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.

Oh wow, it’s already 2016.

A bit late, considering it’s already February, but here it is:

My plan for 2016.

  • Shake things up a bitGo big or go home. 2016 will be a year of changes. It’s about time I shake things up a bit, and 2016 will be that year. More details on this to come later, for now I have to keep it under wraps.

  • Get VCIX certified – I’ve signed up for the new 3V0-622: VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Design Beta Exam. This will be my first ever VMware beta exam. If I fail that one, I will try again later in 2016 to obtain the VCIX certification.

  • Keep vSoup on track – We’ve committed, at least to ourselves, that in 2016 we will record vSoup monthly.

  • VMUG – The Norwegian VMUG is up and running, but I would like to get even better attendance records and more community contributions.The sponsors pays the bills, the community contributions brings the most value.
    In the spirit of the Feed4ward program I’ll be happy to mentor/help anyone who wants to present at a VMUG meeting in Norway.
    I intend to arrange at least 3 VMUG meetings in Bergen in 2016.

  • Attend an international industry conference – In 2015 I missed out on VMworld entirely, due to issues out of my control. My goal is to make sure I attend a least one industry conference this year, most likely VMworld 2016 in Barcelona.

  • Code something – My ambition is that some time in 2016 I will code something. It’s very clear to me that even though I’m in no developer by nature, a basic developer skill set is required by everyone these days. Me included. I’ll consider this my wildcard project for 2016, as I haven’t decided on what to do yet, or even how.

In general, I will continue writing and posting whenever I feel like it. I will also focus even more on public cloud offerings, and especially how to integrate then with existing on-premises solutions. Since these are more general goals that are hard to put into a measurable format, I’ll refrain from putting them down in the list as individual entries. Of course, the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry; 2016 might just move me into other directions too.