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Working at an innovative software product company is simply amazing, and teaching information systems at night is one of the great honors of my life. At the same time, I’ve been able to teach religious education on Sunday, keep the monthly column going in Software Test & Performance Magazine, and even do a little speaking and, I had hoped, get some work on a book.
And I’ll be coaching soccer in the spring. The problem is: How do I find the time to do a /good/ job as a coach? Because to do all this, I’ve been shorting the people I claim are the most important in my life: My Family.
Something’s gotta give.
I have to learn to say “No.” Now, I love conference invites. I’m honored, and I work really hard to make things work. But please, don’t invite me to speak on a different continent with two months notice. That just isn’t going to work. Odds are, if you lead a professional group, I’d love to speak in front of you, but please, let’s talk June 2009, ok?
Of course, the first thing to go will be the blog. I’ll be around, but not as much as I might hope. Expounding on how ‘agile’ is an /attitude/, or writing that treatise on test estimation that really hits the nail on the head — that might have to wait.
Do you ever have to make tradeoffs between the good and the best? If you do, please tell me about it. I’d love to hear.