01 January 2011

Shipped in 2010

One of my favorite authours of all time is Seth Godin.  I purchase and read every book he writes and often give them as gifts.  One of the things Seth talks about is "shipping".  We use this term to describe the act of completing a project, getting it out the door.  It doesn't matter if it was a hit or not, it just matters that it's done.

In a recent blog post Seth encourages people to publish their list of things they shipped last year, because it's not something we often do.  I encourage everyone to 1) make your own list; and 2) read Seth's blog.

Here is a list of things that I shipped last year:
  • Launched OpenDataBC.ca
  • Identified 149 BC datasets from all levels of government
  • Created OpenDataBC Google Group which now has 70+ members
  • Established Open Government conference for BC
  • Held two hackathons for provinicial Apps for Climate Action Contest
  • Created Waterly.ca which won two awards including Best in BC (Yay!)
  • Participated in Google IO and OSCON conferences
  • Spoke on Open Data at the Ideawave conference
  • Sat on an Open Data panel at the Global Knowledge eGov conference
  • Accepted a CTO position with an exciting new Canadian startup
  • Held the first annual Victoria International Open Data Hackathon
  • Developed DataZoomer version 4
  • 25 blog posts
  • 500+ tweets
This isn't the entire list of things I worked on.  I worked on many other things that either failed or that I didn't ship (yet).  I also didn't do this alone.  I was fortunate to be able to work with a bunch of dedicated and talented people this year.

2010 was a great year of learning and I look forward to an exciting 2011.

1 comment:

royalbert867 said...

Insightful advice from Seth Godin on the value of "shipping" by finishing tasks and releasing them into the world. Discipline is necessary to finish tasks. Students who use ChatGPT and other AI tools to create assignments but still need to finish submitting them can relate to this lesson. Even though these technologies make writing easier, tasks must be finished. Taking responsibility for enhancing AI output, adding original observations, and polishing draughts into a submittable finished result is crucial. Therefore, even though ChatGPT has a chatbot that can help with chatgpt to write assignment draughts, keep in mind that shipping the work oneself is what develops abilities and accountability. It is empowering to have a complete mindset.