Coming up for air
You know those times when you have so much to to that you never think you'll get it done? I remember times like that happening sort of frequently when I actually worked on making software. My current job has been mostly steady over the past few years with an occasional long day or three thrown in from time to time.
But every once in a while, I get to experience that buried feeling again (it sort of makes me miss being a real tester). This week I've been juggling interviews for an open position on our team, half a dozen research interviews for an internal event, preparation for a presentation to a medical devices company next week (including tracking down a reliability expert to bring with me), getting the monthly test newsletter out to testers at MS (there's a cool bug story coming on this one), recording video podcasts for hwtsam, and getting some material prepped for a test leadership team meeting next week (on top of the odds and ends I normally do).
On the occasions I come up for air, I've been twitting a bit (twitter.com/alanpage). I still don't know entirely what to make of it, but I'm starting to sort of enjoy it.
I'm leaving on a vacation beginning next Thursday. On Monday of this week, I was at a stage where I thought there was no way I was going to complete everything I needed to get done. Today, I'm happy to say that I think I may get everything done! There's still a a ton to do (including more interviews and research), and on top of that I need to finish my STAR presentation, but I sort of think I can get it done without any major drug use needed.