I have a new job. For those of you that have been paying attention, I left my last job of 11 years, last year.

Part of the reason that I went to the bank was to try management. At my previous job, I had expressed interest, and it became very clear that I wasn’t ever going to get the opportunity. I was in a place with no real potential for movement into something different. So I left. For something different.

Management is a different animal from being an IC (Individual Contributor). You are now responsible for what everyone else does, and you really don’t have any power to make things happen. They tell you that you do, but really you don’t. Its a lot of going to meetings and explaining why you can’t do any more with what you have. And then trying to get your team to produce more because someone didn’t like your reasoning.

So, I’m changing jobs again. This time I am getting out of banking and financial services. I’m going back to my roots. I’m returning to Kroger after many years. Last time I worked for them I was running a register and stocking shelves. Now, I’m doing technical architecture. And with technologies that I haven’t worked with before. So, I get to be technical again (jumping for joy) and I get to learn a bunch of new stuff. I’m loving life.

I start next week. I think that at some point in the not-too-distant future, I’m going to be back in the store. They have a program where you work in the store for a week. Part of my job is the systems in the stores, so I figured it would make sense to actually see what they do, what works, what doesn’t, etc. You’d be amazed at the number of developers that don’t think its important to figure out the problem that is being solved before building the “best software ever”.

10 thoughts on “News”

  1. Hehehe.. management SUCKS! G told me last week that this was a wonderfully exciting move… and the funny thing is, I heard about it through Ian before either of you 😉 I’m so happy to hear that you landed something that sounds like so much fun!

  2. Sounds like a good choice for you – Great News! And, you KNOW you’ll be popular if you actually “test drive” what you create to be sure it works in real life.

    So, when ya planning to come and visit?

  3. good luck with the new job! i ran into one of your former employees at a birthday dinner a couple of weeks ago. i had no idea you worked with him! gosh, cincinnati is so small.

  4. Thanks.

    He mentioned that he ran into you. We figured out a few months ago that we both knew you. We thought it was kind of weird. It is a small town.

  5. jim’s awesome. i met him through my old roommate, lisa, who worked with him at the bank.

    and yeah, sometimes cincinnati is small in a good way. and then other times, not so much. not in this case, definitely, but you know what i mean. 😉

  6. Ack, I don’t think I have your email anymore. All was lost in the great job lose. I stored too much stuff on my computer at work. BUt since I emailed most people from there, it is understandable.

    my email at home, tina at blakrose dot com.

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