December 15, 2019

First 6 Week Retrospective


I started a dev diary, and plan to post one article a week. The goal is to work completely in public, for accountability.

To kick it off, I published an article looking back on the first 6 weeks (time flies 😱). I look at the goals I set out for myself initially, and how I managed to fulfill them. What went right, what went wrong, and how should I adapt my cadence going forward.

The gist of it is, I realize I get sidetracked easily, and I spend time on non-essential work. This is something I need to get better at.

I failed to achieve all of my technical goals, and they were not all that clear in the first place. I need to be clearer with myself in what I want to achieve.

However, I did succeed occasionally in reigning in my yak-shaving habit, and overall I think I put in a good foundation for continuing work on this.

Finally, I'm publicly committing to my goals for the next status update, for accountability and helping myself not get sidetracked.

Specifically, by Feb 1, 2020, Very Good Finances will have the ability to edit a budget (whereas currently it only allows you to link bank accounts against a sandbox, and sync their transactions in the backend).

Going forward, I also plan to publish technical challenges or product challenges I encounter, not just retrospectives.

Thanks for reading. I hope it's interesting, and I'd be happy for any feedback! 🙌

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