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veen  ·  305 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 31, 2019

Had lunch with my colleague slash mentor yesterday. He’s one of the people I talked to while applying for my job, and he was the one who saw a lot of potential in me. After a decade plus of working at our company (which is a lot considering it’s technically only six years old and anyone over three years is effectively a veteran) he announced his resignation last week. It was an interesting conversation - on the one hand, we reflected on his work and time at the company, and on the other hand we discussed my future.

His chapter closing, a new chapter for me opening up. We finally found someone to join our team, which means that the extra load I’ve been under since February is finally coming to an end. The perfect moment to re-evaluate priorities. He sees a lot of potential for me to grow into what is effectively a product manager. I didn’t really know what that title meant until yesterday, but it almost perfectly matches what I feel I should be working on. What I think I can become great at if I give it my best shot. Even though I absolutely hate the word manager, I get excited by the skills described here and get excited at the prospect of developing along those axes.

In other news, my older sister is not just pregnant, but also getting married and her soon-to-be-husband is gonna take over his father’s farm. All in the next twelve or so months. Times, they are a changin’.

kingmudsy  ·  305 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Awesome that you'll get to work as a PM! Knowing what little I do about you, I think you'll be great - Having someone so thoughtful and well-spoken is going to be a huge relief to the devs you manage.

How do you feel about your colleague slash mentor leaving? It'd be hard for me, so I'm curious where your head's at

veen  ·  305 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Currently I don't manage many people, I mostly manage myself and do most of the dev work on my own. For example in the past three days, I've spent 70% of my time in either GIS or Python applications.

But I am definitely not super attached to that kind of work - if anyone else can do it, I'm fine with them doing it, as long as it's up to par. Part of this transition is (hopefully) moving closer to a role where I figure out and get to play with technology and datasets, and then surrounding myself with people who are much more eager and qualified to do the legwork.

My attitude towards him leaving is mostly that I embrace panta rhei, that the only constant is change. In my 18 months here I've seen my company grow by two dozen people and lose almost a dozen, on a company size that is now in the eighties. I'm happy for him, he seemed to be struggling to find his place for the past year. Wasn't that attached to him, but I do think I'll miss him.