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George Clingerman

I don't typically blog about work. It's just how I am. I like to keep all areas of my life pretty separate and compartmentalized and work doesn't belong on my blog (although blogging does tend to happen at work, weird....).


I'm nearing the finish line for a large product. We have a small team assigned to it (just three developers), but it's a huge piece of work. Somewhere along the way, I slipped and fell and went elbow deep into the guts of it. Now that's where I am day in and day out. I'm pretty proud of the things that we've done with this. I wish I could share some of the things I have developed for this product because they are, in my opinion, some of the best work I have ever done. I've made this product so flexible and so dynamic that sometimes I'll be surprised that the product can even do what it's doing. (that can be a pretty scary feeling, wait, you got it to do what? I didn't even know it could interface with a coffee maker, wow!)

Well, as experienced developers know. As you near that beta line in the sand, the issues/bugs/tickets whatever your particular place of employment calls all the mistakes you've made, really start to pile up (unless you work for some kind of imaginary company and you actually go down in issue count as you approach a deadline, but you probably also fart rainbows out your butt so you don't really count). The issues right now are at their all time high. And with each new build (weekly in our environment) as you close out 20, 30, 40 issues you go to the next meeting (weekly for me) and get assigned 20,30,40 new ones. Until slowly you start to feel like you've really accomplished nothing in a given week. It feels like you're making no forward progress.

Yes, I've become a salmon. I'm swimming upstream to spawn.

But I know, since I've spawned before (boy do I feel dirty saying that....), that soon I will be in the cool clean waters. I will start to see the issue count go down, I will soon start to outpace testing and this feeling. This fishy feeling, will go away and it will be on to the next cycle in the life span of development.

*sigh*, but goodness gracious is the current strong right now....

Posted on Wednesday, October 18, 2006 7:41 AM | Back to top

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