My Gestalt

Understand the chaotic world by developing meaningful perception through the acquisition of seemingly disparate knowledge.

Collect information in large quantity with precise detail and connect the dots of meaning to form your own picture of the universe.

Act upon it

Knowledge and understanding without action is waste.

Be Grateful

Never underestimate the power of gratitude.

Charity

Forgiveness will make your heart happy. Forgiveness is not about someone deserving it, it's about healing your heart.

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Friday
May282010

Changing Directions… sort of.

I have been dark for a bit while I sorted out some things and I can now finally announce that I have made a pretty significant career move.

As of last week, I am now the Executive Principal Enterprise Architect at US Airways.


I wanted to be somewhere that I could focus what I do best and US Airways fit that bill perfectly.

I considered a few other outstanding companies but the roles I would have had there were different.

What I am doing at US Airways is focusing on the Development Process, this is something I have had great success with in the past for other companies. When I look back to what I was doing 5 years ago, I really enjoyed it more than what I have been doing since, so I am returning to that role.

Building Reference Architectures, talking to and learning from the best people in the industry, then sharing that with a pretty large development staff is something I enjoy immensely.

I look forward to what I will be doing here because it is rather challenging to take the system currently being used and design a way to improve it and carry that throughout the whole enterprise.

Delivering quality software is freaking hard. I don't mean it's just hard to write, there are thousands if not millions of brilliant developers who can accomplish that task. Making Software actually move from Business Idea to Dependable Application is something entirely different. Coordinating from Business Analyst to Project Management to Developers and Testers; then making that process repeatable throughout every project in an enterprise is even harder, that is my challenge.

Having been in the software development business for oh, about 25 years has led me to some pretty unique insights into what works and what doesn't. I have had the privilege to work with and learn from some of the smartest people in the business and I look forward applying that in a great enterprise.

I absolutely have some pet architectures that I am focusing on and some of that I will be able to move out into the Open Source world.

These are:

I also want to talk more about each of these, how they relate to each other and how to build projects with them all together.

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