Brass Tacks…

Goal for end of month  : Finish “Project IRIN”.

“Project IRIN” is heavily influenced by “Evidence Based Scheduling” (EBS) ala Mr. Joel Spolsky. The main difference, it that EBS solves for shipping date probabilities, given a collection of task completion estimates. Whereas “Project IRIN” solves for the maximum amount of time to spend on tasks with the goal of shipping no-later-than a certain date.

The goal is to have a system that will allow me to complete projects within a target date by telling me how long to spend on each task. ALSO, it forces me to design before ever writing a single line of code. I know, this is counter-intuitive to many lone-wolf/indie projects, but it is of EXTREME IMPORTANCE. If I had a time machine to go back to the younger version of myself, telling him to “BE ORGANIZED” would be the most important piece of wisdom I would impart to him or any other aspiring indie-dev. Enforcing hard-deadlines is the surest way to save time, and actually complete projects.

… At least for me, whose mind is prone to wander and dabble in all the cool things that seem to pop up each day ( like Raspberry Pi for example…. soon… ).

I have spent many a year (decades) following the Carmack-esque motto of “When Its Done” to my detriment. The main goal of “Project IRIN” is to create a sense of urgency which is all to important when attempting to finish projects that have no real deadline. I can only speak for myself, but I do surely require a Panic Monster when working on what essentially is a leisure project.

Back before I got paid to code, it was easier to spend hours “working” on something ad nauseam because it simply was a labor of love. Nowadays, free-time is limited, and the only way forward to to make the best use of the little time I have available in a day. Also, there is the matter of burnout; When you code for a living, it becomes increasingly difficult to muster up the mindset to code outside of work. Difficult, but not impossible. It’s no different from the fisherman who spends this hours toiling on the open seas, earning wages by his grit and endurance. The last thing he wants when he gets back home, is to go out and head to the pier for more angling.

… There are never enough hours in a day…


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