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How I went from "They'd be crazy to make me a manager" to a Manager 2015-04-17 04:26PM
Late 2012, my manager called me in for an impromptu one-on-one. I figured that he was probably going to yell at me for not spending enough time programming or something. Instead, he wanted to talk with me about where I could take my career. He suggested I consider the idea of management as a natural use for my skills. I went home and wrote in my private journal about how they'd be crazy to make me a manager.

A year and a half later, I became the manager of a team of software engineers, after feeling out what the other options were.
Talks 2015-04-17 04:24PM
Talks I've given and some resource pages associated with them
Hacks 2015-04-17 04:21PM
I am a professional programmer with years of experience. I've written fairly substantial portions of a number of products. Here are some of my more recreational projects...
I am a techie who has rejected the Cyberpunk revulsion with 'The Meat' 2014-11-21 04:59PM
If you look at the chart of the percentages of women in the CS program, there's a blip that starts in 1984 and continues to now, where women left the field in droves. I am starting to think that this wave, which I can probably consider myself a part of, was a larger change that started in the late 70s with the first personal computers in the house, the creation of cyberpunk so that we can ask questions about it in a literary fashion, the revolution of having normal people on the computer networks, and today. We were the first group of people who were really able to hack with computers on our own terms. I read Neuromancer in early grade school, and that was not really an appropriate age for me to have read it. But I was, albeit with my usual ability to not quite fit in anywhere, a larval geek who lived in a cocoon of hacker culture and cyberpunk books and the jargon file...
Illnesses of the non-visible sort 2014-11-14 04:42PM
Since Sept 19th or so, I've had a series of colds with a little bit of 'normal' time but then it comes back. This has meant some working from home and some times where I had conversations at work that I wasn't fully present for.
Fall Corporate Bike Forum 2014: Start Anywhere 2014-10-29 02:26PM
I wasn't born yet, but I tend to buy the argument that the 70s boom was largely to do with the boomers having disposable income, with the oil crisis being a minor side-attraction. The booms of the 80s and beyond were all about the pursuit of sport, not transportation. So, at least as the American cycling experience is concerned, we are in the midst of the first post-car bike boom that's really about transportation instead of sport... about taking the car-friendly landscape and turning it into a bike-friendly landscape.
Moving to a leadership role doesn't mean you won 2014-10-07 03:37AM
While I was in the midst of transitioning from a software developer to a manager of software development, I was sitting in a Belgian bar drinking beer with a British gentleman on vacation who managed hotels. And so we got to talking about what it meant to be the boss outside of considerations of programmers, programming languages, wait staff, and housekeepers. I asked him what would happen if he tried to hire someone who had never worked in a hotel to manage one and he explained the disaster that would be. It's pretty much the same disaster you get if you hire someone with no software experience ever to manage a team of software developers...
Copyright 2007, Ken Wronkiewicz
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