2013 Six Month Check-point

July 01, 2013

It has been far too long since I last blogged.  There have been a number of reasons, most notably work, family and golf (yeah golf!).  But too much has happened since I last blogged…so I need to get back into it.

Before I go into all the fun things I have been doing, I figured I would do a quick status check on the goals I set at the beginning of the year.  Let's go through them one by one:

  • Reading List - Like everything else, I have slowed a down my reading a bit.  Here's what I have read so far.
  • Blackboard - Am I killing it?  I guess I didn't really set a SMART goal here.  Definitely have a long way to go for me to declare success, but I am having a blast!
  • Blogging - This is a big blemish.  I was supposed to write 1 blog entry a week for the year.  So far, this entry marks 11th entry.  I am 14 weeks behind schedule.  Challenge accepted!
  • DC Continuous Integration, Delivery and Deployment Meetup - This group has far exceeded my expectations.  Here are the metrics:
    • Targeted 250 members, currently at 360+.  Awesome!
    • We have met once a month so far
    • No workshops scheduled
  • Public Speaking - I will talk about this more in future blogs, but so far.  Here's where I stand:
    • Public Speaking Events - I have given three talks this year, two of them were repeats. This is complete.
    • New Talks Given - None given, but one scheduled.  More on that later.
  • Chef - I have made some progress but not as much as I would like.  I am hoping the addition of a new team member will help create some progress in this area.
  • Jenkins Plugins - Technically speaking, I was able to do this.  I had a pull request accepted for the Jenkins Job DSL plugin.  We recently had an Innovation Day (hack event) at Blackboard and Michael Dumont and I were able to add a simple feature to the Etsy Master Project Jenkins Plugin.  Pull request pending.
  • Ruby - No progress to date, other than Chef work.  Hopefully I can find a window to focus on this.

All in all, I do feel like this year is right on track, with the exception of this blog.  I have promised myself to focus more on blogging, so expect good things.

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