You’ve probably noticed over time that “talks shop” takes on a variety of meanings on this blog. I might talk about EMC, corporate life in general, high tech trends, or management. I occasionally mention software development, but it’s not a big focus here, even though that’s what my team does. Finally, I almost never talk about the products my team works on.
There might be some changes coming on some of those lines.
Today I officially enter a new role at EMC. I still work for the same team, doing Storage Resource Management for Ionix. But I’m stepping “sideways” into a Technical Lead role. The context of my day to day work will not change, but my focus is shifting more to the technical side, putting management of people to the side for now.
My journey from technical contributor to manager was a strange one, and my journey back to the other side of the fence was just as unusual. I won’t go into too many details but I will say this was something I’ve been debating for many long months, and when circumstances aligned and a clear need arose, I spoke with my management chain and we decided together the time was right to explore this path.
I am not walking away from management with any kind of finality. Who can say what will be happening in 3 years, never mind 30? But for now, my focus is going to shift, and you can expect I will be talking about some new topics here.
My focus on thriving in the 21st century workplace will not change, though, unless I find some topics which consistently move me as much as that topic does. But I’m sure the technical side of my life will bleed into here a bit. We’ll see how it goes. I hope you stick around and explore it with me.
Oh, and on a side note, if you’re a current ControlCenter customer and want to be sure your voice is heard in the next generation of EMC’s Storage Resource Management, make sure you’re part of the ControlCenter Online Community. I’d love to make advocating for your wishes part of my job description, and having your voices heard loud and clear makes that job much easier….