"I sometimes get our own scouts to watch us," Boothroyd said to the CT, "because you can get too caught up in things and so it's good to have an objective view.
"You can never afford to stand still. Just as we try to work out how to play against other teams, they've all had a good look at us so now we have to think about how we can give them new problems and things to think about.
"It is really beneficial because I always analyse a lot of games and look at statistics to see what we were good at and not so good at, and then as the season goes along you can chop it up into little bits so that you focus on one game at a time within six-game cycles so you can check on your progress.
"And then halfway through the season you have a half-time report on where you are, where you are strong and weak and what you need to do to the systems and processes you have in place or the way you play and the personnel you might need, and then we do the same at the end of the season.
"But while we are going along doing that, I think it is important to get someone who is not with you every day at the coal face to just come and look at you.
"I have done it with other managers who have perhaps been out of work, or people whose opinion I trust," he said, "and other people who work for us to come and look at us and imagine they were playing us to see where they would look to attack us and where they would look to defend against our strengths.
"So it is like a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) if you like and I think you have got to be on-going in doing that because sometimes you do get caught up with the game and the emotion of the results sometimes.
"One thing I think I am good at is being able to separate the emotion from the occasion and ask the question like on Saturday when we won, where do we need to improve instead of getting carried away with the result because sometimes you can play really well and lose, as we did against Preston.
"It does even itself out in the end - you hope - but performance-wise we have got to keep on top of ourselves."
Closer to home, Boothroyd revealed that goalkeeping coach Steve Ogrizovic is given a watching brief on matchdays, while chief scout Andy Thorn has become a bit of an unsung hero and valuable member of his backroom staff.
"Oggy goes in the stand for every game and we organise it that a member of staff looks at the defence and one the attack, and he has an overview of it all and gives his opinion, and I obviously have mine," he said.
"I always listen and sometimes I'll use people's opinions and sometimes I will do what I think.
"I don't communicate with them during the game but when we go in at half time I like to get a feel for what people think and that has to be concise and important points that can make a difference."
Boothroyd continued: "Andy Thorn's role has changed considerably from last year because I have him in on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to debrief the game when we do it as a staff.
"He listens to what went well for us, and what didn't, and he does some work on the training pitch with Steve Harrison with the back four, so his role has grown massively since pre-season when he came and helped us out.
"He has been a really valuable member of staff - hugely valuable - because when someone has got that experience and that talent you have got to utilise every last drop from them.
"He's still chief scout but just doing a bit on the training pitch as well.
"He does a little bit of everything and sometimes he says something that we have all missed, and I think that's important."