Entries from March 2010 ↓

Personal update: putting new hats on

A while back I made kind of a big deal about getting back into the technical arena and putting away my manager hat.

Fortunately, I didn’t toss it too far aside.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in almost 15 years at EMC it’s that change isn’t disruptive to the status quo, it is the status quo.

Everything I said I was doing before, I’m still doing.  I’m wearing a lot of hats right now.  My small development team has grown as it takes on more responsibility, and I find myself playing the roles of Scrum Master, Technical Lead, and Development Manager.  Somewhere in all that I’m trying to individually contribute technically as well, but that is at the bottom of the list.

The other thing that keeps falling off the list is contributing to “the conversation” (both internally at EMC and externally on twitter and in people’s blogs).  I’m afraid that is going to be an uncomfortable reality while I try to wrap my arms around all these roles and make sure my own commitments aren’t being missed. Try not to do too much without me :).

It’s a great place to be, in the thick of the action, surrounded by good people.  I’m never bored, I’ll say that much!

iWorry about our progammers

My first desktop PC didn’t much resemble the PCs of today.  It was a TRS-80 Color Computer II, with 16K of RAM, a single cartridge slot, and two joystick ports.  If you’re like me, you also had a computer like this one — maybe a TI-99/4A, a Commodore 64, or a PET.  Chances are, it booted into an interpreted BASIC command line prompt.  For many of us writing software today, our first experiments in software development came from looking at the prompt and wondering, “What can I do here?”

Me back in 1984 with my Commodore Vic 20
Creative Commons License photo credit: Extra Ketchup. This is not me … but it practically could be!

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