I started working for Web Dev Studios about 90 days ago.
Shocker: I had imposter syndrome.
I’d never had a job as a full-time dev.
The last contract dev gig I had at an agency (with a super-smart owner and a PM I deeply respect) I was *fired* from for my inability to handle FED stuff.
One of the reasons I applied to WDS is the commitment to the WP community. One day a month the entire company works on things to support OSS. It’s scheduled. It’s intentional. It’s important.
This seems like it should be an easy, fun day.
I stress over my output these days. I have 8 hours to do something that’s helpful to the WP community.
So far, for #5ftf I have focussed on our plugin-generator. While the plugin gen does require some techie chops to install and generate with, the thing I enjoy most about it is strict pattern adherence.
It dictates a way of doing things.
It’s easily identifiable.
I use it every day, at work and on personal projects.
When I see a WDS plugin-gen project I know how it works immediately and can dig into very quickly.
On our company scrums on #5ftf days every single person talks about what they did for #5ftf.
FED create things more usable and beautiful.
BED build and update plugins that are vital parts of many WP installs.
I can’t stop smiling during #5ftf scrums.
Look, the nature of a job is that sometimes…it’s not perfect. Deadlines, stress, and personality conflicts. These smart people I work with, when they get to dig in on #5ftf do amazing things.
It’s impossible to not root for them and be proud to work with them!