Who am I?

April 19th, 2009

"That’s a good problem to have".  "I’ll take that problem any day".

I’ve been hearing that a lot lately.  So apparently I’ve got a problem and it’s the good kind as opposed to the bad kind (I’m guessing things like hemorrhoids fall in the "bad problem" box).  So what’s my problem?  The IT consulting firm I work for (www.interworksinc.com) and the group I manage are growing very fast.  We’re not growing at a stupid fast rate that you heard about during the late 90’s boom, but a reasonable and rapid growth (some might call it responsible growth).  This growth might not be difficult to handle for a grizzled veteran with 30 years consulting and management experience, but for a somewhat inexperienced (but talented) management team, it can be a royal pain in the ass.

Building a fast growing company is exciting, challenging, and fun, which also happen to be the words you would find in 90% of the U.S. populations’ "Ideal Job Ad".  Many of us think we want that fun, exciting job, but on the other side of the "fun, exciting" coin is the fabulous "Good problem to have" side (aka the "Oh Sh-t" side) that you either forgot about or didn’t realize existed.  This blog will contain stories about my journey as an experienced software developer who quickly found himself managing a medium-sized software consulting group.   I will catalog both sides of the coin, discussing a wide range of topics including management, recruiting, software development, personal development (or lack thereof), motivations, frustrations, and probably some other -ions I’m forgetting.

By relaying my personal transformation from a developer into a manager and from a manager into a leader (work in progress), I hope to achieve one simple goal:

To connect with motivated individuals in a similar position or those striving to be in a management position

Through these connections we can elevate each other beyond our sole capabilities by offering advice and encouragement to one another.

PS.  I’m also going to throw in some random ass humor, book & product reviews, hobbies & interests, and personal life stories ("Do a keg stand, MA! w00t!")

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