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Poll: What was your biggest accomplishment in 2009?

For many IT pros, 2009 has been extremely stressful. Justin James suggests taking time to reflect on what you accomplished this year.

This is a guest post from Programming and Development blogger Justin James.

From what I can tell, 2009 has been the single most challenging year for the economy for most people below retirement age. Under the conditions, it is no surprise that people have been stressed out and focused on the negatives. All the same, I bet we can all find something that we accomplished this year, even if it was just keeping our heads above water. For me, I managed to learn a lot of new things, while managing numerous life changes without going nuts. What about you?

J.Ja

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51 comments
RayJeff
RayJeff

It's interesting because for the first 11 years of life, I lived in Florence. Moving to Lynchburg was a real change for me, as a child. But living in Lynchburg as an adult it really something. And from talking to friends of mine who have moved from places like New York, Virginia, Maryland who have moved to Lynchburg, it's like beyond culture shock to them. No public transportation. No food place within walking distance. No cabs. No subway....

WebWatcher
WebWatcher

join a very small group to develop the next set of web accessibility standards for the government of my country. I'm thrilled, humbled, and just a bit scared.

Fregeus
Fregeus

and kept my sanity at a VERY boring job.

Tig2
Tig2

I got to meet many of the TR people that I love dearly and respect. (June) I learned that my old (think 80s) nursing training would kick in when I needed it most. I learned that I could hear the most devastating news in the world and stay sane... ish. I learned that I have a unique ability to reach out to others like me and actually make a difference. I learned that Facebook games have the potential to cause your last remaining brain cell to go into irrevocable shock... and actually enjoy the sensation. I learned that I am what I am with the capabilities that I have on any given day... and that those capabilities have the power to change with no notice. I learned what soul destroying pain is... and that you can live through it. I learned to embrace- not just today, but this very second- and cherish it. All we really ever have is right NOW. This year, I am grateful that I stayed sane.

domiles
domiles

1. Staying alive, not a joke with my wonky heart. 2. Re-designing a business web site that is slowly climbing in the rankings. 4. Getting the new new computer built, up and running and really liking Windows 7 and 64 bit computing which save me time and energy (both very precious commodities to me). 5. Several major cracks in the genealogy brick walls I have been trying to through for the past 40 years and the wonderful friends and family members I have gotten to know because of the cracks. Happy Holidays everyone!

nolandbay
nolandbay

Wow after reading some of the responses my year sounds a bit straight forward and unremarkable. I work for a skills institute training electrical technicians. I joined a team that wen ton to develop an on line package for electricians who want to run their own business. The package included simulations and basic games to make the study of regulations and rules a little less tedious. We completed on time and our production was received with acclaim by our clients. Our only acknowledgment of the world financial crisis has been to do a lot more on line collaboration. For a group developing a computer package this was hardly an imposition, but our employer thought it was a big sacrifice so we are in front at the moment. All the best wishes for the season to everyone and a happy and prosperous new year. R

Wild Card
Wild Card

Changing all the IP addresses manually of every computer, printer, router, and switch and all routes and host files. This one was a team effort but I made up the plan to have it done in a timely manner. Had we stuck to the plan, that would have been nice too. DHCP is a fad.

dwdino
dwdino

Had to propose, design, acquire (100K under budget) and implement a 100% Virtualized infrastructure for regulated clients. Once the infrastructure was complete, multiple teams deployed information services, ticket manangment, reporting, auditing, and user management components. Running like a top. That was fun!

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

My companies CRM system, which I defined launched after months of work.

JamesRL
JamesRL

As a result of layoffs, I've had fewer resources in my department, and less of an ability to call on resources in other departments. And yet I still have to try and get things done. I've also had to take on some new responsibilities which stretch my ability to multitask. Try running a project meeting with people around North America when the alarm goes off telling you that the data centre AC just died.... James

jck
jck

After 3 rounds of job cuts here and being the newest guy on the totem pole and knowing there's a "layoff by seniority" section in the handbook, I keep it in the back of my mind to keep my eye on the open jobs in the area just in case.

FooFooUK
FooFooUK

Career wise, this year has been uh, not the best by a long shot. On the flipside, I got to see and experience some new countries for the first time. I'm sure 2010 will be better!

El Guapo
El Guapo

I completed my dual masters degree in business administration and health systems management while still being employed full time (thank you, God) and being a full time father as well.

RayJeff
RayJeff

It's been a seriously hard 2009 for me. It's been seriously difficult finding a job. I've been doing some consulting throughout the year, but it's been few and far between. All of my efforts have been into finding if not full-time employment, contract work. The hardest part for me has been making it through to at least the 1st or 2nd interview and then to find out that I didn't get the job or the project has been postponed. Or, the many emails stating that someone meets the requirements more closely. There have been time where I've just wanted to to pull ALL of my hair out, sledgehammer my computer or leaving the filed I love..but I've been surprisingly kept my head on. It's helped that I have a few friends who truly understand my lack of work and not been "bible thumping" to me by saying I should've had an job by now or this and that. But, as the end of the year comes, I've been trying to move forward with something that has been starting me in my face, but haven't acted on; officially starting an IT consulting business. I'm in the right location for it and have the perfect niche area. At this point, what do I have to lose? So, I'm going to try for it.

rowvin
rowvin

i definitely stayed sane... and i learned a whole lot of new things.. ;)

Sterling chip Camden
Sterling chip Camden

Especially in JavaScript and Common Lisp, both of which informed my approach to programming in general.

Doug Vitale
Doug Vitale

I chose "learned something new" because there were no poll responses dealing with certifications. Oh yeah, and I stayed employed!

Sparticus_123
Sparticus_123

I got hired by a company that is the inspiration for Dilbert. I have channeled my inner Wally.

Bob_or_Fred
Bob_or_Fred

Completed my Bachelor's of IT degree. Earned my first 5 certifications (A+, Network+, MCP, MCTS: SQL2005, CCNA) Also obtained my first actual IT-focused job. Sure, the economy is crap, but I've had a pretty darn good year.

tokeno
tokeno

I achieve the the following certs MCSA/MCSE and I am quite proud of it after being a audi tec for twenty two years and I managed to get a job with the city of Toronto as a junior admin .The pay is not the greatest but I am learning while on the job and I am currently studying for ccna which I am aiming to write in February 2010 . So I guess I have accomplished quite a bit . So in total I have my MCP,MCDST,MCSA,MCSE, and writing A+ on Thursday 601 and 602 on Friday. Thank you for all the great information over the past year and I look forward to still receiving the news letters next year. Tokeno

Chris_Muncy
Chris_Muncy

I was able to migrate to a new company before my current company was sold and my position eliminated. My new position was a step up in both responsibilities and compensation.

SheFixesThings
SheFixesThings

As a Reporting Information Programmer, (not a DBA) I was able to better organize data tables to better streamline reporting of data that isn't always set up to be reportable with it's constant change and no data normalcy.

MyPMExpert
MyPMExpert

My biggest achievement was getting the enhanced EuroMillions with the new Millionaire Raffle game launched to the incredibly tight publicised launch date. This was a huge project involving one of the UK's best known brands and Europe's biggest lottery game. The project needed detailed work from 31 teams in 4 continents. It included everything from the Media and TV campaign, to liaising with the National Lottery COmmission Regulator, through to delivering a brand new draw machine and new working practices, to delivering complex technical solutions from teams in 4 continents through to printing and distributing 75 millions new playslips to 28,800 retailers. A huge operation and the resulting launch has delivered a 55% increase in sales which in the midst of a recession is brilliant. And the other big achievement is the launch of my project management website called http://www.my-project-management-expert.com which is rapidly gaining readers and user traffic. All in all a really busy year work wise but one where the achievements for me were very real! Regards Susan de Sousa

FooFooUK
FooFooUK

Why did you go about setting the IP address manually? I had to do something very similar a few years ago (luckily only on 40 odd PCs) due to some call centre 'wallboard' type software which lost track of the data it should be piping to each PC. This was a workaround approach and was a real pain in the butt. In the end we found the problem was to do with the server it was on, so were able to resolve it permanently until eventually replacing the entire telephony system two and a half years later.

jck
jck

That sucks.

Justin James
Justin James

A recruiting friend of mine is going nuts trying to hire someone to work in Lexington, intersection of 378 and I20 (not SEFL, though). In addition, I know someone in Lexington on Old Cherokee Road who may be hiring a part time contractor. J.Ja

JamesRL
JamesRL

Scott Adams used to work at Pacific Bell and no doubt picked up much there. One of the suppliers he dealt with a lot with was Nortel, and it was clear from the timing that many of the events happening at Nortel inspired Scott (computer holy wars). I think these days Scott gets inspirational stories from his readers. James

rackerman
rackerman

Whew! Congratulations, and best wishes. Cheers, Richard

elvalo
elvalo

Wow.. that's the path I wanna follow... Looking forward to achive the MCSA/MCSE cert. Hopefully i'll get those in the 2010.. Best regards..

TheProfessorDan
TheProfessorDan

I started off the calendar year teaching part time after I was laid off October of 2008. I feel blessed to have weathered the storm and have a great job and I am still teaching part time. I am also proud that I took on 3 new classes and had some success teaching them.

The 'G-Man.'
The 'G-Man.'

ouside just 'project management; what did you contribute to the project deliverable? I also doubt that a national lottery project was 'your project' - you just worked on 'the project' I may however be incorrect.

george.flecknell
george.flecknell

"My biggest achievement was getting the enhanced EuroMillions with the new Millionaire Raffle game launched to the incredibly tight publicised launch date." Any you did it ALL ON YOUR OWN. Impressive.

jkameleon
jkameleon

It's your employer's project.

maymayla
maymayla

To be honest, I have no accomplishment in 2009, I'm shameful about this.

rackerman
rackerman

Congratulations to you and your team! Cheers, Richard F. Ackerman

RayJeff
RayJeff

What kind of work is it? I don't live in the Lexington area, though :-(

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

if I didn't know, would it matter? :D

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

If she didn't, we wouldn't know either.

Justin James
Justin James

... just not the one in SC, I heard of the one in Kentucky where the bourbon is made! :D J.Ja

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

So I know the advantages...and disadvantages. ;) I've often thought that small towns should come equipped with one or two of the big-city conveniences, primarily a good deli and a neighborhood pub. [i]It's interesting you mentioned 341/120/I-95. I live off of 341. My house is 5 mins away from 95.[/i] Well, that's the route that Stupid the GPS chose. I'll remember to honk and wave, though, if I'm ever through there again. :D

RayJeff
RayJeff

I don't have any C# experience. I haven't done much web development work in years. I really need to pick up CSS. :-(

RayJeff
RayJeff

I have heard so many people say that about coming to Lynchburg. It really doesn't surprise me that less than nobody has ever heard of the place. But, Lynchburg does have a few local celebs :-) It's interesting you mentioned 341/120/I-95. I live off of 341. My house is 5 mins away from 95. I like driving I-20, but I really loved driving down I-77. Call me crazy, but I guess I enjoy the traffic, since I don't normally ride in that traffic down here in Lynchburg *lol*

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

It's almost the same distance. Lexington is only about four more miles, but you get to (have to? :0 ) stay on I-20 all the way. I've actually been through Lynchburg, but it was an accident. :p I was about half-an-hour out of Columbia on my way to Myrtle Beach when I got diverted to Bluffton. Caught 341 at exit 120 and cut the corner to I-95. Lynchburg struck me as one of those small towns that not many people go to on purpose because they don't know what they're missing. :D etu

Justin James
Justin James

It's a Web Development job, C#. Someone with 3 - 5 years experience needed. The recruiter is going nuts, the client has given 7 questions that prospective candidates should be able to answer. Out of the 7, 1 was poorly worded (and hard to see how to improve the wording, unfortunately) and 1 was rather tricky (but it made sense), and the others should be slam dunk questions for anyone who knows what they are doing. If you are interested, call Stacy Lanham at Systemtek, her number is 803-805-8100 x 114. Tell her I referred you about the job she and I talked about a few days ago, so she know which one you mean. She is a very good recruiter, and once you talk to her, she'll keep you in mind for other stuff. The last job I had, she landed me in like that, we had talked about one job, and months later she found the *perfect* one for me. J.Ja

RayJeff
RayJeff

*rofl* You are so right. There is no fast way from Lynchburg to Lexington. I would have to say the longest commute I've done yet was from Lynchburg to Blythewood when I was working at ACS. And it seemed like the longest drive in the world, as far as leaving work in the mornings.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

It wouldn't be bad as long as you didn't want a life! :p The problem is there is no FAST way from Lynchburg to Lexington.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

I'd so much rather put the laughing emoticon in the post title...