Hi, To be honest, I did not know how to scale myself, especially at work or on any work I did. How to have time for everything? How do I prioritize my daily activities to stay current and productive? So, I did not know how to do so. But I had a goal. I made the decision will be Software Architect. You can believe me or not, but I did a lot of architectural work, and never did I get this job position. Ok, I get it once, but on the way, I never want to get it again. Anyway, I was a fresh postgraduate in July 2005 and just wanted to get my first job. After a while, I saw that I did many things at work that did not matter. Do you remember things that are not helping me and my job position goal, Software Architect? But this blog post is not about my goal, and I still have. It is a blog post about how to scale myself. It is really related to the SA goal somehow. Let me explains it better.
After a while in May 2009, I realized that I was in second workplace and I cannot develop my skills. There is no option to become SA. But, I found on the Internet someone who was and is SA. That was Marcin Celej, a really great and wise man. I meet him at GL.PL and I first send a message to him because of my goal. I did not know how to be SA, so I thought that maybe he helping me somehow, advising me something, or I had a chance to somehow feel how to get it? This reminds me of one presentation about Agile. The presenter finishes this presentation with funny YT movies with Yoda making dubbing in the studio. And also, there was a question. Why Yoda had students? Why he trains, mentors, and coaches, is the simple question of the most important reason I still remember this presentation and presenter. After half of the year, I had been looking to answer for a long time. I found Steve Jobs’s explanation about his vision of computers as tools for getting knowledge for students. Steve said that he makes computers to help get knowledge. And also explains that teachers will always be important. Why? Because only a teacher can inspire students to gain knowledge. Sometimes different knowledge teachers. Sometimes in a completely different area. But for some reason, a good teacher helps students find their way :). Steve said and made it simple. Teachers are always needed because they are proactive. It is a thing that cannot be done by any computer. Even if you are using a computer always is someone behind. So you want to learn how to scaling yourself you can ask someone or watch his presentation, lecture or email course :).
That was something I get from Marcin. I participate to his course about manage time at cioswnos.pl, great site anyway :). Marcin had also MVP title that time, not a big deal, but this time it means something to me. He is successful. I am not. So, maybe he will teach me? So I participate in his course and email. After some of the emails, I realized I was wasting my time. I need to change something. Go step forward because I am on the way to nowhere. I mansion, it was the middle of 2009? First crisis time, remember? After a few months, I quit my job and started to shape my life in the way I wanted. I was terrified of the time, but I went out of my comfort zone for the first time, and I had nothing, most important, nothing to lose. Honestly, I paid a lot because I decided to make this up. I was looking for work anywhere. And I realized that I could not be SA. I have only a bit of knowledge about producing software. I have not blogged. I did not know English and still learn it by myself, mostly on this blog :P. I was a weak student at my technical university. So I go to the first work I have a chance to go to. And I start to study. Not like before when I have so many reasons to not learn. Most important was always, I do not need this. I know that :P. That was my blocker this time and very often is a blocker for many people. Feeling that you know that prevents learning mostly, you know. So it was winter 09/10, and I just wanted to learn. I am not really know how good I am now? How much do I scale myself? I see the fruits of my work that made me happy. I am not afraid to say to the project manager I work in. I do not want to work with you anymore. I am good enough to be honest and find a different workplace. Personal freedom for me, you know, especially in current crazy times. So if you want to know how to do that, just watch someone who is proactive and who presents those subjects really cool, and Scott does not suck too much :). Anyway, I learn all that from Marcin. Scott just reminds me of me. As you know, I was at DevDay 2012, the best conference in a while for me. Hope you enjoy it.