Q1 Project Weekend Progress
The weekend is just about over. This week I’ll be head down in my Q1 project. If you read my last post then you know that I’m recreating the Simon memory game from my childhood. The pictures to the left look pretty similar. The first image is the one that I made this weekend using HTML and CSS. The second image is what I was working from for inspiration. There are a few obvious differences. I left off the Milton Bradley logo for obvious reasons. I also left off the blue switches because they aren’t a part of my MVP (minimum viable product). I do have them down as stretch goals. The blue switch on the left is for different game modes. The blue switch on the right is for increasing/decreasing the difficulty level.
I’m starting to realize that a project of any size done well takes a lot of time. To some of you this project probably seems really simple, but for me there’s a lot of work involved. I’ve got a good eight hours in it already just on the initial design and style. I haven’t even written a single line of code yet. Being able to scope out such a problem is a valuable skill. I think I’ll be able to hit my MVP in a week and I’ll be happy with that. One of the things I’m most excited about with this project is getting more experience managing a project. It seems like there is a lot of turmoil in the industry between project managers and developers. I think a big reason why is that it’s really hard to scope a project as a developer. You never know what roadblocks you will hit along the way. Project Managers have to understand that and developers have to understand that there’s a business reality to our projects as well. As much as we would love to add a million features and figure out clever ways to solve problems sometimes you just have to deliver the MVP. I’ve got a lot of experience as a project manager and event planner from my previous career so I’m hoping I can bring some of that into this new career as well. I’ll let you know how I did scoping out this project at the end of the week. Stay tuned for more info…