Rediscovering the Obvious

…stumbling in the footsteps of greatness

30 days later

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Wow – it’s been over thirty days since my last post. What’s changed since then?

First, we’ve put into production. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done and that my team has done on this one. We killed ourselves getting it done, but this is the product of just six months of work of the team. We took a new technology, started coding against Silverlight 1.0 and had a working version of the book editor functioning with the ability to print books by March 31, then we dug right back in and built out the same capability in Silverlight 2 Beta 1. This was some of the most fun I’ve had as a developer, ever. We reached functional parity and more in about two months, then added a few key feature areas around photo manipulation and text handling as well as making the entire thing look a LOT better than it did.

Second, I went to Seattle to the APLN Summit and learned an incredible amount from the people I met there. The speaker list was stellar, and the format was incredibly useful for getting professionals to interact with the experts on a variety of topics. Lots of pictures up on Flickr.

Third, at a personal level I’ve been doing a lot of refocusing on what’s important in my life. I’ve dropped some of my weekly commitments and will continue to do so. I’ve made a commitment to spend more time at home in the evenings. I’ve started making an improved effort to reconnect with my peers from various engagements and spend time over beer chatting about technology.  I’m refocusing on learning, because I’ve allowed my focus to drift too far towards execution.


Written by erwilleke

July 25th, 2008 at 9:39 am

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