I’ll preface this post with the fact that I have gotten very little to no sleep in the past couple of days. So, I’m sorry Michelle if there’s any errors on this post.
Finishing up PPAT, I got a good change to take a step back and finally see what I have done. Initially, I was generally disenchanted with the product we created. I didn’t really expect too much from what I though was a simple Google calendar reminder system with a fresh coat of paint on it. It wasn’t until late yesterday night, or early this morning (don’t quite remember any more) that I finished making the installation instructions on Instructables that I received an email notifying me that someone has not only looked at the product, but taken the time to comment on it (http://www.instructables.com/id/Your-friendly-reminder/?comments=all#CPH4GOAI3GX8JMW). Slightly surprised, I decide to take a look at the comment, not knowing what to expect. For the first time after finishing the product I had truly felt like I made something useful and as they put it “innovative”.
Then, today when we were presenting our products to the crowds, I got a change to see Don showing off what we had made for him. Just seeing him joyously explaining “Your Friendly Reminder” to some friends of his and telling them that it truly helps him out and keeps him focused was a welcomed sight.
Unfortunately, for the most part this semester, the development and finalization of our final product was a very rocky and sometimes trying process. Just to get to our final product took a large portion of the class and with it some of my patience. The seemingly unproductive and long-winded meetings turned into an unwanted chore in my week and quickly became something I dreaded attending.
But, seeing my efforts pay off today made me forget most of the distress I went through the rest of the semester. While the presentation may have not gone all according to plan and our product still seemed to be a bit lackluster as it was lacking on many different things, I still feel as if I have successfully made something that helped someone out.
And, I guess that’s my general experience with PPAT. Rough and shaky start, but a satisfying ending that I truly feel was worth it and I fortunate to be a part of.