2019, it’s the end of the year, and the end of the decade. This time 10 years ago I had just been made redundant, it ended up being perfect timing and the decade that followed was amazing and challenging. I’ve been lucky enough to work with teams full of smart and friendly folk and through the fantastic LondonCD Meetup and Pipeline Conferences discovered Continuous Delivery which ended up leading me into Engineering Management.
Along the way I’ve spoken at conferences and meetups, contributed to a book, co-led Weekend Testing Europe, appeared on some podcasts, and launched Humans + Tech. Whoo.
Not everything has gone exactly to plan and I leave this decade with greater patience and tolerance. Yes, really. I know that every situation teaches you something and for me at least, I need to look for that opportunity and focus on it. Moving into Engineering Management has given me great opportunities to learn about things that I had never even thought about. From coaching people to Kubernetes, and with an awful lot of AWS too, I’m loving the random things I get to learn day to day through work.
I love to read and this decade has been accompanied by some of my favourite books. I’ve loved Radical Candor, The Unicorn Project, Deep Work, Resilient Management, Powerful, and The Coaching Habit as well as many, many others. I could read all day, every day but in the past few years I’ve started to realise that filling my mind with endless ideas doesn’t necessarily translate into successful execution. Reading a little less and working to apply the best ideas either to myself, my writing, or my teams is a better approach and one that I’ll be continuing to work on in 2020.
In the next decade I’m going to be more intentional. I’m not very good at being bored and often end up agreeing to things without really thinking about what I want to do. In 2020, and hopefully in the years that follow, I’ll be choosing just a few things to really focus my attention on. The results may feel slower, and I might actually need to learn to accept boredom, but the end result should be far more satisfying. In 2020, my (out of work) focus will be on Humans + Tech, my book, and working out how to pull the millions of threads of ideas into a coherent story or tool that actually makes sense.
Huge thanks to everyone I’ve had the pleasure of working with, getting to know, drinking coffee with, or sharing ideas with over the internet. Happy New Year!