The Last Mile

(This is a follow up to Doing Hard Things Well and The Future of MinHub articles from 2016)

Still going.

Not done.

And there is good news.

And if you’re still with me, reading these words, all I can say is thank you, and I’m sorry.

I just read back over the last two articles that I had written in 2016 to communicate the state of development on MinHub Youth, and this is just as true now as it was then:

Not a day goes by that I don’t have at least some level of panic for letting all of you down, the youth pastors that are counting on MinHub Youth to work and help track all of the important tidbits in your ministries. We have a long, long list of things to fix and improve upon, all of which are sitting idle while we tackle this. It drives me crazy.

It would be great to blame the delays on the developers that I have worked with, but the truth is that they are great guys, great workers, and unbelievably helpful.

I have to own the delay as a function of my own shortcomings as a non-technical founder. I was overly confident in my ability to understand the evolving technology and create good roadmaps for my developers, but I have learned that I am not as good as I thought I was.

Over the last year, figuring out the right technologies to build on that will last and evolve correctly from existing tech has been much more complicated than I could have imagined. It has been a huge relief to move past the big scaffolding pieces and actually move into changes that can be tested and seen.

As of right now, we have a completely different team of developers (two to be exact — one working, one more signing on to help speed up this last mile) that are working on finishing the syncing and porting project that was promised to be finished almost a year ago. But more importantly, I have delegated the responsibility to one of those devs to manage the technical scope and sequence, which is in his strength set.

(There is something to be said about getting the right people in the right positions. Strengths matter. So does the humility to admit when an opporutnity doesn’t fit in your strengths. And the trust it takes to empower people with the responsibility to reach those goals. A lesson I’m learning in MinHub and ministry and all of life, more every day.)

So.

Good news.

Sync is working. Android is working. We are just finishing porting the features. We have a video demo coming later in May that will demonstrate the progress that we’ve made.

Last mile is always the hardest, but here we are, with the end in sight.

Thanks for all the prayer and encouragement.

It means more than you know.