Making Mission Statements

As part of my 2011 Annual Review I set goals to define a professional mission statement.

Mission statements are “statements of the purpose, typically for a company or organization.” Against this, an organization (or individual) can weigh decisions and face new challenges while maintaining their original focus.

These are useful, as they give a framework against we can compare our goals and decisions.

I completed this post as part of my 2011 Annual Review. In addition to just a professional mission statement, I included some other ‘statements’ as well.

Statements

1. Life Mission Statement

Task:

Make a mission statement(s). Think holistically to include professional as well as personal.

Result: I’ve got 2 (is that allowed?)

  • Possible: Only do what is a) an expression of ‘who i am’ or what is b) an announcement of ‘who I will become’.
  • Possible: To expose myself to what I ‘don’t know’, to filter that into interests, and set/pursue goals to further those interests.

2. Professional Mission Statement

Task:

Make a mission statement encompassing my professional goals – specifically for my company RMC.

Result:

To deliver core services of software architecture, consulting, development, and training to top interactive companies specializing in Adobe Flash Platform development for games and applications. To champion proven architectures, best practices, and coding standards. Eager to travel. Prioritizing contract-based remote/hybrid engagements English and contract-based remote/on-site engagements in Spanish, Portuguese, & Italian-speaking countries.

3 Professional Role Responsibilities

Task:

Make a role description outlining my ideal responsibilities in RMC. Include exceptions (i.e. not-project management, not art)

Result:

RMC offers architecture, general consulting, development, and training. I enjoy all four services and will continue to offer them. To meet another goal of passive income, I’ll offer a ‘product’ as well (namely internally developing game and monetizing it for mobile) which I may do more of in the future. Typically my engagements step through – search, qualifying a lead, contract/presales, work, delivery. The work, depends on the service offered, but for development there are serveral facets; project management, personnel management (if a small team is assembled), and the actual coding.

4. Ideal Work / Life Balance

Task:

Set goal of X weeks at Y hours-per-week working. List purpose of the rest of time (vacation, travel&accommodations-setup, free-time, learning)

Result:

I surrender myself to what comes in life. If I have back to back great work opportunities, that is great. If I have a few weeks after a work engagement while I find the next opportunity, great.  An ideal would be 9 months of 4 weeks of 40 hours working (1,440 hours) and 12 weeks off of work each year.  The duration of contracts varies greatly (1 to 6 months). To reduce the involuntary downtime between projects, I must begin to job-search 1 month before my current project ends.

I had once decided that 30 hours per week is an ideal balance to contribute to my clients yet still experience the location where I am living. However it seems that clients expect 40 to 50 hours and will be satisfied with 40 hours, so 40 hours is my goal.’

5. Ideal Professional Client & Project

Task:

I am a software development consultant. Here I list the top technologies and job-qualities I want to look for in a prospective job.  e.g. PushButton, Scrum, etc..

Result:

  • Teams working in my foreign languages of interest.
  • Remote team with good management practices
  • Agile, and other project management styles done with conviction and success.
  • Mobile development (particularly Flash development which publishes to multiple platforms and/or devices.)
  • App Development with Robotlegs framework
  • Cutting Edge Flash Player 11+,  such as Stage3D and Starling Framework
  • Cutting Edge AIR 3.0+, such as NativeExtensions, in-app purchases, in-app notifications