Accountability 101: 2017 — You Better Deliver

Considering it’s mid-january 2017 already, it’s time to do my annual goal list for the new year.

My goals for 2017:

  • Get that VCAP6-DCV Design exam out of the way — I did the beta in march 2016, but missed the mark by a small margin.
  • AWS Associate Certifications — Not sure how many of the three exams I want to do yet, but I’m going to at least give the AWS Certified Solutions Architect exam a go.
  • Learn something new — This ties into the previous goal a bit, but I will try to allocate time to learning something new every month. Some times it might be tech, some times it might be soft skills. I’ve purchased a few Udemy courses with this in mind already.
  • Attend an industry conference — Most likely VMworld Barcelona in September.
  • Continue to build the SDDC practice at Proact — The foundations laid in 2016 were awesome. 2017 is the year we have to start executing and delivering on it.
  • vNinja.net — Keep posting whenever I feel like it, but try to keep the “In the Bag“-series going.
  • Photography — Take up photography as a hobby again, I’ve been quiet on that front for quite a while and I miss the creative outlet it provides. With upcoming trips to Liverpool (Liverpool FC vs Arsenal) in march, Radiohead concert in Oslo in June, and the Secret Solstice festival on Iceland also in June, there should be plenty of opportunities in 2017.

I also have a few other personal goals for 2017 that are not listed here, but I’ll keep myself accountable for those as well. Some of them were posted in my 2016 review post:

  • I need to get better at planning things out, not just adding a todo item and think that somehow magically makes you more productive. Having a lot of todo items doesn’t really help, unless you plan out how to accomplish them. This is one thing I aim on improving in 2017; breaking bigger tasks into smaller ones to make them manageable and attainable.
  • Clearer focus. This is a continuation of the previous point, but must get better at channeling energy into the tasks at hand, not on everything all at once. Set up time slots, and use them.
  • Get more sleep. I sleep way to little, and that needs to change drastically.

So, bring it on 2017. I think I’m ready for my closeup now.

Hindsight is 20/20: Evaluating 2016

Back in February 2016 I published my goals for 2016, and it’s time to review that list:

  • Shake things up a bit – Go big or go home.
    This one is easy, in April 2016 I moved from EVRY to Proact, with a clear mission statement: Build and develop Norways best SDDC team. As is always the case when changing positions and companies, a lot of time is spent on getting to know the new organisation but we’re getting there.
    More news on this in 2017, but things are looking good going forward. We’ve built a solid foundation in 2016!
    Score: 8/10 
  • Get VCIX certified
    This was a miserable failure. I sat the 3V0-622: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Design Beta Exam in march, but failed it. It was close (I just recently got my score report!), but no sigar. Due to lots of other time consuming things going on in 2016, I’ve not had a second attempt at it yet.
    Score: 2/10 
  • Keep vSoup on track
    Another failure, 3 published podcasts in 2016, not even close to the monthly target. We’ve been doing the vSoup podcast since 2011, and a lot of things have changed for all three of us. Not sure how 2017 looks in the regard either.
    Score: 2/10

  • VMUG
    The norwegian VMUG is still healthy, but I haven’t been able to contribute as much as I’ve wanted in 2016, also due to time constraints.
    Score: 5/10

  • Attend an international industry conference
    I did get to attend VMworld in Barcelona in 2016, which was awesome after missing out last year.
    Score: 10/10

  • Code something
    Nope, not this year. Too much other stuff on my plate. I haven’t made any real code, but I’ve developed a lot of other stuff that will come in handy in 2017 (related to the top entry in this list), but nothing that really qualifies as code.
    Score: 0/10

So, all in all that gives me a personal score of 28 of a possible 60. Wow, that’s pretty bad. Not quite what I had in mind for 2016, but I’m very that my top-most item got an 8. That one should be weighted higher than the rest anyway.
Sure, I can “blame” some of the lack of progress on a few of these items on the role/employer change, but not all of it — some of it is purely a personal lack of ability to power through.

2016 has taught me a few valuable lessons:
  • I need to get better at planning things out, not just adding a todo item and thing that magically makes you more productive. Having a lot of todo items doesn’t really help, unless you plan out how to accomplish them. This is one thing I aim on improving in 2016; breaking bigger tasks into smaller ones to make them manageable and attainable.
  • Clearer focus. This ties into the previous point, but must get better at channeling energy into the tasks at hand, not on everything all at once. Set up time slots, and use them, for the tasks that needs to be done.
  • I sleep way to little, and that needs to change drastically.

Now it’s time to carve out and publish the plan for 2017. Let’s see if I’ve actually learned anything at all…

In The Bag #5 – Week 48

Welcome to the fifth edition of In The Bag!

Photo by Joshua Earle
Photo by Joshua Earle

In The Bag #5 – Week 48

Technology

  • Send a Tweet Directly from a VMware ESXi Host
    Admittedly sending Tweets from an ESXi hosts doesn’t really make much sense, but as an example of how to use the new Script Bundle feature in Auto Deploy for vSphere 6.5 it’s pretty cool — Kudos Eric Gray
  • OPBOT – Connect VMware vSphere and Slack
    Ok, this is right up my alley. Opvizor has created what they call a Virtual Assistant for vSphere. Basically this is an appliance you deploy in your environment (stripped down Debian), which lets you connect your Slack channel to your vSphere environment and then lets you issue (read only) commands to it.
  • Quick Look – vSphere 6.5 Storage Space Reclamation
    Anthony Spiteri wrote this most excellent guide to how UNMAP works in vSphere 6.5. Once in a while (honestly, more often than you would think) someone beats me to posting something, and this is one of those times. Very glad to see automated UNMAP being re-introduced in 6.5.
  • Predictive DRS Walk Through
    Another awesome feature made possible by the combination of vSphere 6.5 and vRealize Operations 6.4. Have a look at the video, it explains it all.
  • Getting Started with vRealize Automation 7
    Eric Shanks has a new course available on Pluralsight. I’ve had a quick look at this one, and it looks awesome. Definitely bookmarked for later!
  • Amazon Re:Invent New Products and Services
    Wow, lots and lots of new interesting AWS things to play with. To be honest I haven’t looked at it all yet, but this is quite the list.

Other

That’s it for this week, a new one is in the works for next Friday.