22 May 2001 technik
If you are part of the solution... You must be given
management responsibilities? Team reorganized and
I'm now in charge of platform and software infrastructure
for our products. I'm also accountable for three junior team members.
This should be interesting as we have all been a group of peers and they are
experienced programmers and I know very little- yet-
about the products on which they are working.
The decision by our V.P. had almost a perfect distribution of reactions
among the senior analysts: one happy (he has no supervisory responsibilities
and will shift focus as needed), two indifferent, one angry (no
new responsibilities). I'm disappointed that the last guy didn't get something
out of this and annoyed that he resents that I did. I didn't curry
favor or push for it. In any event, I now have more tasks than I know what to do
with. I'm not bored.
Composing part of a curriculum and syllabi for a Unix Certificate for
use at the public college where I'm an adjunct. It's clear that my intention in working on this-
to provide a solid, vendor-neutral basis centered on the more easily taught areas
of use and administration- is not the focus of the director of the institution who wants
it to lump everything Unix-related together and also to parallel every piece of
existing coursework including the RHCE courses, Sun training, and various bootcamps.
At least he's dropped the "instant expert" schemes but keeps conflating programming
under Unix with system administration and topics such as Apache and Java Servlets.