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June 23, 2003

Slight Shift in Responsibilities

Have spent a good deal of time lately thinking about my job and the responsibilities I gravitate towards. Over the past few months I have felt an increased level of interest in the future of our project, whereas before that I was fairly happy to sit at a desk and code libraries or interfaces. This has fundamentally changed how I perform, from coding to interacting with the developers/staff/faculty to system administration.

Not sure what brought this on. Maybe getting older and more experienced drives one to look for new challenges. The economy has made me look at a job in a different light and I think about being here at Tufts for a longer time which may spark interest in where we'll be in 5 or 10 years. I think part of it also is that over the course of the 2+ years I've been here I've gravitated into a leadership position. Not that I'm leading the team, but in some ways managing a lot of the technical aspects of the project.

Since we're rethinking the development team I took time to sit down and detail my responsibilities, highlighting areas I would like to develop. The director and I looked at them and tailored the job descriptions for the open positions to compliment the shift in my position.

Technically I'm still the Senior Programmer, but have been/am morphing into a technical lead, providing more technical management and direction than building the application.

In my mind a very exciting development.

Posted by mike at June 23, 2003 5:06 PM