by Leon Rosenshein

A look at 2023

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Happy New Year! Time for my yearly retrospective.

Big changes on the work front. I started the year working at Amazon on their Just Walk Out technology, but then got moved to a new initiative. The work was interesting, and from what I hear, going well, but Amazon and that project weren’t a good fit for me, so after a year at Amazon, I started looking around for something different. What I found wasn’t Amazon, but it wasn’t that different for me. I’m back at Aurora, now working on the Developer Experience team, focusing on software quality, bothg internal and external. I still get to walk to work, and I’m enjoying the challenges, and once again, I’m learning new things all the time.

With those work changes, I wasn’t able to do as much work on the blog as would have liked, only 50 new posts this year. It averages out to one a week, but it was way more bursty than that. My goal for this year is to be not just more productive on the blog, but also more consistent.

From a content standpoint, this year’s articles have been more about the what and the why, and less about they how. Oh sure, I have opinions on how everything should be done, and I’m happy to share them, but the posts have focused on what kinds of things you should be thinking about and doing and why they’re important, not how to do them.

With that said, here are the 10 most popular posts over the last 12 months:

  1. Careers Pt 3 – Visualizing Progressions
  2. Careers Pt 1 – Levels
  3. Effective Software Engineers
  4. McDonalds
  5. Incident Response
  6. Let Me Tell You What I Want
  7. High Quality Quality
  8. Seeing Like A State
  9. Breaker Breaker Rubber Duck
  10. 1 > 2 > 0

I’m really happy to see that my career posts are still getting good traction, as are the Eng Competencies. How you look at your career drives what you put into it, and from that flows what you get out of it. And to round things out, 2 more posted this year since #1 and #2 are from last year

Hopefully you’ve found those, and other, articles interesting and useful. I know I found writing them helpful in clarifying and cementing my own understanding of the topics. Until next year, Happy New Year, and remember to enjoy whatever you’re doing. We only get one shot at this life, so make it worthwhile.