Noelle Adkin

March 4th: Present Hosting Solution. DONE!
~Sprint 2-Infrastructure
March 11 Demo FReMP Stack on AWS prod.
March 18 React Card(event) generator
~Sprint 3-User
March 25 OAuth2 login with google. Create user bios.
April 1 Infinite Scroll
~Sprint 4-Facilitator
April 8 Facilitator Portal.Bio.
April 15 Create Event Form.
~Sprint 5-Location Liaison.
April 22 Liaison Portal. Google Maps Integration.
April 29 Field Facilitator requests.
~Sprint 6 Maps
May 6 Google Maps Integration. Distance calculations.
May 13 View Events by Map
~Sprint 7 Data
May 20 Sort Events by user data (interest, history, block list)
May 27 Local space ads?
June Wrap-up

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Today I got to work together with one of my co-fellows to research a topic to present next week. Getting the opportunity to contribute is amazing and is a welcome change of pace after months of administrative processes. I’m learning a lot about Ruby on Rails and our particular repository. Throughout this process I’ve relied on both my Develop Carolina Advisor and my Company Mentor to understand concepts and develop skills. Having a dedicated mentor inside the same company I’m working in has helped me gain great insight into the company.

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I’m very grateful that my work from home setup is awesome. My desk is an oak desk that I made from salvaged wood. My lamp is a beautiful second hand lamp from Habitat for Humanity. Second monitor, notepads, sticky notes, a window overlooking my side yard. Having a nice working space has been really helpful for me. I can’t stand overhead halogen lights so being able to control the lighting of my space is important to me. Being able to create a good WFH space has definitely made me more productive.

One of the habits i’ve developed to be successful at WFH is a morning walk. An artificial commute to delineate work from home helps me focus during work and properly disengage after.

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The last couple of weeks have been particularly exciting. For the last year I had a number of great ideas for small apps but lacked the tools to deliver on them completely. My toolset is growing rapidly and I can see the path ahead for how I can deliver on my umbrella project and my other app ideas. I am grateful to have so many talented people to lean on for support and advice. Gathering the experiences that make me an effective developer has taken me a lifetime. I can’t wait for what’s to come.

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“how are you now better able to empathize with the goals of your company and it’s founders? How are you now better able to see where you fit in the larger picture of the business?”

An often heard complaint about large businesses is meetings. “This meeting could have been an email” is a common complaint. I’m going to have to admit. Meetings have been very helpful for me to understand the goals of my company and understand my role in the company. From All-Hands meetings with 300 (virtual) attendees) to daily Scrum Stand-Ups with less than a dozen. I have never been more grateful to be in a meeting. Attuning myself to my role in completing the objectives of my team, my department, and my company has been a process, and I’m (almost) a believer.

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