When I set on to this all it was merely a strange idea to change the focus of my company and my own way to conduct work.
To sharpen the picture for myself a bit I tried to set up a small set of rules for this journey borrowed mostly from the concept of the medieval german walz – which is somehow fitting.
- Not closer than 50 kilometers (I kept to 50 miles btw.) to home
- No town twice (exempting harbors, train stations and airports)
- Only carry on luggage
- Performing my craft on the journey
- An uneven number of crossings of the date line (this one actually is not from medieval times, but ensures that I really go completely around the world)
So why is this journey like the journeyman’s years from medieval times?
For the last couple of years I’ve been exclusively on the consulting side of the business – mainly concerned with processes and architecture.
Now I intend to (re-)learn the craft of software development. And with my current experience and depth of knowledge in the fields I plan to venture into – namely Objective-C and Ruby – journeyman seems to fit the bill for me.