This Labor Day weekend marked the 45th Earl Park Fall Festival in Earl Park, Indiana. Growing up just 6 miles south of this rural farm town, the annual festival has always held a special place in my heart. It is a tremendous honor to continue the legacy of so many community members including my grandfather, Leonard Hardebeck. I remember as a 90’s kid walking around with my parents down the midway and stopping at the 4H stand for a pop.
For the last few years, I’ve essentially been a software developer doing Tier 1 support. Instead of proactively being able to simplify and optimize our software solutions, all I could do was react to the business units who were reporting issues. The pile of bugs kept growing and growing and managing those bugs proved to be in itself almost a full time job. I know that I’m not the first developer to be in this situation and I certainly won’t be the last.