Day 2 felt a lot better and I did a focused 55 minute training session where I focused on my back. That felt familiar and all the old moves came back to me. Instead of feeling silly and walking around the gym like a ghost I had purpose again.
I am still weak, but feeling the burn while doing low weights with control is pretty awesome anyway. Lat pulldown I built up with sixes until I did a three on 65kg which is actually ok. Tried out some face pulls and did rows with both narrow grip and bar to test some things.
Over all it was a nice workout and I took a slight detour on my way back to pick up some groceries and a big package of toilet paper. It was actually a bit heavy to carry home for 3-4 kilometers and in total I did almost 11 kilometers walking in addition to my gym time.
I now have a very impressive pain in some of my muscles that was expected. It's mostly the triceps that restrict movement, which happen every time I get started again. Back, lats and chest also is complaining loudly so I will rest now for a few days before hitting the gym again so my muscles can rest from this shock.
Meanwhile I am checking times to see if I can go training early and of course looking into a workout plan. My focus areas are stomach, back and legs, which might sound strange, but they are my weak points. Since I have a funnel chest my stomach need extra attention because getting a flat stomach is almost impossible.
I will slowly build up my strength for pullups and dips in the assistant machine for that and I will also do some workout to correct posture and things like that before I start to go heavy. The aim is still body weight in the big three: bench press, dead lift and Squats with bench press being the toughest one.
It feels great being back in the gym and I look forward to the next session already!
2 weeks ago I returned to Fitness 24/7 after 3 years of no training at all basically. Or rather I bought the membership, like most people do, and then it took me almost 2 weeks to find the time to go pick up the card and scan my finger so I can actually train. Yesterday was my first actual training and it was painful.
For a while now I have had this great walking ambition and with the exception of a few weeks where I could not work due to illness I have walked pretty much everyday. Working days it's just a few kilometers per day, but on the weekends I do almost 10 kilometers.
So yesterday I took that same walk and also did my first visit to the gym in a long, long time. It hurt and I felt incredibly weak. Not surprising considering how long it has been since I last did any physical activity, but still it felt a bit sad.
On my way home I thought about it and the fact that I could barely do 5 sets of 50kg in incline bench press. It even took me a few sets to find the hand positions again and it felt silly to not even remember how to bench press. Then I felt something inside me and it was that hunger that got me started a long time ago.
Yes I am weak right now and it will cost time and energy to get back to where I were before we moved to Täby. It will be a struggle finding the time during work week, but I am ready for it. Weekends I know what comes my way and it feels good even if the gym is a bit small.
I woke up this morning with training ache for the first time in a very long time. It was wonderful! I am now preparing myself for another 10k walk and then gym again. I will not do any heavy lifting for at least a few weeks, maybe even months. This so I do not damage myself before the body get used to the exercises again.
I'll slowly claw my way back to the heavy lifting because I really, really need it again.
I am back and it feels so good!
Building a documentation space with SharePoint. Through Teams. No, I am not joking. I am actually doing this and it's not even a painful experience, quite the opposite!
Teams from Microsoft is starting to popup in many organizations now and with it comes all of the other fun parts of Office 365. Including the creation of sites in SharePoint for each team you create in teams. Using Sharepoint for me has been pretty much a pain in the behind and I have hated SharePoint for many, many years.
Not because it's a bad service, not at all. It's because people never use it right and I spend more time requesting access and finding out who owns what document than actually working with the damn documents.
With Jira I want a common place to document the daily work processes, the technical setups and of course how to work with the system. I also want to keep people informed about what goes on in the world of Jira as well as bringing in the Yammer and teams discussions in one place.
As it turns out this is very easy to do with Office 365 and it takes literally no time at all to do it.
What I did was I created a new Teams. This automatically created a SharePoint site with a basic template. I then connected Yammer to Teams with a few clicks to bring in the Yammer conversations into my teams channel of choice. I also added a Yammer component to the SharePoint startpage. This not only bring in the lastest conversations, it also give me a posy function to yammer directly from my Sharepoint site.
I rearranged the startpage a bit and added some components and posted some news and now I have a complete site in SharePoint that is completely integrated with Teams. Just to make it a bit easier to find I added the site also as a tab in Teams, so now I can just manage all of my activities through teams.
SharePoint sites are pretty nice and since you already have connections throughout your office 365 experience it's actually super easy to setup an information hub that everyone in your team can access and work with.
I am impressed Microsoft, very impressed.
We've just released a sample of Jira Server 7.10 as part of the Early Access Program (EAP) to let you know about the changes coming to Jira.
With this release, we're bringing the following improvements:
New look and feel: We're updating the most frequently used pages in Jira, following the new Atlassian design direction. We've also changed typography, icons, colors, and made some smaller tweaks here and there. This is the first wave of changes, more will follow in the next releases. We hope you'll like it, we surely do!
Support for IPv6: Jira is now supporting communication over IPv6. You can use it for all configuration that previously worked on IPv4, however there are some best practices and limitations you should read about.
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A lot of people likes to be alone. Not because they do not like other people and not because they are weird or creepy, but because they have a need to spend time reflecting and regain their inner energy. We call these people introverts and as I am one of the people that share this trait I often see other introverts struggle with their need to be alone as it is not socially accepted.
I am one of the people with a dual disposition where I am equally extrovert as I am introvert. My extrovert side allow me to be what some people refer to as a social and likable person. I am funny and find it easy to make others laugh and feel comfortable around me. I am also the person many people stop on the street when they need to ask for directions and things like that.
The other side of me is the introvert part where I have a need to reflect and think without distractions. I am very comfortable being on my own and I very rarely feel lonely even when I am away from my family. It's not that I do not miss my family, it's just that being away from them do not make me feel lonely. Time on my own is very important for my well being as well because as much as I love to interact with other people I do tend to spend a lot of energy doing so. Even if I do get energy from that interaction it also drain me of energy very slowly and sooner or later I need time to recover.
I do this by going inside myself and close myself off from others. In parties I am often one of the first that leave. Not because I do not like the people or the party, but because I get overwhelmed and because I spend so much energy that my energy levels drain faster than usual.
In my youth I struggled with this because I thought I was weird and strange. In our society we do not see the need to be alone as something that is socially acceptable but something odd and weird. Today I am very comfortable with this and I am open with the fact that I will not be as social as others might think or want because I have a need to be alone to recover my energy levels.
I had a period 20 years ago where I burned myself out completely and for a year I could barely function as a human being. I am well aware of the cost to ignore the signs my body will give me when my energy levels are getting low and there is not a single person in this universe that will be able to shame me to be social because of this. I do not care if someone think I am boring or unsocial because they can never understand what it means to need time alone. Not everyone feel that they have the strength to do that however because they feel the social pressure from people around them.
This is one of the causes many young people to harm themselves or even take their own lives. When I found this video it really resonated with me because being a persone that need alone time is not a bad thing. We are not weirdos or creeps, we are quite amazing in our own way and we should never have to hide who we are because we live in a society where the social norms are written by the extroverts.
So if you also like time alone and if you feel that social pressure to deny yourself that time to reflect and regain your energy levels, then watch this movie. You are an amazing person and regardless of what people around you think or say you are not the only person in the world who feel this way. There are many of us and it is perfectly ok and normal if you want time for yourself.
Never let anyone convince you that you are anything but awesome just because you sometimes prefer to be alone.
You are perfect just the way you are.
Another long week is over and it has been filled with meetings and exciting conversations. It has also been a week where I have been very tired so I have purposely skipped a few things just to keep from spending to much energy so I can recover.
There are som any exciting things happening at work and this week we really stepped things up a notch or two. Two new systems will be installed and some plugins will be added and tested while I also participate in several studies where we test new ways of working for different purposes. It's amazing and I am more busy than I have been in a while, but in the best of ways.
It looks like my assignment will be extended, which would be great since there are so many opportunities to make a difference and I am working with such amazing people. My colleagues from India are really impressing me and yesterday they showed me some of the areas around where they live on Google maps and its was some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
This week i have been very tired and not just after having been sick for a couple weeks, but also because it's pollen season. Even though I was invited to several very fun events this week, like an After Work with the team I am working with, a UX pub hosted by my company and a monthly meeting with my company that included a cooking class, I skipped them all.
This is not because I feel bad in any way, it's just to be a bit careful so I do not spend to much energy so I get into a bad mental state. It's important to take care of yourself both physically and mentally after all.
Speaking of physical health I am continuing my LCHF experiment where I eat almost no carbs. So far I have lost 7 kilos in the past month and I feel pretty good on this diet. I am a bit sloppy with my water intake however so I have to take care of that. I am also going to hit the gym again after several years of inactivity so we'll see how that goes.
All in all this week has been very good and I feel energized from all the fun things happening at work. Now I will relax a bit and then I look forward to next weeks adventures 🙂
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One common question that often comes up is what the difference is between especially business projects and Software projects. In Jira Software this is not very clear and as a result I see almost all projects are created as Software projects. Lets go through the differences to see what a project type is and how it can be used in your project.
In Jira there are three different project types that you can have:
Business project - Jira Core.
Software Project - Jira Software
Jira Service Desk Project - Jira Service Desk
The different project types comes with some specific features. This means that based on the project types you will see a different set of functionality in your project. These are referred to as Application Specific Features. In essence the choice between the different project types define a template that decides what the project you create will have in terms of functionality. If you accidentally choose the wrong type, then you can always change that later and the new choice will again create the functionalities related to the template.
If you choose Business Project, then you will get the default functions that are included in Jira Core. This project type is best suited for projects that work a lot with tasks.
If you choose Software Project, then you will get the default functions that are included in Jira Core plus the functionalities to work with Agile Boards, Integration with development tools and release hubs for software version release. This is the recommended project type if you work in an Agile way and need the scrum board, or if you work with development so you need the release information or integrate with development tools.
Jira Service Desk Project
This add the service desk functionality such as SLA's and the Que view. It also add some specific Service Desk gadgets. This project type is useful for projects where SLA's are very important and in projects where you need a specific flow for support. Unlike the Business Project and the Software project this project type can feel very different as the view is arranged in a different way to better fit the need of a service desk staff.
A Summary of the Project Types
Project Types are NOT the same as Project Templates
It is very important to understand that Project types are not the same as project templates. Project types define the underlying functionality of the project while templates change the layout and interaction with the project. We will cover the template types in a different blog post if you think that could be interesting.
If you want to read more about project types, feel free to read the Atlassian documentation here.
Services is a new database that I want to add and one service I always wanted to create a section for is a section for hosting.
I have had a few projects where this has been started, but I never actually felt that I had the correct setup for it. With IPB I think I actually might have the solution I want to make this a reality though. I just need to decide on the structure of data and how it will be related to the other databses.
Since SAFe is the latest rage right now and people are working hard to try to adapt to this new "magical" solution I will include elements of SAFe as well in the book. It should be easy enough since I already have the same thoughts even if they are based on practical experience and not only in suggested methodologies.
Basically SAFe just add the layers that make Agile a complete waste in larger projects and companies. The layers help come to terms with the phases before the actual scrum or Agile processes which of course is great since that is the single point of failure in most organizations.
These processes will end up in the internal process workflow in my book and I will briefly touch on the challenges with such a long workflow in Jira and also look at the suggestions and solutions I have seen so far to bring in a SAFe way of working in Jira.
On this site the aim is to give the users value. To share my knowledge and to provide guidance and inspiration. It's a tricky thing because it's hard to really know what topics to start with. I would like to do series on how to work with Jira and Confluence, but it takes time and I am not sure it will be of use for anyone.
Still, I need to do tutorials and guides anyway for many different reasons, so why not start here and see if people like it or not. Maybe I can use this community to see what people think is good and what is in need of improvements and see what comes of that?
Maybe I'll do a series of articles and blog posts just to collect some basic information and then take it from there?
What would you like to see in such a series?
With work and the many unfortunate periods of sickness I have had these last months writing has been slow to say the least. It's still going, but not even closely as fast as I planned. Hopefully my Muses can kick me in the butt and demand some writing, or better yet flatter me silly, so i can get back to speed again!
On the upside however I get confirmation and material almost daily from my work. It is clear that a lot of companies suffer in the same way and as Agile is now failing rapidly they turn towards SAFe. It's not really the best solution either, but a little better.
I plan to take advantage of the files system to upload some writing in order to get feedback. This should help me focus the writing better I think.
These last 3 months or so have not exactly been the best months of my life and it's all due to several periods of sickness. While it's not really surprising that sickness sets in considering the fact that my son and wife both are in school so they get all the nice viruses flourishing there. I spend 15 hours a week in public transportation and 40 hours a week meeting new people almost on a daily basis, so no wonder we sometimes bring home unwanted guests.
Normally this is manageable with a few periods every year when you are down. Usually around school start as that's when the viruses are a bit extra nasty. This period however it has not been manageable and I have had as many periods of sickness in 3 months as I normally have for a full year. This last month has been extra gruesome with the culmination now with 5 days of high fever from the flu.
I have had high fever many times and 40+ in fever is not really uncommon for me. This time however it hurt. A lot. Going from being so cold that my skin shifted color to purple blue to so hot that I felt that my skin would melt away was more intense than usual, even if my fever was not really that high. The combination with my lower back, that i have issues with, starting to ache like a madman and as a result a headache that borderline migraine made this fever trip very unpleasant.
The good thing about being curled up on a fetus position with a mind ravaged by fever and pain is that you have pretty much nothing else to do than think. About life in general and your own position in particular. There are a lot of things that comes to the surface so you can process it and for the past 5 days I have come to realize many things about myself that I now need to work on.
First and foremost I need to break this trend of getting sick, so I need to seriously buff my immune system. I have already cut back on activities that steal energy, but I need to build up activities that also give energy as I am missing that a bit. So far I have been a bit reluctant because these things also cost energy and i have felt that my reserves have been to low to proceed. It's time to realize that there is never any good time to get the ball rolling, but it has to be done.
Food is very important and I have started a LCHF regiment that has worked amazing for me. I have lost 5 kg in just a few weeks with no loss of energy. In fact it has been quite the opposite. I started a regiment of adding vitamins and minerals as well, which also has improved my energy levels. I still need to work on my sleep cycles and water intake as I still fail in that regards. It's time to start measuring sleep again and activate my water app to keep me reminded to drink on a regular basis.
I will book a health test to rule out any physical problems that might cause issues. This will give me a baseline for where I stand and then I can move forward from there. As I start to work out again I will put a strain on my immune system so short term I expect some impact on my health. Long term it will improve health so that is what matters. I will continue with my LCHF regiment and of course ensure I get the vitamins and minerals I need to stay healthy.
Once my health is back on track, then I can proceed with the other aspects of life that need a change.
It is kind of interesting how quickly you can change your opinion of something. 5 years ago IPB, as they were called back then, and Pages was a pain in the behind to me and now I am actually having a blast learning how things hang together. The more I dig, the more I like what I find.
Even if Invision Community have chosen their own approach on things they are not stupid and there are some good thinking going on on their side. The community is still very small and it's still hard to get any real help to more than the basic questions. The people with the knowledge either don't have the time or don't want to share, which is a shame.
Invision Community is a good product, but Pages still have more power than usability and it lack the simplicity that Wordpress have. It would actually not be a very big change in the UI to make Pages act more like Wordpress which would make it far easier to get started with. With Gutenberg coming out for Wordpress soon we will have a similar setup for creating content, but Invision Community still lack a proper library of great components.
It's almost tempting to get a freelancer or two and just build content for pages because it's so under utilized. I see people fall over backwards over customizations such as Pages SuperGrid, which are nice, but compared to the advanced customization even the most toned down of Wordpress themes can provide it's not even in the same league. Considering that Pages have a far better system for building content through the database function it is to me a superior product, but because the user base is so low it does not get the attention it need.
So, I will continue digging and have fun trying out new things 🙂
Building a site based on IPB is a bit tricky because there is very little documentation. What exist is actually pretty good, but not always up to date.
I am not sure how to handle this, but maybe I need to create a space for this just to document my own findings if nothing else?
At the moment I am just digging into the templates structures, which is a huge beast to play with. It has so many features and options it makes my head spin a bit (in a good way). I figure I will want to dig into plugins later on for building configuration options, but first I need to get a good idea on how to build custom forms so i can extend the database entries a bit.
It's fun, but lets see if I need to add a snippet database or something to get things organized a bit.
The databases in Invision Community is pretty impressive, especially when combining with the nice embed function.
This allow me to build databases that can be referenced pretty much anywhere to create dynamic and interresting ways of referencing things.
I currently have things like roles and companies, but I will add databases for products and services as well I think...
It's been a few days now and the basic plan has formed. I still have a long way to go, but I am ready to start planning the code a bit.
Based on the best practices on IPB I will divide the design into custom templates and custom css. The CSS already come with a custom.css file which I will use for global changes. Then I will add section specific CSS so it's easier to work with. For templates I will create new templates for areas where there could be need for separation.
Building the header should not be that hard as it's pretty much a default design with minimal CSS changes. The start page should also be quite easy as I will just need to hide the bottom bar and make the middle bar transparent. Let's see if I am right in that 🙂
Today is 43 years since I arrived in this world and for some reason I feel old. Not in the negative sense that life is passing me by and my life soon is over, quite the opposite. I feel old in the sense that I have done mistakes and that has given me experience and for some reason people start to look to me for advice in life.
In years I am not very old. 43 is hardly a number defined as being old and I have a long way to travel before my natural life span is over. I have done a lot in my 43 years however and unlike many people that by that age are experts in their fields with 20+ years experience, I still consider myself a student of life.
I have tested myself in many ways and I have been close to the flickering lights of the other side a few times already. I have been reckless and paid for it in pain and bodily harm. I have fought injustice, real and imaginary to the cost of my job. I have been foolish and narrow minded and I have made many, many mistakes. These are scars I carry on my body and in my heart. Reminders of lessons learned.
I decided a long time ago that the only way to become a better person is to understand the world around me better. I decided that I can live my life with fear in my heart or let it go to make room for something else. I decided that instead of frown at things that was different I should be curious and learn as much as I could about it. For a year after my brothers death I said yes to everything, regardless of how much it scared me. This experience had a huge impact on my life today.
Today I can look back and see that there was so much I could have done differently. How late in life I realized what I was actually good at and enjoyed doing. But if I had I would not be the man I am today. I would not have the experiences I have had and even if I could have reached this point in life sooner, I am not sure that would have been a good thing. Sometimes the journey is what makes the destination to what it is.
At 43 I am a bit puzzled that I have people coming to me for advice, both in their personal life and professional life. I am not a wise man and I am no expert in any field, but I am experienced in many fields so perhaps it's that. For a long time it felt that being so diverse in what I do was a big disadvantage as I did not have true expertise in any of the areas I worked in.
I am a decent designer, I have written code since 1996 and I have quite a lot of knowledge and experience about conversion optimization and Neurowebdesign. I am certified in requirements and I have 3 years experience as a tester. I have certifications in Cisco networks and I run my own very small hosting business. Still, I know many that are better than me in all of these areas.
One thing I have learned is that when you are at my level where you do E-commerce projects on enterprise levels as a team- or project leader you always have the best people in each field in your team. They do not need you to be an expert as well, but they need you to understand what they do so you can lead them properly.
For a long time I thought being stretched thin covering all these areas made me a less attractive person on the market. Today I realize that because of this broad spectrum I am actually the opposite. It's not often I meet others that can do what I do where I can talk the talk with pretty much anyone in a project on any level and sometimes I can even surpass their capabilities and teach them a thing or two.
In the past 2 years I have noticed that because of this broad spectrum of work and life experiences people have started to come to me for advice. It can be workplace related, life related or even career related. Not only is this something I consider very flattering, but I also take it very serious as my advice could have an impact on a persons life and career.
At 43 today I realize that I have already accomplished a lot in this world, hopefully to the better. I also realize how much there is still to learn and explore. My greatest discovery in life so far is that it is ok to fail and that it is ok to let go and just dive into whatever comes. Fear no longer control me because I have learned that it is a prison of my own making.
I still struggle with permitting myself to be great as I find that to be boastful and disrespectful. I know what it is like to be a the very bottom of the darkest hole and I would never be able to consider my own worth be greater than those that still are trapped there. Perhaps though I need to consider that I can still be a light that show them a path out from that pit of despair. Perhaps I need to consider the words of Marianne Williamson:
At 43 I am still but a student of life and I look forward to the coming years where I will fail and fall. In doing so I will also learn and hopefully become a better person. Perhaps I can someday allow myself to shine so others feel secure enough to let their own light grow and hopefully surpass my own.
Only time will tell where my journey will take me next, but I am going to enjoy the ride no matter where it takes me.
Today I am 43.