Two Days on the Road

For the last two days I’ve been on the road with two of my bosses at the new job. We’re on the way to Indianapolis for GenCon, but the biggest value for me coming on this trip is that I am being immersed in the business. We’ve had nearly 24 hours on the road, of which the vast majority of it has been spent discussing the business, how and why things are done, and for me to question, explore and poke around in the process to learn as much as I can.

We’ve discussed it from the top down and from the left to the right. It feels like what I imagine an intensive foreign language course feels like. I catch myself letting my mind wander and losing track of what is being said only to snap my mind back to focus and frantically try to fill in the blanks of what I missed. By the end of the day my mind is exhausted and I go to my hotel room with it swimming with terms, processes, ideas and questions.

One of the greatest things is that they actively encourage me to question them on processes or choices they make. They explain why they chose to do something, or if it is an idea they hadn’t considered they are quite willing to explore it and possibly test it.

I’m the second “real” developer they’ve brought on, and so Dave (the CTO for Cool Stuff) is already getting excited about having some help on managing the website. We hashed out a roadblock he’d been facing with an idea that I came up with, and so that will make it easier to do a new process that has been needed but not implemented due to the roadblocks.

I had a restless night last night and so I decided to begin setting myself up for some organization framework I knew I needed. I setup a Google Calendar to list out the ManaNation episode schedule, the Magic event schedule, and my travel schedule. I have a few other things I’m going to be putting on there as time goes by, but this is an excellent starting place for keeping myself focused and aware of what is coming down the pipe.

Like, right now, October is going to be a busy busy month. That’s definitely going to be interesting.