22 May 2001 technik   » (Journeyer)

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.

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