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So excited to have completed the Project Management Institute Certified Associate Project Manager online course and certification exam. It was a great experience and I highly recommend it to anyone who, like me, is building their career in web development and project management.

Myself dancing with the Coronavirus by Lindsie Anderton

In case you haven't noticed we have been in the midst of a global pandemic since early 2020 and there is a nasty coronavirus on the loose called COVID-19. Since I currently hold a very public job, and serve hundreds of people in-person on a daily basis, I can't believe that I managed to outrun this sucker for almost two years. But then, it got me and it got me good.

Chrome dev tools device toolbar and WAVE chrome extension by Clark Newell

Manual testing, accessibility evaluations, unit testing and mock production builds will definitely reveal issues you didn’t even realize you had. This in turn creates a lot more cards or “tickets” on your kanban board, but it’s for the best because you definitely want to release the most presentable, useable, and accessible product possible.

Clark Blog Trello kanban board by Clark Newell

So grateful I have been trained to look at my progress in retrospect, approach things in different ways when necessary, and organize my tasks kanban style in order to meet goals. Without this, I would never have a usable product to begin representing myself in the marketplace.

Cover of Scrum by Jeff Sutherland designed by Justin Thomas Kay

Agile methodology not only allows for constant review of team productivity, it also allows for constant review of the product being developed. It’s best to find out early and often when something is not going to work, or could be done better/faster in a different way.

Sink filled with computer parts

I have loved learning to become a truly Full Stack Developer. While doing something different every day or week definitely fights away boredom and constantly offers up new challenges, I would love the opportunity to develop an expertise that I am known for.

Clark Newell with and Coding Partner Bobbicat by Clark Newell

Building a custom app or website for your business can be expensive, actually. If you're an individual creator or sole proprietor without developer skills, I would definitely recommend Wix, Squarespace and/or Shopify. Side note: if you do have dev skills, reach for Gatsby, Next.js or SvelteKit!

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I sincerely and optimistically look forward to 2019 and beyond. When one strives to challenge themselves mentally and physically every day, great and unexpected things happen. I also remain open to new and interesting pathways and unexpected turns along the journey as they present themselves.