Personal Retrospective 2/7/14 :: Focus

Questions

  • What are you focused on learning over the coming three weeks?
  • What are you focused on achieving?
  • How do you focus best? What specific tools, techniques, places, or people make it happen?
  • Are you building those supports into your day-to-day?
  • What will it look like when you achieve these goals? How will you know they've been achieved?

I'm a little bit happy and a little bit not happy to sit down and write this retrospective. Largely, those two emotions are connected to the same fact: I really haven't thought about my goals for the last three weeks of class.

My hope was that I would spend my last three weeks of class learning a technology that I would need in my future job.

With that in mind - I've actually decided to start asking these questions in interviews:

In the next few weeks, we get to work on a mastery project. If you had three weeks to spend all day every day working on something, and were in a building full of developers who would answer your questions - what would you want to focus on learning?

And what do you think would help someone get a head start in your company?


How do you focus best?

I focus best when I'm solving an actual problem and seeing a result. I now know that I retain virtually nothing when I sit down and do things on Codacademy. Not that the classes aren't great, they are, but they're done in a literal box that doesn't connect to any real world application. 

I also need some kind of background noise to focus. And I need human interaction. Coffee shops are great. Working in class has been great. 

Are you building those supports into your day-to-day?

I haven't been, but I should. 

Since I find human interaction to be important to my focus, I think it would be important to keep a network of people that I can reach out to randomly to say 'HELP JESUS GOD HELP ME I'M IN A CODE NIGHTMARE FROM WHICH THERE IS NO ESCAPE"

What will it look like when you achieve these goals? How will you know they've been achieved?

I am looking at the Mastery Project as a barometer for success. To me, I think success will look like my presenting something that grabs the class's attention without the heavy use of gifs. That means that I did something that hasn't been shown before and did it well enough to present something.