After nearly two days of being locked indoors working on content and a multitude of other things for VIVA, it was a blessing to leave the house for a few secret hush-hush meetings today (and even though I call them "secret hush-hush projects", about half of them are still directly related to making VIVA better).
Kory from Academy Xi asked how my week was when I saw him this morning.
"Pretty good. Productive. It is funny though, Thursdays and Fridays are usually when I get the best ideas, and by the time I want to implement them, it is the weekend and everyone is taking a break!"
Yikes! It is Thursday afternoon already!!
Rather than writing about my coffee with Ben and Kory, or the other meetings I had today - partly because it is pretty boring to be recounting the proceedings of meetings and partly because so much of those conversations are commercial in confidence, I want to write a little bit about the things we have planned for VIVA over the next few months.
One story at a time though - today's is about the progress on our web management portal.
The web management portal is a vital piece of the VIVA puzzle.
Since our goal is to give people personalised recommendations for events they will love, it is vital we make it easy for event organisers to create and manage events on the VIVA platform.
The history of developing our web management portal is a little crazy. The only reason I am not writing about the full story is because I do not want to besmirch the name of the team involved in that build (they achieve that outcome without my help). Due to their efforts, we had to rebuild our web portal from scratch in July and August this year. The build continues to this day.
When I first told Ian the story in September, his reaction was, "You have had some really bad luck with developers!"
While Ian might be right, I am really glad we have the team that we do today. It almost feels like we had to go through the trials to appreciate the reward; like fighting dragons to appreciate the gold. That is the great news - our tech team is adding new features to our web management portal every week, and at this rate, we should have the first fully functional product in January 2018, just in time for Sydney Festival!