It’s hard to believe we’re already half way through September. The days are getting shorter, temperatures are dropping… Fall is coming. And, as promised, the new version of Dr. Flegg’s Structured Practice Method is coming too!
This week I’m putting the finishing touches on the new assignment system. It’s mostly done as I write this, and will probably be completely up by the time this update posts on the blog. The next step from there is to implement the data-migration tools… so users of the old system can transition to the new one! As I always do with new code, I’ll make the move with my own data first, test it for a week or two, then move a few select users over for beta testing. Once I’m satisfied that the process is smooth and error free, I’ll open it up to everyone else. My plan is to do this in small groups, so please be patient if you don’t see an invite to upgrade right away.
In the meantime, I’ve also been working on branding and marketing. The new version is so good, I really want to see it helping as many people as possible. To that end, I’m expanding the SPM team!! Please extend a warm welcome to Katherine Perkins! She actually officially joined the team a couple of months ago, and has been working behind the scenes to help put together our branding and marketing strategy for our launch of the new SPM.
Those of you who have been with us since the beginning may remember that Katie is my step-daughter, and has worked with me off and on since the very early days. She came up with our original logo, among many other things. She has a business/marketing degree from Central Michigan University, works in marketing for her “day job,” and is also working on her MBA while helping out with SPM. I sometimes wonder if she ever sleeps.
As we prepare to launch version 2.0, she’s been working on the new website, blog, and marketing strategy, while I’ve been freed up to devote more of my time to coding.
It's been a long time coming, but I'm happy to report that version 2.0 is shaping up beautifully!
We're still a few months out, but I plan to start Alpha testing sometime in late August. Once that's done, I'll invite a few beta testers to try it out, then start migrating current users over. I expect to be fully moved over to the new version by the end of this year!
I thought it would be fun to take you on a little tour of what's coming. If you're interested, click the video below! In the meantime, here are a few of the new features to look forward to:
The Only Constant is Change
In my last post, I spoke at length about my plans for the summer. I was chomping at the bit to get to work on version 2.0 of the Structured Practice Method application, and finally knew I had the luxury of plenty of time to focus on it in depth. I was excited.
Looking back over that article, I'm glad to see that I didn't make the mistake of setting specific goals for releases. I'm not sure if I found this article while I was writing, or shortly after, but it's really good advice for anyone who works at creating or making. In a nutshell, it says if you start making estimates about when something will be ready, that becomes a deadline in your mind. And deadlines are made to be missed, which makes you feel guilty, and bad. And then you procrastinate because thinking about the deadline makes you feel even more bad, and so on, and so on.
Anyway, within about an hour of when my "Summer Break" post went live, I got a text message from my wife. It said simply, "are u around?" On its own, this doesn't seem particularly ominous, but in our world, we generally only interact while at work if something important comes up. And it did. To make a very long story much, much shorter:
My wife received a big promotion at her job. A promotion that had been a major career goal for her since long before we met. One that I fully supported for her. And also one that meant a move from Michigan to Connecticut.
So, all of that time and focus I was planning to devote to working on the SPM over the summer? The vast majority of it went toward moving. It turns out moving is stressful, exhausting, and in a lot of ways all-consuming.
We're getting nicely settled into our new lives in the "Nutmeg State" now, and I'm happy to report that I've once again been getting my focus and time aimed at the Structured Practice Method. Much remains to be done, but I'm making really satisfying progress on a daily basis now.
I expect to stick with my intermittent posting schedule here on the SPM Blog while I continue to work behind the scenes. More news to come as I have it!