The Least You Can Do

Mom: “Ray, the least you could do is…”
Dad: “The least I could do is nothing.”

I often heard this dialogue between my parents when I was young. My mother would express displeasure about something that my father did/didn’t do. She would express a desire for a little more effort (usually in the form of some small gesture).

“Ray, the least you could do is…”

His response was always the same.

“The least I can do is nothing.”

It was my earliest introduction to my Dad’s personality.
It was sarcastic.
It annoyed my mother to no end.
And to a 10-year old weened on comedy, it was incredibly funny.

I was always looking for ways to inject the phrase into conversations. I even tried to mimic my Dad’s delivery, down to the smirk, head tilt and raised eyebrow.

As an adult, I would learn 2 things:

  • No one I dated would ever find it humorous/clever and no amount of nodding and winking would save me
  • The Least You Can Do is a powerful concept when used for good

On the path of 80 Hours to MVP, I found myself revisiting and repurposing that phrase. Instead of stopping at literal interpretation, I turned it on it’s head. By doing two simple things, I turned what was a joke into an effective approach for maintaining momentum in pursuit of my goals.

The first part is turning the phrase into a question. What is the least I could do? I find that asking questions keeps thoughts flowing and prevents me from getting stuck. For example, when I’m debugging, I ask myself questions to work my way through the current state of a problem to a viable solution. However, that alone would not transform the phrase into a powerful tool.

The second, equally important, part is adding an actual outcome. By providing a narrowly defined outcome, I can devise a pathway to completion. What is the least I could do to achieve the desired outcome?

I find this approach effective at both the macro and micro levels. In determining the success metrics that I defined in the Kickoff Interview, I have provided the macro version. I know what would make this endeavor successful in my eyes. The least you can do is the defining trait for the MVP.

Success requires consistent action. The difficulty is in the implementation and it’s easy to get stuck in the details. If you’ve spent too much time working through issues, frustration and discouragement can set in. Many projects are abandoned when some seemingly trivial tasks become more difficult and start to eat away at your time. It is at this point that you’re most susceptible to quitting.

You must resist the temptation to weigh your endeavors with the scale of frustration.

It is at this point that going back to the mantra of the least you can do proves effective at the micro level.

For example, in implementing the MVP for Puffin, I knew that I wanted reports on my activities. I knew implementing something robust would take too much time. Even implementing a chart library was going to eat into my development schedule as there was still a learning curve. So I asked myself, what’s the least I can do to get some metrics for my work activity? I decided that instead of providing a fancy chart, I could provide aggregate date (e.g.. total # of sessions, total time worked). In doing so, I had one of the solutions the app was designed to provide (how much did I work today?).

Another example of where I use this technique is in fitness. It’s hard for me to stay in shape on the road, since I tend to get tunnel vision on projects and am loathe to actually go to the gym. I solved this problem by asking what’s the least I can do to maintain a basic fitness level? My MVP of fitness is 30 minutes of HIIT training 3 times a week. And even when I’m struggling with motivation, I take it one level lower and focus on the least I can do to kickstart this workout. For me, the answer is usually a minimal action of few basic stretches/jumping jacks just to get my body warmed up. I then build on the inertia and add another small chunk and before I know it, I’ve completed 30 minutes.

Setting minimal metrics provides a clear stopping point as well. If I lack knowledge or experience in an area, I can complete the minimal actions given my current level and return at a later time, when I’ve acquired sufficient skills. By putting an cap on this iteration and enhancing it later, I minimize delays, the accompanying frustrations and maximize efficiency.

Make the least you can do work for you.

80 Hours to MVP: Kickoff!

“Begin with the end in mind” – Stephen Covey

The first step in our 80 Hours to MVP requires us to make a jump forward in time. For this, we’ll take a cue from author Stephen Covey and “Begin with the End in Mind”. It is the 2nd habit covered in his bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  Using visualization, we can prepare ourselves for success. You’ve no doubt heard countless stories of how athletes use visualization to prepare themselves for success on the playing field. I was introduced to this technique in an undergrad Sci-Fi Literature class in which I was tasked with writing a resume representing my completed writing career. It was a great opportunity of project myself into the future and look back at the choices that I would like to have made.

In applying visualization to my development projects, I complete a self interview about the completed project, which helps get my initial vision out of my head and into a tangible form. I’ve used various templates but most recently I’ve settled on using questions that I’ve seen on Apple’s App Store “Meet The Developer” section. Getting featured in the App Store is a goal I’d like to achieve so it’s not a stretch to imagine how I would answer these questions.

Let’s take a look at the questions and see how they can help.

What problem were you trying to solve with this project?

Starting with our WHY is critical as you should have a clear idea of the problem that you are trying to solve. It doesn’t have to be earth-shattering to be worthwhile, it just needs to be clearly stated. Referring back to the answer to this question during the development process can help you stay on track and prevent feature creep.

What was your biggest challenge?

This is a funny question to me because I have always been wrong in retrospect. Imagining the future won’t prevent mistakes from being made. There are many assumptions in the beginning, particularly because the are so many unknowns.

What turned out to be easier than you expected?

This question is similar in nature to the previous one and can be just as difficult to answer. There’s probably at least one aspect of this project that will be much easier than initially imagined.

At what point did you realize that this was going to work?

What would the project look like/do at a minimum for it to be viewed as a success. It is that point at which it is determined to “work”. Use this to define success milestones for the project.

How and where does everyone work on the this project?

Answering this question provides an opportunity to get a handle on logistics. Are you working on this project alone or with others? If working with others, how will you communicate? How often will you meet to discuss progress or issues?

What advice would you give to your younger self?

This question was the impetus for the 80 Hours to MVP approach. After completing the Gobo app, I realized I could’ve gotten to a usable version much sooner by thinking/shipping smaller. There will almost always be something that you’ll wish you’d known when you started.

What’s next?

After the MVP is complete, what are the next steps? Think about both the obvious (e.g. additional features, other platforms) and not-so-obvious (e.g. marketing campaigns, press releases, support) actions you can take.

Once you’ve completed the MVP, go back to this initial interview and go over the questions.

  • How accurate were you?
  • Which assumptions were right/wrong?
  • What would you do differently?
  • Are there any additional questions that you would’ve have asked at the beginning? (feel free to add those to your template)

80 Hours to MVP

I started 2018 with a grand plan of having 10 apps in the App Store by year’s end. I would split my time between developing apps and embarking on a new career in voice over. I had broken the plan down into four 13-week segments, each with a one week retrospective/break at the end. By the end of the 2nd quarter, it was obvious that my approach was not providing the visible gains that I expected. Only Gobo, an expense tracking app for iOS, was on track for release, with older projects stuck in Development Hell. The cascading effect was that my blogging had stopped as well (what was I going to write about if I wasn’t making “progress”?)

My frustration was growing. It wasn’t as if I wasn’t working every day. I had a daily standup, task lists and bi-weekly retrospectives. All for a one person team.

Could the problem be some flaw in my process?

It is too Agile? Not Agile enough?
Do I need to use storyboards? Should I write everything in code?
Should I use React?

Why was I even doing this in the first place?

This entire endeavor was self imposed. If I didn’t want to continue, I was free to stop.

So what was the point of it all?

I simply enjoy making stuff. Completed projects provide self-affirming feedback, further powering the confidence/competence cycle. It’s a drug with a potent, sustainable high.

So rather than packing it in and accepting defeat, I’ve decided to try a feasible middle ground, between the equally disappointing quarter length projects and the hackathon/death marches that left me physically and mentally drained.

80 Hours to MVP

Nothing earth-shattering. Any product idea has to become a deliverable product within 80 hours of starting.

And then it’s DONE.

Pencils down.

Bottle it and ship it.

Why 80 hours?

While working on my 2nd app, GWTA, a simple transit app, I tracked my hours and saw that from the beginning to App Store submission, the process had taken me 79 hours. So I settled on 80 hours as a manageable time frame. It’s large enough to engage the entire creative process without feeling burn out. It’s also short enough to force design/development decisions to be made. GWTA doesn’t have all of the functionality that I wanted in a first version but it exists.

Done is better than perfect.

What’s Next?

My next 80 Hours to MVP project is my work tracking/daily standup app, Puffin. I’m starting over with it, keeping only the app icon that I designed earlier this year.

Retrospective Feb 25 – Mar 10

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Without a struggle, there can be no progress

— Frederick Douglass

I’ve been struggling but I’m finally seeing progress! With each iteration, I’m streamlining the process. The biggest obstacle for me is in keeping things simple and focusing on the essential needs. The reality is that there will always be something “wrong”, so I have to continually make a decision and move forward, making improvements as I go.

The final sprint of the first 12 week year is upon me. With the stated goal of 10 apps this year, I will spend week 13 assessing the results and planning for the next quarter. It’s time to transition to the next country. Colombia has been great but it’s time to move on.

Learning Cocoa (iOS/macOS)

Last Sprint This Sprint

DTSEssentials Framework: Shared Code for iOS/macOS apps

Having a second app use the framework has helped highlight issues that need addressing. Many of the methods calls are too complicated or make incorrect assumptions made about their usage.

Last Sprint This Sprint
  • Extensions for UIBarButtonItem and UIViewController
  • EmptyDataView for List View
  • Refactor List View with simpler convenience init method

Gobo (iOS): Nomad Expense Log

Beta is out! Have received lots of good feedback. Thanks to all the testers

Last Sprint This Sprint
  • Settings
  • TestFlight Beta Submission
  • Form validation
  • Exchange Rate support
  • Improvements per Beta feedback

Puffin (iOS): Daily Standup

Development has resumed! Using the lessons from the framework code and Gobo beta to make changes. Keeping functionality simple to get to beta this sprint

Last Sprint This Sprint
  • Update data model
  • Daily Standup View
  • TestFlight Beta Submission

Voice Over Work

VO gigs are steady from the trainer. App work has delayed my auditioning.

Last Sprint This Sprint
  • VO gigs via trainer
  • Audiobook is awaiting proofreading.
  • VO gigs as they arrive

Health

Seeing the benefits from adding the boxing workout back in. It’s important to switch up the exercise regimen to keep things interesting.  Adding some yoga movements into the mix to increase flexibility.

Last Sprint This Sprint
Walking: 154,661 steps (11,047 /day) Walking (avg. 10000 steps /day)

Reading List

Didn’t get any book reading done during this sprint. Switching to a new daily approach should help with consistency.

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

 

Retrospective Jan 21 – 27/ Planning: Jan 28 – Feb 3

Every day it gets a little easier. But you have to do it every day. That’s the hard part. But it does get easier. – Jogging Baboon (BoJack Horseman)

 

The biggest lesson for me this past week was consistency. It’s not the goals that I set but the habits I build that will drive my success. My ambitious goals for the year will only be achieved by taking consistent action. I’m using that to shape the way I approach each week.

Learning Cocoa (iOS/macOS):

This week I completed the Saving Data on iOS course on RayWenderlich.com. If you’re not familiar with the site, I highly recommend it. They do a great job with tutorial based lessons on development. I went to their conference, RWDevCon, a few years ago and it was a refreshing change from the normal development conference presentations. I’ve now decided to take a course a week as a way to learn something new or reinforce my existing knowledge.

DTSEssentials Framework: Shared Code for iOS/macOS apps

Added a few more helpful extensions for UIAlertController, IBDesignable, Enum and Date. Still trying to develop a cleaner approach for my Router.

Last Week This Week
    • App Coordinator

    • UIAlertController Extensions

    • Support for closures in UIButton target actions

    • Enum extensions (iterate cases)
    • Date extensions (additional formats)
  • LoadingViewController

  • ErrorViewController

  • ValidationViewController

Puffin (iOS): Daily Standup App

With my focus on other areas,  no progress was made on Puffin. I realize that I was trying to accomplish too much and needed to focus on one app at a time.

Last Week This Week
  • App Icon update

Gobo (iOS): Nomad Travel Log

I was able to implement a few of the entry forms this week. I did a simple demo at my weekly accountability meeting. CloudKit setup and implementation is this week.

Last Week This Week
  • Trip Entry
  • Expense Entry
  • App Icon (version 1.0)
  • Launch Screen
  • CloudKit Support
  • Form validation

Voice Over Work:

I booked my first narration gig this week, a short story written by friend and guest blogger, Elliott Killian. I’m excited to share the finished project when it’s completed.

Last Week This Week
  • 2 VO gigs via my trainer
  • Short story VO
  • Create Voices.com profile
  • Automated the incoming workflow with Google Sheets & Zapier
  • Create Fiverr Profile
  • Create Voice Bunny Profile
  • VO gigs as they come in

Health:

I finally achieved a week in which I closed all of my rings in the Activity App! I had gone three weeks in a row of achieving both the move and exercise goals but I missed the stand goal by one for two consecutive weeks. It was so frustrating, I was ready to give that part up.  This week, I just focused on making sure I was standing frequently enough and monitored my progress more closely. Mission Accomplished!!!

Last Week This Week
  • Cardio: 192 minutes total (avg. 27.42 min/day) – No Sunday workout
  • Walking: 85,029 steps (12,147 /day)
  • Cardio: (30 min/day)
  • Walking (10000 steps /day)

Reading List:

But then if we do not ever take time, how can we ever have time? – The Merovingian (Matrix Reloaded)

I recognized that I’d never make any progress in my reading if I didn’t schedule time for it. This week, I did that with a Sunday brunch reading session. It’s a great way to kickstart the week! Black Panther is coming out in two weeks, so I’ll be soaking up some comic reading in preparation.

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

Retrospective Jan 14 – 20/ Planning: Jan 21 – 27

This week was fairly productive despite a few setbacks. An overall workflow is becoming clearer for me and I’m confident that I’ll still be able to meet my delivery date of end of February.

Learning Cocoa (iOS/macOS):

Work load didn’t allow me to move forward with CloudKit and In-App Purchase (which will get pushed back into early February). I took a deeper dive into sharing code by way of the DTSEssentials framework.

Last Week This Week
  • Generics in Swift
  • Sharing Code and Building Frameworks
  • CloudKit
  • Concurrency
  • NSURLSession

DTSEssentials Framework: Shared Code for iOS/macOS apps

Ran into some hiccups with the Generic List Table View Controller but I’m pleased with the progress that I’ve made. Testing in conjunction with an existing project has really helped.

Last Week This Week
  • Create Xcode project
  • Int Extensions
  • Date Extensions
  • String Extensions
  • UIColor Extensions
  • ViewCell Extensions
  • Storyboard Extensions
  • DesignableButton (IBDesignable)
  • DesignableView (IBDesignable)
  • DTSStyle (UIAppearance)
  • Test use of Framework with Gobo
  • Test use of framework with Puffin
  • Generic List Table View Controller
  • PopoverDataPicker
  • PopoverItemPicker
  • App Coordinator

  • Generic List Table View Controller

  • UIAlertController Extensions

  • Support for closures in UIButton target actions

  • LoadingViewController

  • ErrorViewController

  • ValidationViewController

Puffin (iOS): Daily Standup App

The biggest disappointment was that no progress was made on Puffin last week. I’ll be able to resume work on it this week.

Last Week This Week
 
  • App Icon Update (version 2.0)
  • Subtasks Feature
  • Standup Entry
  • Change Task Status
  • Quick Add for Projects
  • Quick Add for Tasks
  • Support Previous/Next swipe in Daily Standup View

Gobo (iOS): Nomad Travel Log

I’ve been moving along with Gobo and it has been the primary project for building out the DTSEssentials framework. Pretty excited and confident that I’ll be able to demo something by week’s end.

Last Week This Week
  • Create Xcode project
  • Add DTSEssentials Framework
  • Add Category icons
  • Create Models
  • Trip List
  • Expense List
  • App Icon (version 1.0)
  • CloudKit Support

Voice Over Work:

A pleasant surprise here as I picked up 3 gigs this week. I’m getting better at the the workflow, including setting up/tearing down my mobile studio.

Last Week This Week
  • 3 VO gigs
  • Create Fiverr Profile
  • Create Voice Bunny Profile
  • VO gigs as they come in

Health:

I’m in a good routine with the walking/cardio and will probably add a boxing workout back into the mix this week

Last Week This Week
  • Cardio: 215 minutes total (avg. 30.75 min/day)
  • Walking: 83,518 steps (11,931/day)
  • Cardio: (30 min/day)
  • Walking (10000 steps /day)
  • Boxing workout 2 times

Reading List:

Reading has been a total bust. I’ve just not made any time to do it. I’m constantly reading web articles and technical documentation but haven’t set aside any time for long form reading. I’m going to actually schedule reading time this week instead of waiting of it to appear.

Last Week This Week
  • Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano (Part 1)
  • The Walking Dead (En Español) (Vol. 1: Dias Pasados)

Retrospective Jan 7 – 13/ Planning: Jan 14 – 20

IMG_5210I’m currently working on 3 software projects (2 apps/1 framework).  The goal is to get Gobo and Puffin submitted to the App Store by end of February with each using the DTSEssentials framework.

Learning Cocoa (iOS/macOS):

Ongoing learning to improve my knowledge in Cocoa/Swift:

Last Week This Week
  • Generics in Swift
  • Sharing Code and Building Frameworks
  • In-App Purchase
  • CloudKit
  • CloudKit
  • In-App Purchase
  • Concurrency
  • NSURLSession

DTSEssentials Framework: Shared Code for iOS/macOS apps

I’ve isolated some code that I find myself reusing and decided to create a library to shared code amongst my projects.

Last Week This Week
  • Create Xcode project
  • Int Extensions
  • Date Extensions
  • String Extensions
  • Generic List Table View Controller
  • App Coordinator (Router)
  • DTSStyle (UIAppearance)
  • Test use of Framework with Gobo
  • Test use of framework with Puffin

Puffin (iOS): Daily Standup App

I updated the design of Puffin and reworked a few screens. I removed a lot of view controller code, instead opting to use a generic table view controller. I look to be ready for alpha testing by week’s end.

Last Week This Week
  • Backlog Grooming
  • Project List View
  • Task List View
  • Standup History View
  • Daily Standup View
  • Update App Style
  • App Navigation Coordinator
  • Fixed crash when accessing Daily Standup
  • CloudKit Support
  • Subtasks Feature
  • Standup Entry Edit
  • Change Task Status
  • Quick Add for Projects
  • Quick Add for Tasks
  • App Icon Update (version 2.0)
  • Support Previous/Next swipe in Daily Standup View

Gobo (iOS): Nomad Travel Log

Last week, I got an idea for a new app, because of course I did. I started brainstorming and doing some initial basic sketches. It seems like a good candidate for testing the framework.

Last Week This Week
  • Create Trello project
  • Paper sketch for App Icon
  • Select app colors
  • Paper sketch for quick entry
  • Competitive Analysis with existing apps
  • Locate API for currency exchange
  • Define entry categories
  • Source category icons
  • Create Xcode project
  • Add DTSEssentials Framework
  • App Icon (version 1.0)
  • Add Category icons
  • Current Day View
  • Entry View
  • Create Models
  • CloudKit Support

Voice Over Work:

I’m working with an experienced voice over talent to get started but I’m going to create my own profiles on various platforms in the next few weeks to increase my chances of getting work. The beginning of the year seems to be a slow period. Hopefully things will pick up in the next few weeks.

Last Week This Week

No work

  • Create Fiverr Profile
  • Create Voice Bunny Profile

Health:

I’ve reset my workout plan and for the first few weeks am focused on a simple routine of cardio and walking.

Last Week This Week
  • Cardio: 238 minutes total (avg. 34 min/day)
  • Walking: 95,003 steps (13,571/day)
  • Cardio: (45 min/day)
  • Walking (10000 steps /day).

Reading List:

My book challenge attempt last year didn’t go well so I’m rebooting with just two books. I’ll try to read at least one of the books in the rotation in Spanish.

Last Week This Week
  • Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano (Part 1)
  • The Walking Dead (En Español) (Vol. 1: Dias Pasados)