Thursday, September 28, 2006

So I've Gone to the Dark Side...

Hello world galaxy far far away!

After 10+ years of writing code full time, I've gone to the Dark Side... I've made the move from developer to Program Manager (PM).

I can hear the gasps, shrieks of horror and plaintive wailing now.

So why did I cross over? I believe that to be a decent software architect, one must know how to be the ultimate customer advocate as well as lead the development team to build what the customer wants.

Becoming a PM is giving me this experience in spades. People are much more complicated than the ones and zeros I used to sequence just perfectly so I could keep my test counterparts happy.

So now, instead of writing code for a living, a large portion of my job consists of writing functional specifications from which other developers can write code. I guess I get to use those writing skills I learned in school after all. Mrs. Gastaldo and Mr. Thomas would be proud.

Call me Darth Spec.