Sticking with the change

Sticking with the change

I have been open and committed to my desire to change. Or rather push myself to professional excellence in my areas of interest. Through this I’m creating tangible goals… so this should get me all set up, right? RIGHT!? …

How to go about change though? Given the desire to push myself to new heights and at the same time change several aspects I’ve embraced the blogosphere again. But have I started out on the wrong foot?

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How are you, Really?

“How are you?”

A simple question that usually is followed by a polite response expressing our contentment with our daily life situation. I’ve been answering it a little differently lately: “Not so good, really. I’m completely burnt out!”

People are taken aback by this brutal honesty and many don’t know how to respond. I don’t want to make things hard on them, but I can’t stand lying to others (and myself) anymore. Regardless of peoples responses, it’s been a relief to come out in the open. Continue reading “How are you, Really?”

Transitions pt.2 – a new beginning

This post is signalling an end to my time at Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), even though it’s just a few months since I announced my career-move there. Before I go on about whats happening, I’d like to emphasise that NRK is a great place to be. I’ve met a lot of talented people and been exposed to a company culture that oozes of professionalism and encourages peoples creativity to flow.

That said, I’ve been given the opportunity to release the entrepreneur in me, and be part of creating something. During my time at Komplett, we created Bifrost, an open-sourced platform for application development. A bi-product of our efforts was a mindset towards application development and collaboration between team members that we found to be unique. Which is what has lead myself and Einar Ingebrigtsen to establish dolittle as a knowledge company.

We believe that writing code isn’t meant to be hard. It’s all about asking the right questions and getting the right answers in any given problem-domain. We believe Bifrost is part of the solution, allowing development teams to focus on the right problem; namely creating software that solves the needs of the end-user and the business.

Needless to say I’m excited about things moving forward, we see great potential in what we’re focusing on, and we’ll be keeping things up to date on the official dolittle blog.

I’d like to thank the people at NRK for the opportunity, and I hope to meet them again some time in the future.

Transitions

As some of you may know, I’ve left the domain of scandinavian e-commerce and am no longer part of the web-team at Komplett Group.

My time at Komplett has been quite a ride; I’ve met some extremely skilled people, and worked on some really exciting stuff. Contrary to what some people might believe, the web-team is small and covers a lot of area. There was a lot of responsibilty and pressure, but also a lot of fun to be had. This has also allowed me to delve into several areas of software development that I couldn’t have on a larger team.

I now find myself neck deep within media / brodcasting production. To be more clear, I’m now part of the department for New Media at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK Nye Medier). Quite a large leap from e-commerce, but at the end of the day it’s all about delivering business value to the customer(s), and that’s something I’m getting the hang of :).

I’ve now started my commute to Oslo on a daily basis, and the team has welcomed me with open arms. They all seem thrilled to have me on board. It’s a good feeling, and I hope to find my role here, as I did at Komplett.

I like to think that it’s at Komplett I “found myself” as a developer. I’m looking forward to continue building upon my skills and continue my journey at NRK… :)

2012, how about this year?

2011 has been hectic, to say the least. Full of enriching life-experiences (personal and professional). I had a few goals for the past year: my health, family, profession. Some things worked out quite well, other things…not so well (so what’s new?).

A friend of mine is going on about his big hairy goal. It’s intimidating and inspiring. Here are some things I’m hoping to dive into this coming year:

Not necessarily in that order.

‘Dev’casts

Podcasts

I haven’t really been much of a podcast-subscriber, but since getting an Ipod nano, I found them entertaining and practical. I tried subscribing to a couple of radio-podcasts (RadioResepsjonen, Pyro, Tinitus) from a few Norwegian station. This worked out pretty nicely while I was at work, but seeing that I’m now on paternal leave, I have no time to listen to them.

The Space-Time Continuum

Paternal leave gives me tons of time with my 10 month old son, but it exhausts me totally. So when he sleeps, I find myself on the sofa trying to get back my energy. I’m really, really loving the fact that I have the opportunity to spend so much quality time with my family, but I find that i don’t have the time to deep-dive into code and experiment, which was part of the plan for my leave. It seems that there’s always something that comes up that takes up the time, and I’m guessing this is just the start of it since we’re expecting number 2 in August ;)

Devcasts

I came over a blog by Scott Hanselman, and found his podcasts, Hanselminutes. I listened to one of the top-rated episodes: Be a better developer in 6 months. This was one of the largest motivational factors that inspired me to start this blog, and has really given me a strong drive to endorse myself in coding.

So..a strong interest for developing, and “no” time to endorse it.

Devcasts to the rescue! These podcasts by Scott really covered vast amounts of topics and gave good insight into coding techniques, patterns, technologies and much, much more … BabySmash!

I found that I could subscribe to these devcasts, rather than those radio shows, and listen to them while walking with my son in his stroller. It was, and still is a great way to really get my curiosity going and has given me a drive to make time to code :)

More Devcasts….

So Hanselminutes was the start, but it’s obviously good to get inout from other people. More variation, more opinions, more learning… That’s when I came across a great blog by Einar Ingebrigtsen, a Microsoft MVP situated in Vestfold, Norway. I first came across Einar through a dev-evening arranged through IKT-Grenland where he held a great session on silverlight 2.0. Einar also podcasts, or rather videocasts, which really are great. I listened to him interview Scott Hanselman the other day, and was hooked.

So now I’m a regular on Scott’s and Einar’s devcasts. Through these I’ve discovered several really, good blogs and also a podcast by StackOverflow

Devcasts, blogs, twitter…

So now I’m following blogs by Scott, Einar, Jeff Atwood (StackOverflow) and several others on a regular basis. Alongside this I follow several devs on Twitter that give me small 140 characters of inspiration (bite-size!). Twitter is a great way to keep get heads-up info on new topics, techniques, tips or just get solid good information.

So I’m slowly trying to expand my network, gathering more information from more devcasts, tweeple, blogs. I strongly recommend anyone who hasn’t listened to devcasts to give it a try.

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