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I briefly popped into liralen's journal and saw this. It's generally the sort of space I want to be in – planning out something in advance; gathering requirements. For the past few years, writing software has become a strain and a struggle. It's not fun anymore. A lot of the time, it's not even an intellectual challenge. It's mostly dealing with nasty politics, unreasonable deadlines, insufficient resources, etc. I feel like I expend lots of effort and get very little in return.

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ascendneworder
Feb. 9th, 2006 04:15 am (UTC)
Technical Architect or Systems Analyst or Business Analyst or even Project Manager would be some new roles to explore. Creation and being part of the beginning of the sdlc is more interesting.
gregbo
Feb. 9th, 2006 04:50 am (UTC)
Last time I was unemployed, I applied for some positions like this, but never heard back from anyone. These days, I think it is very difficult to get a position like this, unless you're already a very senior architect (or start your own business).
cellio
Feb. 9th, 2006 03:48 pm (UTC)
I was going to suggest project management too. Failing that, how are you with customer-facing stuff? Would product management have any appeal?
gregbo
Feb. 9th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
When I had to interact with customers (e.g. to resolve click fraud discrepancies), I think I did the right things, but since it wasn't formally a part of my job, I can't claim it as experience in the same way that someone whose job title/responsibilities reflects customer interaction.

In general, I think I will have problems finding management jobs because it's rarely been officially part of my responsibilities. I might've been promoted to a manager of developers of the web server log processing software at AV if it had not been for the takeover by Compaq and CMGI, which resulted in management changes. I was actually pulled out of operations and put in a different group. The last time I had anything that's really like management responsibilities was for a small project at SRI, but that was nearly 20 years ago and not in a commercial enterprise.
railmeat
Feb. 11th, 2006 04:58 am (UTC)
"It's mostly dealing with nasty politics, unreasonable deadlines, insufficient resources, etc." You mean there is another way? I am not sure I have had the privilege of working in that kind of place. Fortunately were I am at Yahoo! now I do not have to deal with politics. The resources are completely out of alignment with the expectations though.
gregbo
Feb. 12th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
That's unfortunate. The last time I talked to Y! people, they seemed to think they had all the resources they needed to do their jobs. (But it was mostly marketing people saying that.)
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