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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.


Jul
20
comment Interview: Review another developer's code
Love the answer. One addition - keep an eye out for how this candidate's code differs from what similar code might be in your company. A big point will be seeing if the candidate can successfully make the transition to your group, so if you see things done differently, it isn't wrong, but the question becomes "why?" and "will change to a new way of doing things be trivial or difficult?"
Jul
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
18
comment Handling Coding Standards at Work (I'm not the boss)
I love the idea of starting among those who agree! I'd add to it that the easier you make it to find and follow standards, the more likely it is that people will do so - make sure that if you have IDE formatting tools, the setup instructions and any config files are easy to find and the install is documented well.
Jul
18
comment Company Size and Career development
I've seen a large company turn down a small company person, but often the "cultural" issues I've seen have been things like "this person does not seem like they will respect or follow our process or procedure because they are used to having more freedom" - in those cases, I think the reaction has been justified, since the interview indicated a lack of interest or willingness to abide by painful big company procedure stuff... A similar candidate who showed different attitudes would not have had the same problems - IMO.
Jul
18
answered Company Size and Career development
Jul
15
revised Overwhelmed at Internship
added 4 characters in body
Jul
15
awarded  Great Answer
Jul
15
awarded  Guru
Jul
14
comment I'm a manager. How can I improve work relationships and communication with programmers?
Thanks gang! I can't say how nice it is to see comments like these! It keeps me writing! :)
Jul
14
awarded  Good Answer
Jul
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
14
answered I'm a manager. How can I improve work relationships and communication with programmers?
Jul
12
answered What problem does automated user interface testing solve?
Jul
10
awarded  Necromancer
Jul
7
answered Is Displaying Degree In Office Appropriate?
Jul
7
comment Is Displaying Degree In Office Appropriate?
"mind you, their work area is constructed of partition walls instead of drywall, but I don't think this is the deciding factor, but may be" - this gave me a chuckle... this is exactly why I didn't hang my company-given plaque on my cube wall for many years... I literally couldn't figure out how! After all, I'm a SW developer, not an architect! :)
Jul
7
answered What is the typical workday in the life of a junior programmer?
Jul
7
comment New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer
No... no! The next bullet is "create villainous lair", followed by "capture hero", and "explain devious plan to hero".
Jul
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Jul
6
answered New Team Lead - How to deal with a resentful former peer