I had an interview this week for a place on our internal development scheme for senior managers, because that’s what I am.⁰ I’m really excited to find out how it went, which is bad news for me — because I’m not going to find out until mid-December.¹
At the same time, I’ve managed to seize an hour of time with the senior person I need to talk to about the Project, but that won’t be until the week after next. If nothing else, it’ll be good to get feedback on whether the swardley map I put in has had the desired outcome.²
Oh, but at least I’ve got code to write. That’s a genuine pleasure, and even more so now that I’ve collected a mentee who wants to learn. She’s working on a project that’s enormously close to my heart, and it’s an opportunity for me to teach what I love. It’s a complex, interesting problem and coding is itself a weird quasi-art form, so there’s going to be plenty of challenge.
Before one codes, of course, one has to install a bazillion libraries.³
This week has been a very good, very gentle kind of week. Wednesday was the most meeting-heavy week, but at least an hour of that was because I went to One Team Gov breakfast. I’ve been plugging away at a new GDPR-flavoured feature and it’s a doozy, but I’ve finally mostly finished. I got some really great feedback and a chance to pair with my senior on it, so all in all it’s been a really good week.
Hum. That feels a bit dull really. This weekend I was at Open Data Camp which was at my old university, so I went on a massive illustrated trip down memory lane. It starts here, if you’d like to read more:
I'm up, eaten and ready to roll, so I'm heading up to the university to see what's changed. The sun has well and truly beaten me up though, so good morning to you, sun.
— Jonathan (@jonodrew) November 3, 2018
The university’s representative is an old friend of mine, and I’ve volunteered myself to come up and talk to students about the importance of squishy human-ness to software development.
I also appear to have volunteered myself, over the course of the day, to give a TED talk on topographical intelligence. I was not expecting the weekend to go like this, but go like this it has and go with it I shall.
There you go, if someone wants a TED / TEDx speaker on mapping – we have a volunteer -> https://t.co/GpITj7evhh
— Simon Wardley #EEA (@swardley) November 3, 2018
That — alongside some very nice compliments⁴ from people who found themselves in an impromptu mapping session with me — has kicked me into writing more of the Book, along with thinking about how I’d present it as a talk without just nicking all swardley’s slides and regurgitating his keynote from Google and oh god what have I got myself in for.⁵
After a day like that everyone else went and extroverted⁶ in the pub, but I couldn’t bear to do any more talking so headed back to my hotel for a steak and an evening of writing. And here’s its culmination.
How incredibly meta that is.
⁰ An accident, I assure you, but a happy one
¹ Cue the finger twiddling.
² Still, it’s a while away. Back to the twiddling.
³ Wow, these fingers are going to be twiddling champs before much longer.
⁴ “I‘ve never seen anyone but Simon present it with such a focus”
⁵ I’ve just fear-written a thousand words, although the swearing is probably going to have to come out
⁶ and bled, poor Jamie!
— Jamie Whyte (@northernjamie) November 3, 2018