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The M Word

Back when I was a teenager working summer jobs at startup companies and corporate MIS departments (they called it "MIS" back in those days, when dinosaurs (OS/MVT; 8-bit micros) roamed the earth), I marvelled at tales of senior programmers (there were "system programmers" and "application programmers" and even "programmer/analysts", but we hadn't become "developers" or "engineers" yet) moving "up" to management later in their careers. What self-respecting geek, I wondered, would do such a thing? Who would ever give up the joy of writing code in order to push paper around?

Fast forward to now, and you guessed it -- I've been promoted to management. Much to the surprise of my teenage self (and if I could have ten minutes to talk to my teenage self, boy howdy would I ever have optimized my intervening years around a different set of assumptions), I really enjoy the management side of my job, almost as much as I love writing code. All of the crappy, annoying things that used to come down from management in previous jobs that made my life so miserable, I actually get to do right in my new job... and that's exciting.

So I've started blogging about it at http://susan-davis.blogspot.com (or susandavisblog). I've been really busy for the last month or two with planning and architecture for our project, but hopefully, things will calm down to normal now, and I'll actually have time to blog about things....



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Aug. 19th, 2007 02:54 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Promotion is always a wonderful thing.

FYI, I remember the days of yore with MIS. I graduated as a Systems Analyst and was hoping to become a Systems Analyst / Programmer. Odd that they consider the word developer so much easier to say...
Aug. 20th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC)

I've thought about taking a position in (lower-level) management, should the opportunity present itself. We'll see. I may look to move on elsewhere before that, too. But like you, I think I never imagined myself as management. I think that I avoided a business major for exactly that reason. But I've done work at my place of employment that's something of a stepping-stone to management, and I enjoy the mentoring aspect of it (gee...the educator tendencies coming out there, aren't they?), and so I'm thinking that I'd like to get into a management position where there are more opportunities for doing that mentoring.
Aug. 21st, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
just want to say...
i miss you terribly. will try to make it to equinox.
Aug. 22nd, 2007 11:55 pm (UTC)
Catching up
Wow Susan, it seems that since the move, you've gone from strength to strength. I've added your feed to my LJ list, 'cause I don't think you post much here any more.

Also, after speaking with catskillmarina, can I pick your brain about http://www.maetreum.org/ ? Best done by e-mail, I know, but I wasn't sure if you'd changed yours or not. Just e-mail me on gallae@powerband.net.au when you get the time.
*Email For You*
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