2012: A Retrospective

It’s been a while since I last wrote a year in review for myself but looking back, 2012 was a year with a lot of changes both personally and professionally. Although for the purpose of this blog, I’d probably focus mostly on the more professional aspects of my life – don’t want to bore people to tears after all. Just for kicks, I thought I’d write my 2012 year in review in the form of a scrum retrospective πŸ˜€

Year in Summary

  • Leaving Points International
    Probably one of the biggest changes in my life was leaving Points International. It came even a bit as a surprise to me. After all, it was a job I was very proud of. I was working with some really amazing people. I was working for a few people I admired, made a few people I consider good friends and hang out with every chance I got and also got to work with a friend I consider like a brother as well. I often times describe Points as the company that could – it was a company of approximately 100 people generating about $165M of revenue. It was a company that had the heart to change when necessary and was doing their best to push the envelope. I was also leaving at a time where the company was going through a lot of very positive technology changes.
  • Joining WordJack Media
    So why did I leave Points? I had an opportunity to help a couple of people I admired and considered good friends to start a company. In many ways, this is a start up that makes sense to me – it’s a company that has the ability to generate significant revenue very early in the stage of it’s lifetime. Although it’s a service driven company, it has ambitions to be more. I’ve never had the opportunity to be involved with a company at such an early stage of the Β company and it’s really exciting to be the key driver from a technology perspective.
  • Getting down and dirty with code again
    One of the nice things about working with a company the size of WordJack is that the portfolio is smaller and I can afford to get down and dirty with code again. Not only because there are more opportunities to do so, in so many ways there are demands to do so. It’s the one thing I really missed doing in my last few roles and it’s something that I derive tremendous pleasure from… when my code works πŸ˜€ I’ve gathered a small group of friends to help me keep motivated and focused. We even got to the point where we were able to push the first version of our code outside of our own desktops to a space on the internet somewhere… and no, it’s no where ready for public consumption yet πŸ˜€

Start Doing

  • Get back into the community more
    One of the things that I stopped doing for a couple of years now is that I stopped being part of the online community more. I used to participate a lot more in conversations with people that I have never met. I found that it was a good way to meet new people, learn new things and often times broadening my view on the world around me. Today there are even more communities that I want to engage in – chief among them are Quora, Google Communities and LinkedIn Groups
  • Be a better friend
    I have often used my work as the reason why I stopped going out to see people. I tend to be very engrossed at my job and I am not as good a friend as I can be. There are many people that I feel like I should keep in touch with but probably don’t do as good a job as I’d like
  • Giving back to the community
    I have been given an amazing opportunity to learn many new things in my journey with WordJack. While my code will likely never be good enough to share publicly, I definitely would love to be able to share more of my experiences about helping build a company especially from a technology perspective.

Keep Doing

  • Write more code
    One of the things I’ve done about writing more code is to partner with a few friends to dedicate some time to code. In order to give us some focus, we’ve chosen to work on a project that we can put to public use over time. It makes the coding more meaningful and gives us a target to hit. I definitely benefit greatly from this professionally and it’s something that I’d like to keep doing.

Stop Doing

  • Stop focusing on my mistakes
    I read this article a while ago about the importance of self compassion. At the core of it, here’s what the article highlights – “Self-compassion is a willingness to look at your own mistakes and shortcomings with kindness and understanding – it’s embracing the fact that to err is indeed human.” Like most perfectionists, I tend to be really hard on myself to the point where it becomes a hindrance instead of a help. I think the core thing for me is to focus more on change moving.

So here’s the start to a new year to one and all πŸ˜€