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July 15, 2005

Goodbye Bruce

Today we said goodby to Bruce, a TUSK (Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase) developer. Bruce is starting law school at Boston University in the fall and is taking a month to do some traveling in Russia.

Bruce will be missed. He added a lot of technical expertise to our team. More than that, he had a way of asking the right questions and a great sense of how to approach a problem from the right angle to get to the heart of the issue. I will miss having him around to bounce ideas off, and will no doubt be in meetings where I will think "if only Bruce were here to shed some light on this conversation."

One thing that I've become more aware of while working with Bruce is that not doing things the right way the first time always ends in huge costs down the road. Not that I like doing things wrong, or incomplete, I just don't always see the larger picture and am not as good at anticipating future outcomes from current decisions.

In my mind, honoring Bruce and his time here at TUSK means being more committed to technical professionalism and going that extra length to make a project shine. I hope that will someday be said about my work here.

Posted by mike at July 15, 2005 5:28 PM