Dear Family, This Is What I Do

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Introduction

This post is for my mom, dad, & sister, and any other family or friends that find their way here. I have recently changed jobs, and my immediate family have all asked me, "why?" as well as, "what are you going to be doing?" In this short post, I will answer those questions.

What do you do?

I will begin with what I am. I am a software craftsman. You could call me a software engineer, a computer scientist, a developer or a coder. But I prefer software craftsman. It sounds funny, but it expresses my passion and my respect for my chosen industry and my fellow craftsmen. After all, engineers are obsessed with accuracy and attention to detail. Feel free to call me whatever you'd like to your friends and our extended family. Not being nerdy engineers, you are absolved of nerdy semantic obligations. What is it that I do, then?

All computers, and some humans, understand at least one programming language. Most computers, and some humans, understand multiple programming languages. There are many, many programming languages. If a computer and a human understand the same language they can speak to each other and do great things (aside from singing 99 Bottles of Beer). I intend to do great things! Previously, I have worked to do great things in the public and private sectors and in the defense and healthcare industries.

Why are you making a change?

Change is good.

I will grow from this change. I'm moving to a new industry, finding a new way of working, and discovering a lot of new technology.

I'm hungry for some risk

..and I'm in a good position to take one. Professionally, personally, and financially I believe I'm making the correct decision for me, right now.

What are you going to be doing?

As I mentioned earlier, great things!

I will continue to write software but now I will be focused on providing solutions in the world of customer relationship management (CRM) and software as a service (SaaS).

Learning

I'll be learning all about the world of software start up companies and venture capital.

Finding out more about myself

..by defining a new way to work, in a new environment, with new technology and new people.

That's it! Well, there's plenty more to it of course, but these are essentially my CliffsNotes edition. If you click through the links I've posted throughout this synopsis you can dig deeper and get more technical details on what I'll be doing on my new adventure!

Thank you, and I love you!