Martin Tithonium (tithonium) wrote,
Martin Tithonium

Voice Post: Changes

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“So, Maribou insists that I have to make a voice post, which is fine. I had a post to write about work, but I didn't know if I should post that to LiveJournal, or to my Amazon journal, and she says, well, do a voice post and then transcribe it to Amazon. So, I said, how about the other way around? So I wrote the post. It's up on Amazon. If you're subscribed to me, you can read it there. Otherwise, dig thru my LJ and you can find a link to it. Not to the post, but to my journal. Anyway. So, I'm going to read it to you.

The title is 'Changes'.

Hm. So, changes.

My team is changing departments. It's a sensible move. We'll be with other teams with the same overall goal: driving customers to the site, encouraging repeat visits, etc. So, that's fine. No real concerns there. It was actually somewhat expected, given rumours.

On the other hand, my manager is leaving to go run another team, working on creating tools to make front-end development better at Amazon. Sorta reviving a team that used to exist but hasn't for a while.
Now, this kinda sucks. I mean, I'm glad she's got this opportunity. I'm glad someone's going to be doing this; it's been /badly/ needed for a while.
But... I rather liked having E as a manager. I also value... stability in my management chain. I like the guy I'm going to be reporting to well enough, but he's going to have to hire someone to be my boss, and probably my boss's boss... and that's two new people I'm going to have to train how to manage me, and I can't honestly say I'm looking forward to that.

So, we'll see what happens.
Short term, nothing really changes. I've got my refactoring in progress, with /many/ things I want to get done. We've got our bugs and our features and our projects in the works, and I'm probably going to spend a lot more time than I have been trying to steer the priorities of those projects. I may also spend some time abusing the good nature of our platform team, getting some guerilla projects in.
Medium term, I think I'm going to take ownership of E's vision for Plogs, try to make sure it heads where we think it should head, provide an SDK we can be... not-ashamed of, make sure the platform is in a good place and easy for people to make more use of it. I've got some ideas in my head of things I'd like to see done with it, and I'll take that and the ideas other people have and start building the functionality we need to make them happen.
Long term, I don't know. I'm pretty happy with where I'm at at the moment. But management changes always carry a pretty heavy burden of uncertainty in terms of keeping-marty-happy. The track record isn't all good there. And hey, one of the things I've always kept on the edge of my plate is the whole making-my-job-easier thing. Maybe I'll go help E out for a while in the new team. Or, maybe I'll just lob the occasional tool over the wall and let them polish it off for the world.

Just make /damned/ sure they give me credit this time...”

Transcribed by: tithonium
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