Retrospective Feb 11 – 24

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A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.

— Steve Jobs

Last week was missing a post because I decided to switch to a 2 week period. While the one week version was good for creating a sense of urgency, the downside was an unnecessary pressure that didn’t comport with the reality of my goals. I took a step back after a particularly draining few days and realized that such a myopic view of my progress was negatively impacting my outlook. Progress isn’t always linear. There are good days and bad ones. On balance, things are going well.

Learning Cocoa (iOS/macOS):

Last Sprint This Sprint

DTSEssentials Framework: Shared Code for iOS/macOS apps

Added some helpful updates to the framework. Finally got a version of my FormViewController done that I likes, only to discover an existing library. Still, the learning process was beneficial.

Last Sprint This Sprint
  • ViewController Containment extensions
  • FormViewController
  • UIKit extensions

Gobo (iOS): Nomad Expense Log

Beta was delayed but I’m within a few days of getting it out.

Last Sprint This Sprint
  • Updated Screen Designs
  • Bug fixes for issues updating entries
  • Basic stats for expenses
  • Form validation
  • Exchange Rates
  • Settings
  • TestFlight Beta Submission

Voice Over Work:

Still haven’t gotten to the new VO platforms yet. Have to get that done this sprint. I landed another audiobook narration too, which is great.

Last Sprint This Sprint
  • 7 VO gigs via trainer
  • Submit 3 auditions on ACX
  • Audiobook Narration
  • VO gigs as they arrive

Health:

Holding steady with the step count. Back to boxing as main part of workout regimen (no bag work/sparring yet). I want to add capoeira back in but I need better knee support.

Last Sprint This Sprint
  • Workout: 200 cal/session
  • Walking: 158,821 steps (11,352 /day)
  • Workout: 200 cal/session
  • Walking (avg. 10000 steps /day)

Reading List:

Last Sprint This Sprint
  • Black Panther – Christopher Priest run
  • Batman – The Court of Owls

Retrospective Feb 4 – 10/ Planning Feb 11 – 17

I don’t know what to tell you. I’m happy for the first time in my life and I’m not gonna feel bad about it. It takes a long time to realize how truly miserable you are and even longer to see it doesn’t have to be that way. Only after you give up everything can you begin to find a way to be happy.

— Fuzzy Whiskers, BoJack Horseman

This past week was a wash work wise but I did spend a lot of time socializing and enjoying the city. From Super Bowl Sunday to my tour of Guátape to my first football match in South America, my work week was essentially cut in half but it was good to recharge and get away from projects.

Learning Cocoa (iOS/macOS):

Last Week This Week

DTSEssentials Framework: Shared Code for iOS/macOS apps

Updates are delayed until this week.

Last Week This Week
  • LoadingViewController

  • ErrorViewController

  • ValidationViewController

  • ViewController Containment extensions
  • FormViewController

Puffin (iOS): Daily Standup App

Nothing scheduled this week as I’m working to get Gobo Expense Log to beta testers in this sprint.

Last Week This Week

Gobo (iOS): Nomad Expense Log

In the home stretch to get the app to beta testers.

Last Week This Week
  • Form validation
  • Exchange Rates
  • Updated Screen Designs
  • Settings

Voice Over Work:

Got 4 gigs through the trainer pipeline. Still need to get profiles up on additional platforms.

Last Week This Week
  • 4 VO gigs via my trainer
  • Create ACX Profile
  • Submit 3 auditions on ACX
  • Create Voice Bunny Profile
  • Create Fiverr Profile
  • VO gigs as they come in

Health:

The Activity App has increased the daily move goal for the 2nd straight week (570 calories). I’m changing my focus from minutes of cardio to active calories burned.

Last Week This Week
  • Workout: 166 cal/session
  • Walking: 82,067 steps (11,723 /day)
  • Workout: 200 cal/session
  • Walking (avg. 10000 steps /day)

Reading List:

Wakanda Forever!!!!!

Last Week This Week
  • Black Panther – Christopher Priest run
  • Black Panther – Christopher Priest run

Retrospective Jan 28 – Feb 3/ Planning Feb 4 – Feb 10

“Always forward”

– Henry ‘Pop’ Hunter (Luke Cage)

I felt like I was spinning my wheels this past week. When I look back, I realize that I made progress but it didn’t feel like it when I was “in the weeds”.

Learning Cocoa (iOS/macOS):

This week I completed the Beginning CloudKit on iOS course on RayWenderlich.com. I’m implementing CloudKit in the apps that I’m working on and the course served as a great introduction for using the framework.

DTSEssentials Framework: Shared Code for iOS/macOS apps

No new updates were added this week. New additions are upcoming

Last Week This Week
  • LoadingViewController

  • ErrorViewController

  • ValidationViewController

  • ViewController Containment extensions
  • FormViewController

Puffin (iOS): Daily Standup App

I updated the icon for the app to correspond with the name change (the old name was Ubu) but I couldn’t fight my love of puffins any longer. I wanted to revisit what I learned in the Skillshare Letter Design class I took last year. I’ll keep iterating over it as I work on the app.

Last Week This Week
  • App Icon update

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Gobo (iOS): Nomad Travel Log

Using the aforementioned CloudKit course, I was able to get my record types created on the iCloud. After getting some feedback from my weekly demos, I am updating a few of the screens and implementing the local cache (using CoreData) and syncing with CloudKit. Screenshots coming next week with the beta!

Last Week This Week
  • App Icon (version 1.0)
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yes, I know the wings are off
  • Launch Screen
  • CloudKit Support
 

  • Form validation
  • Exchange Rates
  • Local cache
  • Sync between local cache/CloudKit

Voice Over Work:

I completed the short story narration and was introduced to another option for voice overs, Audiobook Creation Exchange (ACX). I’ll be auditioning for projects there this week.

Last Week This Week
  • 2 VO gigs via my trainer
  • Create ACX Profile
  • Submit 3 auditions on ACX
  • Create Voice Bunny Profile
  • Create Fiverr Profile
  • VO gigs as they come in

Health:

Another week in which I closed all of my rings in the Activity App!  Bad news is I forgot to wear my watch on my Monday trek to Guatapé so I’ll have to start a new streak. My average step count is down as this week but I’ll get it back up this week with more walking.

Last Week This Week
  • Cardio: 192 minutes total (avg. 31.71 min/day)
  • Walking: 80,350 steps (11,478 /day)
  • Workout:
    • Elliptical (15 min/day)
    • Boxing: Footwork/Shadowboxing/Defense drills (3 rounds)
  • Walking (avg. 10000 steps /day)

Reading List:

Didn’t get to Black Panther yet. I really have to stay off the internet and stop watching footage and non-spoiler reviews.

Last Week This Week
  • Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano (Part 1)
  • Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano (Part 2)
  • Black Panther – Christopher Priest run