A Banner Year.2014 will go down as a banner year for me. I bought a house and actually enjoy Featherston. I started a new role at the best workplace I have ever worked, and that includes when I was a Dive Instructor for Ban's Diving. But you aren't here to read about me. You want the real stuff so here goes with the professional things I have learned.
Things I've learned to love in 2014
Free internet toolsIn all my previous jobs I have worked on bespoke software to do specific jobs. Helping people become New Zealand Citizens and finding people's media for them meant I've worked on custom software for most of my career.
My favourite tools this year have been:
- Evernote, just great for meeting notes and all other quick things to type.
- Trello, I'm still learning how to get the best from this fantastic tool but it has really helped me keep track of my workload and make sure everything that needs to get done is done.
- MailChimp, one of the best compliments I can give a tool is that it does what it says on the tin. As I said in this blog MailChimp lives up to it's statement 'Send Better Email' and more.
My TeamI've worked a lot of places over the years and one thing I have heard many times is "Its the people that make the job good". I've always thought 'Yeah, but the people and the job are independent, right?'. At OptimalBI the people are intrinsic to the job and the job is intrinsic to the people. We wouldn't have such great people if is wasn't for the fun work we do and the work wouldn't be as much fun without the people we have.
AgileI'd never heard of Agile before I started working for OptimalBI. In fact I was bit weary of new methodologies after growing up with a father who got very into Edward De Bono and his six thinking hats. But Agile is great as I said in this blog. You can read all our Agile blogs here. At the end of our Sprints we have Show and Tell where we demonstrate what we have been working on as a way to validate, I really look forward to Show and Tell.
Peer reviewI'm a can be shy person and having my work reviewed has previously been a rather uncomfortable experience; what if what I have produced isn't very good and everybody finds out?
Now I know better, due to the great team of people I work with having my work reviewed is now actually something I look forward to. I know my work won't be 'perfect' whatever that is but it is all part of the weeding process as described by Shane Gibson here. I'm not a Dev but I get the idea Shane is making and I completely agree.
BloggingI had never regularly blogged before I worked at OptimalBI. I'd written a few but 'I blog' should really be 'I regularly blog' or it doesn't really count. Now I know I will always be aiming to write a blog a week.
My cycle is:
- Plan work
- Execute work
- Blog about work
Myself, a bit moreI've learned a lot about myself this year. I started on the journey to become a great community manager and marketing professional. I learned how to be excited by coming to work.
I learned I have some, but not all, the traits of an introvert here.
I learned how to get over myself and get on with the job.
Anyway, as I said at the start of this blog 2014 will be going down as a banner year. But I am super excited about 2015. Things are not slowing down they are getting faster like a wheel rolling down hill.
Hold on for more excitement to come.