FEED THE BEAST
See that guy on the hamster wheel? That's me, running as fast as I can to stay ahead of four frikkin' episodes a week. The Beast is hungry.
(Voice from audience: But what about my Signature Edition reward?)
Ahh... look, a squirrel?
SIGNATURE EDITION IS STILL DELAYED
My big disappointment has been the Signature Edition reward. I have the books in my office, but I simply haven't had time to sign and send them. What's happened is that the Lessons Learned videos are taking huge amounts of time.
The Lessons Learned videos were originally meant to be little 3-5 minute summaries of the Live series. In response to feedback I was getting about the Live episodes being too advanced, I've expanded the Lessons Learned videos to be more like little tutorials. I'm proud of the result, but it's quadrupled (yes, quadrupled) the time required for the videos. Each one now takes more time than I had set aside to do all the Signature Edition books.
pant... pant... must... feed... Beast...
As a result, I've been scrambling to get everything done, and the books got bumped. If you purchased the Signature Edition reward, I'm sincerely sorry about the delay, and getting those books to you is the first thing I'll do once I get ahead of the Beast. I hope to get them out in September.
WHERE WE'RE AT WITH THE OTHER REWARDS
Let's do a quick run down on the rewards.
(tl;dr: Everything except Signature Edition is done or on track. Contact me at email@example.com if you haven't heard from me about your reward.)
☑ BUY ME A BEER: Done. Cheers!
☑ FIRST MONTH: Done. The first month of episodes have all been uploaded.
☑ EARLY ACCESS: On schedule. I deliver most episodes a week or two in advance to early access subscribers.
☑ SITE SOURCE CODE: On schedule. This is still scheduled for October--probably toward the end of the month to make sure you get the latest and greatest.
☑ GARAGE STARTUP, TEAM ROOM, and FUNDED STARTUP (Multi-user packs): Done. I've contacted everyone who purchased these rewards and set up logins for everyone who responded.
☐ SIGNATURE EDITION: Delayed (see above). *hangs head in shame*
☑ SPONSOR AN EPISODE: On schedule. I sent emails to the episode sponsors a few weeks ago and now I'm waiting for them to get back to me.
☑ THE PERSONAL TOUCH: Done. You know who you are. (Thank you.)
AND WHAT ABOUT THE STRETCH GOALS?
The stretch goals are all on track! Most of them were about additional capacity or extra episodes, and those are being delivered. Here's the deets:
☑ PROFESSIONAL SITE DESIGN: On track. I've been coordinating with Primate behind the scenes and they've put together a rockin' site design for us. I just got the completed design and code from them yesterday, so I'll be coding v2 of the website as soon as I've sent out Signature Edition books. No promises about an ETA, because the Beast must be fed, but it's been making steady progress.
☑ THREE EPISODES PER WEEK: Delivering. Must... feed... Beast...
☑ INCREASED HOSTING CAPACITY: Done. The awesome folks at SendFaster have got us set up with four servers around the world, including one in Hong Kong for that difficult Australia bandwidth, and the result is kick-ass video performance, resolution, and quality. I'm really pleased with how this has turned out.
☑ LET'S PLAY TDD DISTILLED: Delivering. The first three chapters are out, and frustrating, I know. Chapter 4 is in the can and coming out on Sept 8th (or now, if you have Early Access). From what people tell me, this is the chapter where everything clicks. Don't miss it.
☑ MORE STUDENT REGISTRATIONS: Done. As I said, I'll roll the extras over once payments are set up.
FIVE THINGS I'VE DONE SINCE THE LAST UPDATE
* FEED THE BEAST.
* Produced three Lessons Learned videos. Would you believe that those three Lessons Learned episodes have taken more time than all the Live and TDD Distilled episodes put together?
* Took a side trip in Canada to deliver the Personal Touch reward. We came up with a cool testing approach, but it's not my place to say more than that.
* Lots of conversations with Primate to figure out design of website. I'm really happy with how it's turned out and I can't wait to get it online. But the Signature Edition books must come first.
* Participated in a lot of great conversations in the episodes' comment pages. Be sure to check them out! There's some great thoughts being posted.
Thanks for your support, everyone! I won't put out another update for a while, but you can count on a steady stream of videos in the meantime. The Beast must be fed!