I know that I don’t exactly have a bunch of followers in this world, and I’m okay with that. At the end of the day, I am validated by my ability to solve problems and support my team effectively and quickly rather than how many people read this statement.
Basically, I haven’t posted anything in a few years for two reasons, firstly, and most importantly, my wife and I have started our family and I am fully dedicated to being the best husband and father that I can be. Writing things on my personal website doesn’t usually register particularly high on my daily to-do list as my team to effectively support at home grows larger! Secondly, I have been very focused on transitioning my career…
I have now been the Director of Application Development at the National Restaurant Association for over two and a half years. This job is exactly what I was looking for as I moved out of coding daily and into management and for the most part, my job experience has been tremendous (more on that later). But transforming myself into a competent manager who is still able to code and support systems has been a rewarding and exhausting effort. That also has left little time as I strive to be the best I can be for my team’s sake.
I have thought a lot about this and I will be renaming my site from Exploits of a Coder to Exploits of a Reformed Coder. The reformed speaks to how I believe that I have come into my own as a manager and as someone who can speak on behalf of the technical team as well as thinking bigger than any particular problem and to the enterprise architecture as a whole in order to guide decisions. I am open to other naming suggestions and I intend to extrapolate on my visions that have clarified in recent years as I progress in my career.