It has been many years since my job description included software development. In fact, my first computer lessons were delivered via punch cards (this one might have been a card that I produced as a student at NC State University).
I dabble in using our database software (called MinistryPlatform or just “MP” for short). I experiment with pulling different sets of data. I occasionally step in and help with the data entry (or data maintenance) each week. Basically, I do stuff that I don’t have to do so that I can learn and grow in my technical skills.
Why? My position does not require me to be a database expert. Yes, I generally enjoy the work, but it is also because:
- When I need something done in a hurry, there is no need to panic. I have kept my training up to date.
- I often discover new ways to improve the systems and processes. I get creative and find shortcuts to do it faster.
- It helps me find new approaches to old problems. The lessons learned can be useful in other projects that I am involved with.
Let’s dabble more.
Thanks for listening.