Today was about taking steps right on through my own state of resistance. I was not in a passionate happy head space about my objective - not because the idea isn't exciting, but because I was feeling overwhelmed and overloaded by 6.5 straight hours of meetings, and the thought of working on this felt like just that - "work"; a dreaded four letter word.
However, re-reading the guide helped, and I pointed out to myself that it isn't that hard to just take tiny steps. They always add up later. I just used one of my favourite quotes from Alice...
"... thought Alice, and she went on. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don't much care where –" said Alice.
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go," said the Cat.
"– so long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation.
"Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."
...and got up on my hind feet and walked.
Solicited help from two people that work with other companies (but are familiar with the test methodology I use now) as to if / how they have changed the tool. Both of my previous co-workers were totally prompt about giving me feedback. One of them has actually modified the tool we use, so I give a cursory look to that and think there will be pieces there my staff can use; and the other (once prompted) gave me feedback about the one thing she likes in their new tool that our existing tool most likely does not have. Also, I sent on an email clarifying some of the requirements my team and I had generated for a colleague in France, which I think shows me places where we could use some word smithing to improve our clarity about what we really need / want from the tool.
Looking and typing up my status on this, actually lifts my spirits a bit. I think I do see / feel forward progress here, even though I was dreadfully resistant to starting that progress today. Hopefully tomorrow will be less hard to get around the inertia factor.