Another way to get into projects - this is a little chip on
my shoulder, so stick with it - make use of managers. Not
all managers are bad, and some of us embrace Open Source,
even if we don't feel that our coding is good enough to
contribute in that line. And I, for one, am good at making
things happen, prioritising features, working to deadlines,
understanding the bigger picture, and negotiating with
people to get the boring stuff done, as well as the
interesting work. In fact, the role that was outlined for
the teacher/assistant professor was partly that of a
manager. Now, in some projects, you'll have a talented lead
developer who's quite capable of doing all of this, and may
even want to, but in others, you won't - so why not use
people who do this for a living? You'll find some older
thoughts in earlier diary entries. Give me a call if you
think I could help - before I call you (-;.
Apart from job woes (what should I be doing? how do I
convince people to use me better? etc.), and my exam (see
below), I've got a bunch of reading I'm really looking
forward to. A sociology book on trust, some p2p stuff, some
security stuff, and some general reading. It's going to be
great. Hopefully, I'll then be in a position to put a
littler more work into http://www.p2ptrust.org/.
DVD player turns up soon (I got bored of watching them on
my computer with DeCSS), having been sent back, and there
are a few films I haven't seen at all. I've also just
ordered Alan Partridge on DVD. It's going to be fantastic.
What have I been listening to? Kate Rigsby, Stereophonics
(Enough Imagination to Perform), Bach (Brandenburg), Stunt
(who's this by?).
Tomorrow is my "International Enterprise" MBA exam. I'm not
sure how I feel about it - I've spent this evening watching
some TV and turning to my notes from time to time, to remind
myself of something here or there. I don't think I'm going
to learn much more at this stage, and I think that I've got
a decent chance. My main problem is that for this course,
the markers really seem to want you to quote the names of
the people who thought up the concepts, whereas I'm much
happier applying the concepts: why should I tell you whose
they are, if I understand them and can use them? Exactly.