Phew!  This week’s challenge went well…I didn’t win, but I also didn’t make any glaring mistakes.  Congratulations to Chris for the win!  He got a sweet prize which I’m totally jealous about – a new Xbox with Kinect.

The challenge itself was really fun but hard.  There were actually 2 components involved…1) They wanted to see the 4 of us contestants collaborate in a brainstorming session, and 2) Come up with a high level solution diagram for a fairly complicated ETL/BI problem.   I’ve had experience with working on ETL solutions, but not at the design/overview level.  I really want the folks from my job at QSP to look over the challenge when they post it.  I think they’ll get a kick out of it.

I was a little frustrated with myself today though…once we started brainstorming I started to diagram out all of the components of the challenge out on paper but I should have been working on the giant whiteboard they provided us.  Stacy did that though thankfully and the 4 of us were able to hammer out the details of the challenge together.  If she hadn’t I don’t think any of our presentations would have been as successful.

One thing I’m very thankful for is that all of us contestants have a  great group chemistry.  No one is acting like they have a big ego or causing difficulties amongst us.  It makes dealing with this whole situation a lot better.  Last night (after the challenge which shall not be named) we went out to grab groceries for a huge steak dinner we all cooked up back at the house.

Tonight we got tickets to go see a Seattle Sounders game which was great!  The crowd was insane…there was an entire section of the crowd which was going nuts the entire game, like you see at European soccer games.  I snapped a pic of the section...you can tell by all the giant flags they waved about.

 

Our next challenge involves something on the Seattle ferry…I’m not entirely sure what to expect but I imagine it will be harder than today…seems to be the trend.

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