Plans for 2015

With my 2014 year in review complete, it seems natural to write about what I plan on doing for 2015. But these aren’t New Year’s resolutions. Think of these more like my personal product roadmap for this year.

Deliver at Standard Register

We’re building a new ecommerce and procurement platform from scratch, and while we’ve come a long way in the months that I’ve been there, we have a long way to go. Our first major milestone is two months from now, and my expectation is to hit that mark to set us up for constant delivery throughout the rest of the year.

Dive Into Azure

In all my years in the computer industry, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything as big as Microsoft’s Azure platform evolve so quickly. It is astounding how fast they are iterating on something at that scale. We’re starting to use Azure at Standard Register, which will only grow, and I have other things I want to build with Azure in the background. Azure will definitely be a topic you’ll see me write about this year.

Professional Networking

One of the things I’ve missed the last 3-4 years is participating in the software community at-large. I’m planning on attending some conferences and user groups, such as CodeMash, the Microsoft Strategic Architect Forum, Build, and hopefully the API Strategy & Practice Conference. I also plan to submit a talk or two for the conference circuit, which I haven’t done for awhile either.

Open Source Projects

In addition to my NHibernateCocoon project, I currently have 6 items on my whiteboard that I want to work on. I know I won’t get to all of them, but I’ll be happy if I get a couple of them released for public consumption. It’s time to get these things off my whiteboard and make them into real, usable pieces of software.

Write More

Like I mentioned in my Reboot post, I’m trying to make a concerted effort to write more, plain and simple.

Home Improvements

My wife and I have a few things we want to do around the house, two in particular are 1) replacing our entire carpeted downstairs floor with hardwood flooring and 2) redoing our laundry room. Both should be “fun” projects to work on.

Take Better Care of Me

What I’m not going to do is declare how much weight I want to lose or make other similarly hollow statements. I simply plan on being smarter about taking care of myself, both physically and mentally. I believe that taking care of yourself physically leads to a healthier mental state; for me, that means more exercise and better food decisions. I turn 40 in September with a lot of life left to live. I want to be around to do all the things I want to do.

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2 comments

  1. Jayme Davis says:

    Great post, Dave.

    I am excited to see what you write about in regards to Azure. I think there is something great there, but it hides behind complicated VS tools and other processes.

    For Open Source, if you want to dive into anything existing, Stripe.net has picked up quite a user base and I could use some ‘attention to detail’. You have other things to focus on, but your skills/attitude is what I need. Figured I’d mention it.

    I’m starting to learn that food and diet play a major role in my mental health. Software is a tough world, and I think it’s healthy to discuss anxiety. Amen to exercise and diet being a crutch to pulling us through the hard times.

    Godspeed!

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