2012 New Years’ Resolutions

2011 Blog AvatarHere, my first post of 2012, I present to you my goals for the new year. There are no personal goals in the list like losing weight or getting more exercise, though I could stand to do both. Instead, these are my goals for Limulus Systems in the coming year. Programming is at the top of my list in importance, and most important in programming is writing my own app. I will need to hit the programming hard to achieve this one, but it will also take some non-programming work. For example, creating my own app will require decisions about the user interface, which will require interface mockups, which may require evaluation of the competition, and etc. It will be a stretch but I believe that it’s possible to achieve these goals in a year:

  1. Programming
    1. go through the iTunes U iOS courses from Stanford.
    2. complete working through The Big Nerd Ranch Guide.
    3. investigate into other programming courses.
    4. create interfaces of my own app.
    5. begin programming of my own app.
  2. Usability Testing
    1. complete reading Handbook of Usability Testing.
    2. develop mockups of interface.
    3. develop plan for testing.
    4. create Omnigraffle mockups for testing (if actual iPhone/iPad interfaces not available).
    5. find space for testing.
    6. recruit test subjects.
    7. conduct testing.
    8. evaluate testing.
  3. Write a Business Plan
    1. go through books on business plans.
    2. evaluate the competition (on iOS and  MacOS X).
    3. calculate income and expenses.
    4. develop preliminary interface mockups to show.
  4. Further Publicize Limulus Systems Name
    1. improve “About Me” write-ups in Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, blog.
    2. get a Google+ business account.
    3. learn to use Flirt (an app to enhance Facebook visibility).
    4. tweet more regularly.
    5. incorporate? copyright business name?
  5. Fundraising
    1. brainstorm about premiums for Kickstarter, etc.
    2. create writeup for funding site.
    3. create video for funding site.

What do you think? Are there any gaping holes or problems with the plans? Too much? Too little? Anything that I should have thought of? In some cases, the lack of detail in the goals reflects my lack of knowledge of what’s required for completion, so there will be some additions, I’m sure. If you have any thoughts on the subject, let me know.

P.S. – Did you note the new image for the blog? I changed it to be more consistent across all my social media, Twitter, etc. I hope you like it.

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4 Responses to 2012 New Years’ Resolutions

  1. Nancy says:

    What this about Flirt? Not sure I like the sound of that

    • wjackman says:

      It's a little hard to describe since I don't know exactly how it works, but the creators say that it's a way to quickly increase your Facebook "likes". I'll have to see… if it looks like it's just going to spam people, then I won't use it, but if it somehow finds people with relevant interests that I can reach out to, that might be useful. Heaven knows I could use some help with social networking. If you're interested, the link to it in the Mac App Store is: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flirt/id451348249?…

      • Alicia says:

        Wow, those resolutions sound ambitious but, if anyone's organized enough to come close to achieving all of those, it'd be you. Keep up the good planning and work!

  2. Ann says:

    Personally, I'll just be going for the getting more exercise.

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