Derek Stegelman

2013 In Review

This past year was full of ups and downs. It was also one of the busiest years I’ve ever had, which makes complete sense given that its mid to late March and I still haven’t posted this from 2013. 2013 was a year of challenges, decisions, and new experiences. I changed jobs, moved out of state, and got to experience new people and places. Most importantly 2013 taught me more about what is important in my life and where I need to improve. In my job transition, I learned new skills and I was humbled when I couldn’t quite meet my own expectations for excellence. I need to remember that we all fail, and that it’s only a true failure of ourselves if we do not learn from it.

My daughter taught me lots of patience this year, and how to be more forgiving and less embarassed. I needed to let go of the expectation that she was going to behave perfectly everywhere we go, and realize; that her doing so is okay. I also learned how important my family is, and how I need to spend less time going nuts on work and hobbies to spend more time with just them. I’ll miss these moments when she grows up.

In my professional life, I was again reminded of the importance of automated testing; and how in order to improve reliablity and speed with new deployments, as well as increase confidence, I needed to test as much as possible. In just a few months of updating tests, we’ve already stopped numerous bugs from being released. In order to continue improvement, I’ve recently read Two Scoops of Django 1.6 and also pre-ordered Test Driven Web Development. I already have a few dozen tasks to implement some of the changes from reading these books.