16th March, 2007

The Challenge

Filed under: General,python — admin @ 8:48 am

So, its official (see the announcement for the 13th of March, 2007). I’ve given up the cosy world of consulting for the hustle and bustle of a real job.

I’m now the software services manager at CommSecure. I should take this opportunity to echo the bloggers motto – the words published here are entirely my own and do not represent the views of my employer.

Its a bit of change for me because I’ll no longer be working with ERP systems but rather looking after the team that write and support the systems that sit at the very core of the company’s operations. Not only that but its a technology shift as well. Away from enterprise technologies like Oracle, Java, .Net, and the like and towards the brave new world of Linux, PostreSQL and Python. The team at CommSecure is one of the biggest concentrations of Python developers in this part of the world and that was, if I’m honest, a significant attraction of this new role.

Sadly I won’t be very hands on, not unless things get really hairy. So whilst I may mention the technologies in use at work here in passing most of my focus is going to be on the transition from managing people for the duration of a project to managing a team of people (and the associated projects) on a more permanent basis.

Its a big challenge for me, and the first few days have illustrated how big, but I’m looking forward to it.

16 Comments

  1. Congratulations. Managing developers, welcome to my world, I am sure we will have some more interesting “war” stories to share.

    “The team at CommSecure is one of the biggest concentrations of Python developers in this part of the world” – so you will be making attendance at Sydney Python meetings (http://sypy.org), an important kpi for them?

    Comment by Mark Rees — 16/03/2007 @ 9:55 am

  2. Congratulations. Managing developers, welcome to my world, I am sure we will have some more interesting “war” stories to share.

    “The team at CommSecure is one of the biggest concentrations of Python developers in this part of the world” – so you will be making attendance at Sydney Python meetings (http://sypy.org), an important kpi for them?

    Comment by Mark Rees — 16/03/2007 @ 9:55 am

  3. At last! Here’s hoping everything will go well in the new job.
    I’m into my first month of the new job as well, managing a dba team.
    Good fun. And an extreme challenge: much less technical, much more paperwork…

    Comment by Noons — 16/03/2007 @ 11:25 am

  4. At last! Here’s hoping everything will go well in the new job.
    I’m into my first month of the new job as well, managing a dba team.
    Good fun. And an extreme challenge: much less technical, much more paperwork…

    Comment by Noons — 16/03/2007 @ 11:25 am

  5. Congrats, Andy!

    Comment by Richard — 16/03/2007 @ 2:00 pm

  6. Congrats, Andy!

    Comment by Richard — 16/03/2007 @ 2:00 pm

  7. [...] I started my new job this week. Details are on my other blog here. That will have to do for now. I’m too tired after a week of information overload. [...]

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  8. [...] I started my new job this week. Details are on my other blog here. That will have to do for now. I’m too tired after a week of information overload. [...]

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  9. Interesting.

    I assume by “this part of the world” you mean the suburb CMS is in? There are 14 full-time python programmers in my staff, plus some contractors and part-timers…

    Python is a lot more common than your Founder would believe these days.

    Comment by Stephen — 20/03/2007 @ 1:31 pm

  10. Interesting.

    I assume by “this part of the world” you mean the suburb CMS is in? There are 14 full-time python programmers in my staff, plus some contractors and part-timers…

    Python is a lot more common than your Founder would believe these days.

    Comment by Stephen — 20/03/2007 @ 1:31 pm

  11. Wow nice flaming there Stephen, reminds me of the old CommSecure days when a different Stephen was there. Wait, hang on…

    Comment by Bowl guy — 20/06/2007 @ 3:35 pm

  12. Wow nice flaming there Stephen, reminds me of the old CommSecure days when a different Stephen was there. Wait, hang on…

    Comment by Bowl guy — 20/06/2007 @ 3:35 pm

  13. It took 3 months to come up with that reply? Man. Or, just waiting until nobody was looking? :)

    Comment by Stephen — 03/08/2007 @ 3:53 pm

  14. It took 3 months to come up with that reply? Man. Or, just waiting until nobody was looking? :)

    Comment by Stephen — 03/08/2007 @ 3:53 pm

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