This week was even worse than last week in terms of having time to do anything technical. Most of my personal work was centered around management tasks and documentation. I got a lot of work done in those areas this past week, so I am hoping I will have more time to do something interesting this coming week.
I have had a significant amount of documentation work in the backlog for several months now. This week I took some time to get some of that completed and off my list. At work, we use a git repository to contain all of our internal documentation. We use GitHub, so it makes it easy for everyone to have a current version of the documentation and keep it synchronized.
While there are plenty of tools out there for managing documentation, I am a huge fan of keeping it simple. Our documentation consists of plaintext Markdown files stored in git. It doesn’t get much simpler than that, and thanks to GitHub we get a nice web interface with search. You also get a nice audit trail and change history, which keeps the compliance folks happy. I would highly suggest giving it a shot for your documentation needs before investing time and effort into a more complicated documentation management system.
These past couple of months I have been reviewing my social media accounts to see if I really need them. Between the issues with content gate-keeping, fake news, and privacy I am taking a long look at the big tech companies I use. So far this year, I have deleted accounts on Twitch and Pinterest. For now, I am keeping my LinkedIn account as it does have some uses for work, but part of me would really like to get away from that too.
Good question. This week I will be spending some time on strategic planning, but I should have some time to look at doing some technical work too.