As per previous years I’m doing this as a retrospective on the previous year and trying to plan for the year to come
For 2013 I reduced the number of goals I had to give me a better chance of achieving them:
- Make better use of personal time
- Investigate Software Craftsmanship
How did I do?
Make better use of personal time
I didn’t do so well on this, I went “dark” for the majority of the year only managing 4 blog posts in the whole year.
I managed to read a few books and watch several training videos which but I spent a lot more time with my family so on balance I’m not so unhappy with this.
Investigate Software Craftsmanship
I never got going on this goal at all, I never found the time.
I hardly touched my own code this year, I managed to put together a repo on SPA authentication as I could not find any good resources on the net for this, and I also finally managed to put together a repo around EF Migrations to show the problem with using which I had wanted to do for a long time.
This was the first year for the last couple of years that I didn’t give any presentations at all. Unfortunately I missed the inaugural DDD EA but I did manage to attend DDD North 3 which was excellent.
I also attended Progressive .Net Tutorials and DDD Exchange both put on by Skillsmatter, which were good events and I learnt new stuff, I just didn’t get around to blogging about it.
Based on how I’ve managed to do over the last couple of years in achieving my goals and that I want to spend more time with my family I’m going to keep to a small number of goals, in fact I’m taking a leaf out of JD Meiers Getting Results the Agile Way and I’m only defining 3 goals:
I am looking to do at least 1 post a month (not including this one) and it is unlikely that I will continue to post on Tumblr, I would rather have a single source of information (both for me and anybody who reads my blog) rather than having posts on different platforms.
One change I may make, time permitting, is moving this blog to my own host but that is only if time permits.
So I didn’t do so well on my goals for 2013 but I’m being philosophical on that.
This year I’m taking into account the actual amount of time I have available after spending time with my family and setting goals appropriately.
That’s my plans for 2014, if they line up with what you’re intending to do drop me a line as its always nice to collaborate and do stuff with other people than by yourself.