The final tallies are in and the money's on its way. In the end, only seven pledges failed to go through, which just continues to show how awesome you all are.
I've started putting the screencast together and delivering rewards. It's off to a slow start, as I've had a lot of administrative work to do, but once this update goes out that will be done and I'll be able to focus on building the screencast and its website. More on that below.
Surveys are out. Everyone who pledged $5 or more should have received a backer survey by now (or a direct email from me). Please fill out your survey as I'll need that information to fulfill your reward.
As soon as this update goes out, I'm going to focus on fulfilling rewards. As with most software projects, I have a firm deadline and extremely squishy estimates. There's a lot of schedule risk to manage. I plan to be extra transparent about what's going on and when I intend to have everything ready, and I hope you'll understand that those plans will change as I learn new things.
The Screencast and Website
The biggest reward for me to fulfill, of course, is the screencast. I've committed to air the first episode in late June or early July, and I'm working full-time to meet that goal.
The screencast itself is fairly predictable. I've had a lot of experience with my Let's Play TDD screencast, so producing the episodes themselves won't be a problem, and I timed the production of several episodes prior to starting the Kickstarter drive. If producing videos was all I had to do, I could have the first one out next week.
My plan is for the first episode to air no later than July 16th, with Early Access backers getting their first batch of episodes the week of of July 9th. I'll be managing scope like a demon to meet this date. My family's summer vacation is in the second half of July, so anything that isn't ready by July 16th won't get worked on until August. Chances are good that I'll have a bare-bones website ready by then and I'll continue making improvements to the site in August and September.
My predictions will improve as I do the work and I'll keep you updated as I go.
If you purchased a multi-user pack, I'll contact you a few weeks before the screencast airs (probably the week of July 2nd) to coordinate user logins. I'll probably be coordinating access manually at first, but I'm still dedicated to keeping the process low maintenance and hassle-free for you.
Signature Edition Books
Because my big schedule risk is the website, I'm prioritizing it ahead of the books. I'm writing a personal thank-you letter in each book, and a lot of the "Signature Edition" shipments require customs forms, so I can't just sign and ship them in my spare time. As a result, the books may not go out until after the screencast starts airing, which means they're likely to ship in early August.
That said, I've already received the Signature Edition books and they're in my office ready to be signed. If I can send them out sooner, I will.
If you signed up to sponsor an episode, I'll contact you in early August to arrange the details of your sponsorship message. Your episode will air sometime in August or September.
Site Source Code
Yes, I'm actually going to make a toast to the three people who selected the $5 "Buy Me a Beer" reward. :-) That will happen soon. Perhaps some evening this month when video hosting woes have convinced me that "Amazon S3" stands for "Amazon Says Swig Suds."
BACK TO WORK!
So that's the plan. It's probably not going to work out this neatly, so I'll keep you updated as things change. My first priority is producing a great series, and if these dates have to shift in order to keep quality high, they'll shift. Forgive my sudden yet inevitable betrayal.
Five Things I've Done Since the Last Update
- Caught up on all the administrative work that piled up while managing the Kickstarter.
- Created roadmap and prepared working budget.
- Sent surveys or otherwise contacted all backers who pledged $5 or more.
- Discussed video hosting challenges with Chris Mather of Evented Mind.
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May 14, 2012 - Jun 5, 2012
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BUY ME A BEER: You love the idea, but you don't want the videos. That's okay. I'll toast you as I drink one of Portland's fine microbrews.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
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FIRST MONTH: Get the first 8 "Live" & "Caffeinated" episodes and the first 2 "Lessons Learned" episodes. Viewable on the web & downloadable. DRM-free. Source code included.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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190 backers Limited (10 of 200 left)
STARVING STUDENT: You are starving and/or a student. Get the whole series: 32 "Live" & "Caffeinated" episodes and 8 "Lessons Learned" episodes. Viewable on the web & downloadable. DRM-free. Source code included. HONOR SYSTEM: Please save this reward for the people who really need it! I won't be checking up on you, but you'll know if you cheated. AND YOU'LL FEEL BAD ABOUT IT.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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FULL SEASON: Get the whole season: 32 "Live" & "Caffeinated" episodes and 8 "Lessons Learned" episodes. Viewable on the web & downloadable. DRM-free. Source code included.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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EARLY ACCESS: Get access to videos as soon as they're ready! Regular viewers will get videos on a set schedule (such as one every Tuesday and Thursday); you'll get to see them the instant they're uploaded. Includes the whole season: 32 "Live" & "Caffeinated" episodes and 8 "Lessons Learned" episodes. Viewable on the web & downloadable. DRM-free. Source code included. NOTE: videos will be recorded & uploaded in batches, over the course of several months.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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HELP OUT A STUDENT: You get the "Early Access" reward AND I use the extra $10 in your pledge to make another "Starving Student" registration available. NOTE: This reward is automatically included with all "Early Access" rewards of $50 and more. I increase student registrations manually, so please allow up to 24 hours for new student registration slots to appear.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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GARAGE STARTUP (3-USER PACK): You and two of your best buds are going to change the world. To help you do it, you get three transferable logins for the "Full Season" reward.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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15 backers Limited (35 of 50 left)
SIGNATURE EDITION: Get a signed copy of my book inscribed with a personal thank-you message, AND the "Early Access" reward. US shipping included. Add $10 for international shipping.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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2 backers Limited (14 of 16 left)
SPONSOR AN EPISODE: I'll give a shout-out to you and your peeps at the beginning of a "Live" episode of my choice, including an NPR-style (brief & not excessively commercial) mention of your favorite product, company, or charity, AND you also get the "Early Access" reward.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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SPONSOR A LESSON: I'll give a shout-out to you and your peeps at the beginning of a "Lessons Learned" episode of my choice, including an NPR-style (brief & not excessively commercial) mention of your favorite product, company, or charity, AND you also get the "Early Access" reward.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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AN EVENING OUT: I'll treat you and your guest to an evening of fine dining and conversation at one of Portland's best restaurants. You also get the "Early Access" reward. NOTE: Travel to Portland is not included.Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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0 backers Limited (3 of 3 left)
BE A STAR: Appear as my remote pair programming partner on up to four consecutive "Live" videos AND get the "Early Access" reward. (Be sure you have time free this summer for recording.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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GOING CONCERN (55-USER PACK): You're pros. And pros know that coordinating large teams takes serious software development chops. These videos will help. You get 55 transferable logins for the "Full Season" reward.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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