April 2022 Retrospective
Recharged after a wonderful holiday spent visiting family and friends who we haven’t seen since Covid started.
- Went on a relaxing holiday in Alice Springs.
A review of last months three goals. See March’s Retrospective.
Push two Mudmap features to production
- Appraisal: I did push some very small fixes but nothing substantial
- Rating: C+
From the outset, I over committed myself this month. Nearly ten days of this month was spent on holiday where I did very little active development on Mudmap. Although, I did resolve some customer inquiries, analyse bug reports and speak with customers.
A substantial update was released for the API that is installed on the firewalls. It was officially
released at the end of the month but has been available in beta for several months. In
preparation for this, I’ve been getting some things in order to make the transition easy.
Included in the release is support for pfSense+
v22.01 - something I did not expect to make it
In prep for this, I’ve been working on building a development environment and acquiring the authorizations to deploy pfSense+ testing devices. This includes local virtual machines and cloud instances.
Other than that, I made some fixes to the user interface such as typo’s on buttons. Mudmap’s frontend will also ask users to refresh their page if a newer version is available whilst they are actively using it. Though I have found that caching on Next.js seems to intelligent enough to detect changes to the assets pretty quickly.
Walk to Alice Springs telegraph station
- Appraisal: Easy
- Rating: A
A silly goal but something I set purely to ensure I took my little girl on a decent walk through some of Australia’s most beautiful country.
I’ve had a few little holiday breaks here and there over the last year or so. None of them hold a candle to how relaxed and re-charged I feel after this one. Alice, is a remarkable little place of only about 25,000 people, and stands in the centre of Australia. The nearest cities are Darwin and Adelaide both being about a 15-hour drive (click the links). Australia’s vastness is hard to contemplate for many - driving 15 hours in Europe, Asia or the America’s will have you passing by many large cities. In Coober Pedy, on the way to Adelaide, people live underground as it’s literally too bloody hot on the surface!
The picture below is from a short overnighter out bush - my daughters first night in a swag. She was absolutely thrilled to be sleeping under the stars and to wake up as the sun rises. In sum, it was a fantastic holiday with friends and family.
A quiet month on the retrospective front but a big month for me personally. Looking forward to writing a more lengthy post in June.
What can I do better?
- Be more time aware when making plans, i.e. I did not really factor in how little development work would get done one Mudmap during my holiday.
- Update the roadmap more frequently as this is something users are asking about often.
- Release the monthly retro in a more timely manner.
What have I done well?
- Actually took a proper amount of time off and feel recharged
- Spent sometime exploring a few other programming projects
Next month’s goals
- Deploy pfSense+ capable Mudmap
- Get started on multi-account support (a big customer request)
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