What? A year already?
How time has flied! It has been a year since I joined ThoughtWorks. In the last 12 months, I've:
- Visited ThoughtWorks India in Bangalore
- Worked in 3 totally different projects (.Net desktop app, build & deploy at an enterprise level, and Agile coaching) in 3 different locations (London, Connecticut, New York)
- Became a committer of an Open Source project, DbDeploy.net
- Attended ALT.NET conference in Seattle
- Started ALT.NET NYC with a bunch of great, like-minded developers
- Edited 4 ThoughtWorks IT Matters podcasts
- Helped out with recruitment (code reviews, office interviews, phone interviews)
Skills and tools that I've learnt/developed that I didn't think I would otherwise:
- Agile project management, planning, estimation (Mingle)
- Presentation and coaching (PowerPoint!, public speaking)
- Build & Deploy (CruiseControl.NET, Cruise, TeamCity, NAnt, MSBuild, PowerShell, etc.)
- iPhone development
- Mocking (NMock, Moq)
- UI Automated testing (Selenium)
What I can't quantify is the amount of learning I've done during this time. Working with smarter people than myself drove me to self-improvement in ways that I did not think I can or would.
I don't know what would happen in the next 12 months but one thing for sure, I would definitely enjoy it.
Despite podcasts being on the interweb for at least 7 years, many of my friends (some are tech savvy, some not) are still not utilizing this really useful medium. Even for those who listen to podcasts, they only have around 1 or 2 in their iTunes podcast subscriptions list. Am I the only person in my social group who listen to more than 2 podcasts?
Here is the list of podcasts that I subscribe to. Perhaps you'll find your podcasts in it?
- Battlestar Galactica
- Formula 1 Video
- Friday Night Comedy from BBC Radio 4
- HDTV and Home Theater
- The Kindle Chronicles
- MacBreak (HD Video)
- MacBreak Weekly
- MacBreak Tech
- Security Now!
- Tennis Pod Pro Video
- This American Life
- ThoughtWorks – IT Matters
- U.S. Senator Barack Obama
- The VFX Show
Similarly, RSS feed has been around for a long time and most of my friends are still not using it to consume news or websites. Currently I subscribe to 59 RSS feeds. Am I just more efficient at consuming news or am I just an information junkie?