For the past 16 months, I’ve been heads down working on something big at Harvest. This past Tuesday, we finally shipped!
Forecast is a brand new web application that allows businesses to plan their team’s time in a visual and fluid way. With real-time collaboration, the ability to plan against key milestones, and a better view into their team’s availability, managers will now have a much clearer insight into the health of their projects and their businesses. Not only that, but we have even bigger plans on the roadmap to bring a tight integration between Forecast and Harvest time tracking that will make jaws drop. It’s really exciting!
But there’s more to say than how good the product is. Building this app has been a huge undertaking. For me, it’s really been the best experience of my professional career.
This is actually the first real application that I’ve been a part of from idea, to concept, to prototype, to beta, to 1.0. I had the good fortune of working with a phenomenal team, all talented and brilliant, and help build a a brand new product built with some of the latest technologies (Forecast is built on Ember).
I was not only the designer on Forecast, but wore a number of hats, including product manager, UX designer, and HTML and CSS developer. A lot of trust was granted to me by my bosses and my team, and I put my heart and soul into it. Working on Forecast these past 16 months I’ve learned more than I can blog about. We built an all new product while learning about an entirely new customer problem.
I’m extremely proud of the work my team and I did, and I want to give props to Joschka, Arun, Ken, TJ, Jason, Doug, and Danny. What a ride. Interestingly, what I’m most excited about is actually the next 16 months. Forecast, as it is now, is only a fraction of the complete vision we have for it, and I’m looking forward to continuing to improve a rich product that helps people work better.
What else have I been up to?
I realize I’ve been pretty quiet here the past few months. Aside from the launch (and stress) at work, I’ve been pretty busy lately as well. For starters, I moved to Greenpoint.
I meant to blog about that earlier, but oh well. I’m pretty excited about it. I lived in my last apartment for over 4 years, and have been working at Harvest almost that entire time. Things were beginning to feel stale; I needed a change. So I moved to a new neighborhood, in a 2 bedroom with a friend of mine. I’m looking forward to trying new restaurants and bars, and relaxing in my new living room on a new couch.
Other than that I’ve been out of town, up in Boston for my girlfriend’s relatives, leaving for Cancun tomorrow, and then another potentially crazy work Summit. I haven’t even seen a free summer concert yet. I’m hoping for things to slow down in a few weeks, but I know I’ll just start diving into thoughts about visiting friends in Austin and LA. Things could be worse.
But yah, Cancun… hopefully by the time you read this I’m sitting poolside with a piña colada. Adios!