Weekly Focus 2018: 10-28-11.3

  • LSQ
    • Website rebuild
    • Editor’s Ephemera column
    • Issue production
    • Reading stories
  • Storybin tests
  • Studying
    • Custom React starter kit
    • Plan tea app
    • Rails api/proxy fix
    • Comp Sci study
    • Ruby OOP book
    • YDKJS books
  • Enrichment
    • Short story draft
    • Prep book release

A bit out from surgery and it’s time to start getting all this exciting stuff done.

LSQ moves forward even when I don’t. My planning sessions earlier this fall are showing their worth now as I have some wiggle room to absorb being out of commission for a bit.

That list looks long but much of it is copy/paste work or reading or basic issue production I can do with my eyes closed at this point. A good time to get some music listening in!

I am bound and determined to get those Storybin tests finished this week. I have put them off for far too long. They don’t need to be perfect or even complete at this point, they just need to be done enough to trust the happy path.

While I’m benched at work I have a chance to get a lot of studying done. I want to try to bounce around a little and get some reading done as well. Finding the balance between practical application skill acquisition and deepening my knowledge remains tricky for me.

After all the trials last week with all my config issues on various sample environments I’m inspired to make my own projects as easy to set up as possible.

In between all of this good work, I have some writing to do. Next time I sit down with my story-in-progress I’m going to just dump out the rest of the rough draft. It can be a mess. I’ve spent so long editing my novel into shape that I need to remember how to cut loose and just write again.

Speaking of the novel, I ahve to get myself together for its release. Even if it’s just some basic planning, my author website and the book website deserve a little love this week.

I’m doing my best not to feel behind after basically taking the last week off side projects. There is always a ton of stuff to do so my best approach is just lining things up and knocking them down and occasionally I get to send something lovely out into the world.

Weekly Focus 2018: 9.16-9.22

    • LSQ
      • Staff meeting planning
      • Minor tasks
    • Writing Storybin tests
    • Studying Rails Guides
    • Enrichment
      • Immersive Skyrim
      • Stirring
      • Getting morning routine back

I finished the major book production planning for LSQ last week. That’s great as it’s just in time for me to work on planning for the staff meeting on Saturday.

I also have a few dangling threads I need to finish off related to the recent and next issues. LSQ work is perpetual!

Study will continue on the Rails Guides. This week I’ll have a normal schedule so it should be an every day event.

For enrichment, I’ve got to get my book reread finished. My immersive Skyrim post turned into five smaller posts, so I’ll be writing one of those because it’s fun! Finally, after being a bit ill over the weekend, I’m working on getting my morning routine back on track.

Weekly Focus 2018: 9.9-9.16

  • LSQ
    • Plan 2018-2019
    • Write Editor’s Ephemera
  • Storybin
    • Sprint work – Testing
  • Studying
    • Rails Guides
    • Topic lists
  • Enrichment
    • Stirring
    • PPY updates
    • Skyrim post
    • Debugger cards

Last week’s focus list was ridiculous in hindsight. It listed all the things I wanted to do rather than the actual focus themes for the week. So I’ve adjusted this week. A lot more streamlined and, well, focused.

Did a lot of LSQ planning over the weekend and that will continue. Dates for things may change, but I need to know the shape of the thing so I can hopefully avoid crunches and make informed changes if things go off the rails.

I also have my monthly column to write and would love to get a month ahead. It always sneaks up on me.

Storybin had no progress, instead I worked on the LSQ website rebuild, but that can’t happen again this week. There is some learning that needs to happen around that work in order to do it, so that will be done as well. Which leads me to…

Studying is being reduced to reading the Rails Guides and working on a list of topics to review. I’ll jot things down as I encounter them and start doing some targeted studying. I’m functional but I want more fluency. This will help as I start seeing what I don’t know as gaps in a structure rather than one big gaping hole of ignorance.

Enrichment is the same as las week, but with an addition, unlike the other areas of focus. I came up with an idea for a useful set of cards for debugging and will work on those prompts on and off as they come to me.

Weekly Focus 2018: 9.2-9.8

    • LSQ
      • Issue production
      • Plan 2018-2019
      • Organize my posts to write
    • Storybin
      • New sprint
    • Studying
      • Rails Guides
      • Rspec testing book
      • Technical leadership book
    • Enrichment
      • PPY updates
      • Skyrim immersion post
      • Reading A Stirring in the Bones

The focus this week is on mostly the same stuff as last week, but with some adjustments and more clarity.

LSQ issue is done on Wednesday, so by the end of the week that will be fully put to bed. That opens up mental space for planning the next year.

Finally finished the dirt simple sprint for Storybin and now I can get more tests written. Changing to a 2 week sprint cycle will help me actually finish what I outline to do.

Along with that I have some formal Rails studying to do. The Guides are straightforward and I need to sit and read them and take notes, possibly with an eye to creating quizzes for myself and others.

The testing book and a book on technical leadership go hand in hand with that stuff and I hope the latter will also help me with LSQ management stuff too.

Last but not least is what I’m calling Enrichment. That’s the stuff that’s just for me and my own enjoyment and development. Reading Stirring so I can get my thoughts together for a short story. Writing my immersive Skyrim post. Getting all my “stuff” over here so the site feels more robust and lived in.

Of course as life goes on, I’ll be happy if I get half of all this finished.

Weekly Focus 2018: 8.26 – 9.1

  • LSQ issue production
  • Finish current Storybin sprint
  • Rereading Stirring for story ideas
  • Ruby/Rails study
  • Organize LSQ next priorities
  • Thinking about leadership

Production on LSQ is straightforward. Just need to stay on top of it. I should update the checklist template with anything I had missed along the way.

Storybin sprint is just finishing the planning journal and confirming Factorybot is set up. Also need to move the repo to Gitlab so I can stop paying for Github (a needless cost right now). Next sprint should be testing focused.

Rereading A Stirring in the Bones is a joyful, simple thing. Probably the easiest task of the week.

Ruby/Rails studying. What does this look like right now? I need to read the Rspec book I got for sure. And that means just read it, not worry about taking notes or following the code. I need a down and dirty first pass. Along with that, maybe it’s time to make a chart or something of what I do and don’t know. I need a roadmap.

LSQ priorities need work. Things are moving faster than I would like and I need to set out what’s important for the next year. Might be time to do some calendar setup and reverse engineer some deadlines so I can get better on top of things.

Leadership stuff. This is moving to the front of my mind now that my thoughts about blogging have been satisfied. LSQ is a great testbed for my leadership skills. Perhaps I need to read a book or two, or at least some good articles on the subject.