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I'm a software task manager, formerly a software engineer. My career has been the unity of digital security, Java Enterprise development, and being a system-level thinker. I'm a jack of all trades, master of none. My strongest skill is communication.

These days, my main goals are making the right big picture choices for my team, building a solid team of great engineers, and making sure that the rest of the world leaves them alone long enough to get good things done.

When I'm not doing software stuff, I study medieval India, study dance, and work in the Burlesque scene.

I'm currently an Engineering Manager at Akamai - I have to admit, it's simply cool to finally work in a company with a real social media policy that will let me be public about where I work! But all views expressed on this or any site by me are my own, for better or worse.


Feb
21
answered Two internships at the same time — good or bad?
Feb
15
answered How should I manage a team with different skill levels?
Feb
15
answered How to explain to a non-technical person why the task will take much longer than they think?
Feb
8
comment Software Developer Interview Question - Fair or Unfair
Adding one more - whether they described the job title accurately or not, chances are good that these questions reflect the reality of what the people they are hiring need to know. Saying, in effect "what you want to know isn't important" suggests the potential new hire doesn't get that this is part of the job.
Feb
8
answered Programmer performance : based on location, timings
Jan
18
awarded  Editor
Jan
18
revised What is the main job of a team leader?
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Jan
18
answered What is the main job of a team leader?
Jan
14
answered How does a government development shop transition to developing open source solutions?
Jan
14
answered What kind of innovative non-cash financial benefits do I offer to my developers to retain them along with a competitive salary?
Jan
10
awarded  Critic
Jan
10
comment How to persuade programmers to follow the basic rules
My favorite example is consistent test environment setup. I didn't HAVE to enforce a Right Way. I had a guy in charge of the install document. I said - "it's all you- you can do whatever it takes to make an install mechanism that ensures consistent install - everyone is empowered to bug you if the install is messed up". In less than a month we had a solid tool and a very short document. And the tool was installed as a short cut on every desktop. I didn't need enforcement, proper installation was already the path of least resistance. Now our goal is to remove the shortcut, making it automated.
Jan
7
answered What subject do you discuss with your manager during a one-on-one?
Dec
30
awarded  Teacher
Dec
30
answered How to persuade programmers to follow the basic rules
Dec
30
awarded  Autobiographer
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30
awarded  Supporter
Apr
22
answered What should every programmer know?