Monthly Review: May 2017

I publish a monthly review of habits, work, etc. You’ll be able to find them all here.

It’s been a long time since I’ve done one of these monthly reviews! The last one was probably my 2016 retrospective (and November 2016 before that). The past few months have been exceptionally busy so blogging took a backseat. I’m excited to get back at it particularly with these monthly reviews as I think there’s something really special about setting public goals.

As for May 2017, it was an awesome month both at work and at home. I was able to set aside a solid portion of time for development-oriented work, and I learned some new concepts while tackling issues in Calypso. At home, I competed in my first CrossFit competition in awhile and joined a marathon relay team. We also had family and friends visiting us in Colorado. A packed month for sure! Here’s a full breakdown of books, goals, etc and what I’m working on in June.

What did I read?

Looking ahead to this month, I’m going to read MoneyballThe Undoing Project, and Permission Marketing.

Time Spent Coding

31 hours

I was able to block out some significant chunks of time (mainly in the early morning and late evening) for coding in May. This is probably the most time I’ve spent working on code-related projects ever. I suspect this number will decrease in June as I have some other items to work on, but May was a ton of fun. I’m excited by the progress I made working on Calypso and attempting to fix new bugs.

Goals For June

Looking ahead to June, I have two fitness-related events (a GoRuck event and a Ragnar Trail relay) alongside some vacation and some work travel. As a result, I’m going a bit conservative with the goals I set.

  • Complete Wes Bos’ ES6 course (#)
  • Make progress on the Treehouse PHP course
  • Read 3 books
  • 8 pull requests to Calypso
  • Publish 5 blog posts here on the personal blog

3 thoughts on “Monthly Review: May 2017

  1. Sounds like a great month man! Stoked to hear about the CF competition. What was your biggest takeaway from Originals?
    What’s the GoRuck race?

    1. The CrossFit event was fantastic. If you’re curious, I laid out the 3 workouts + floater here:

      I really enjoyed the team aspect. 10/10 would do it again.

      For Originals, two things stood out:

      – How risk averse managers create too many false negatives in their own mind:

      > Managers tend to be too risk averse. They focus on the costs of investing in bad ideas rather than the benefits of piloting good ones, which leads them to commit a large number of false negatives.

      To me, the best workaround is to lean the organization towards a “try it in a small sample size” for most ideas assuming that “trying it” doesn’t have a drastic downside.

      – Being trapped in prototypes. In uncertain situations, our gut instinct is to fallback to ideas that look similar to those that have succeeded in the past:

      > In the face of uncertainty, our first instinct is often to reject novelty, looking for reasons why unfamiliar concepts might fail. When managers vet novel ideas, they’re in an evaluative mindset. To protect themselves against the risk of a bad bet, the compare the new notion on the table to templates of ideas that have succeeded in the past.

      The GoRuck is this 10-hour long, military-esque event that I’m doing with a buddy of mine in Colorado. Should be a good time. I’m quite certain 30# will start to feel pretty heavy!

      1. I saw Adam Grant speak at SXSW and got to speak with him afterward. I loved the notion of trying things and failing fast. We’ve started to do more of those small style pilots at our firm and it has worked really well. I need to do more of it in my own life!

        Rad on the CF! I need to get back in the box… workouts have been great, but I miss the team competition aspect.

        This race looks awesome! It looks like there are a lot near Chicago too! I’ll check it out after Spartan this weekend.

        Catch up soon –

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