A New Direction

As part of my vacation, I got to tour the Microsoft campus. I’ve written about this before, and I am still amazed at it’s beauty, function and generosity of service. Seriously, free coffee, tea, soda and milk? Healthy and cheap snacks? I’m sold!

More importantly though, I got to learn more about programming and application developement. My friend Sandy quickly summarized the difference between testing, developement and project management. I’ve know about the delegation of duties, but Sandy made them crystal clear. This quick summary helped me figure out exactly what I want from DePaul. I want to develop the skills to be a project manager.

I think it’s something I can do. Coding may not be my strong suit. Testing is not something I want to do full time. And yet, I think I can learn enough code to guide a project. I know I respond well to honest and direct feed back. I also have developed a skill set where I can work with damn near anybody. So I think this is what I need to focus on for DePaul.

4 thoughts on “A New Direction

  1. I test sw for a living…never believe what those developers say about us!! 😉

    In all seriousness, feel free to e-mail me about the software development world. And project managers rock…the only downside is when upper management has unrealistic expectations (when a person runs into politics). And congrats on taking a different direction.

  2. Mr. Man, project managers are in high demand in California, if my brother can be believed. The Dark Man would be pretty good at this as well due to his ability to speak with both programmers and, er, non-programmers. There’s the language of the individual departments and the language of the facilitator. If you can speak both, you’re set.

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