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February 4, 2006

Leaving Tufts

At the end of February I will be leaving Tufts University. This past Thursday I sat down with my manager and gave my notice. It was a good conversation. Of course I was nervous going in but she was so respectful of my decision and understanding that people have to move on. Yes, Friday morning there seemed to be a bit of panic in the office (when I told the dev team), but I've been pretty active about making sure others were up to speed on things.

Tufts is a great place to work, the people I've worked with over the past five years are some of the brightest folks I know. I have accomplished a lot during that time, but more importantly I've learned a ton about software development, systems architecture, data modelling, database administration, using open source tools, working with folks from varied backgrounds to come to unified conclusions, managing developers, leadership, and the list goes on. It's only five years ago, but I feel like I hardly knew anything then compared to what I'm leaving with.

I'm glad to be leaving on good terms, and look forward to keeping in touch with folks. My new office is just a few stops on the train, and a healthy walk on a nice day (although most of my work will be from the home office). I hope that means lunches from time to time.

It's hard to imagine life without an active tie to Tufts, I'm sure I'll feel an empty spot for a long time. More to come about where I'm headed, and the cool experience of finding a place and position that's a good fit for me now.

Posted by mike at February 4, 2006 11:04 PM