December 20, 2020

2021 Transition

2020 was a hundred swift kicks to the shorts and one giant kick in the ass.

If you’ve lost people you love, if you’ve gotten sick or hurt, if you’ve lost your job, if you’ve been shoved farther into the margins of society, then I feel for you, and I will help any way I reasonably can.

On a personal level, near the end of the summer I began to see just how complacent I have been with this platform I have and to realize that I simply am not doing enough to generate the kind of interest or impact in this space that I need to meaningfully move the needle for myself or for SuiteScript developers. That is what I set out to do originally; that is still what I intend to do, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I need to make some significant changes to do so.

On any given 7-day week, I get a maximum of 28 hours to perform this work. The rest is spent in childcare, family time, and a not-unhealthy amount of sleep – all of which are uncompromisingly immovable, as they should be. However, that means I need to be extremely diligent, disciplined, and focused with the time I do have, which means there will be many big things I say “No” and “Goodbye” to in 2021.

What will I be saying Goodbye to?

  • I will no longer be writing the daily Effective SuiteScript emails or creating any YouTube videos for the Effective SuiteScript series.
  • I will no longer be offering the Effective SuiteScript group coaching program.
  • I will no longer be offering development services in any form.
  • I currently have no plans of adding further info products like Cookbooks or Self-Study, but what I have already created will remain available for sale.

What will I be doing instead?

For the people still looking to learn SuiteScript, I have created a new email series called SuiteScript by Example, a once-weekly email series of SuiteScript example code. I will still be monitoring and responding to any replies I get from those emails. Currently the series contains 8 examples, and I do intend to periodically add more, eventually reaching a full year of examples. That will not, however, be the focus of my business.

Beginning in 2021, I intend to go all-in on my assertion that the bar is too low. I will be writing emails and articles, performing research, leading workshops, and running advisory programs all to help current and aspiring leaders run more sustainable SuiteScript practices. It is my sincerest hope that helping leaders to establish a vision and execute a plan for a better software practice will have an outsized positive impact on the whole SuiteScript ecosystem. As my friend and podcast co-host Tim Dietrich likes to say, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” I intend to be as the moon to those tides, if necessary.

Where can you go from here?

  1. You can simply do nothing, and on the following Monday after you receive this, you’ll automatically start receiving the weekly SuiteScript by Example emails.
  2. If you’d like to begin receiving the new content about building an enviable SuiteScript practice, click here to opt-in to the Sustainable SuiteScript newsletter.
  3. You will still find me recording SuiteScript Stories with Tim every week, in the NetSuite Professionals Slack group, and lurking on r/Netsuite and r/SuiteScript.
  4. Of course, you can always unsubscribe.

Whatever your choice, I wish you and everyone you love all the best in 2021 and beyond.

Keep learning; keep sharing.


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