Although I cannot offer a perfect solution, I'm experimenting with a framework that some have found useful to determine their goals for the year.
Let me explain...
I've blogged about Learn, Practice, Teach and Innovate earlier.
The facets at the top are...
- Personal: What do you plan to learn, practice, teach, innovate this year? How will you position yourself in 2009 to inch closer to your target profile (separate post coming soon)?
- Project: Our primary activity/deliverable... bread and butter (Biju blogged about it)
- Community: Center of Excellence (CoE), Portfolios, Interest groups, Application Development group, IT
- External: Outside Firm (IT forums, IT industry, consumer internet, open source, etc.). How will you engage externally to improve and contribute back?
With this framework you can paint both, the as-is and the target picture (impact planned for the year). It can help set your goals and direct your efforts.
- You don't need to have a plan for every cell in the framework. Don't stretch yourself too thin
- The framework is merely to assist in goal setting. It is not a tool for planning and time frames
Here's an example (thanks James!)