I have 4+ years of experience as a software developer and have recently discovered an interest in Product work. I believe my technical background and communication skills make me an effective liaison between the technical folks (developers, etc.) and the business (users, stakeholders, etc.). I enjoy working with people to understand their goals and pain points and work together to implement solutions to build a better product that is intuitive and meets their needs.
Career Transition At the beginning of August this year, I made the transition to officially become a Product Owner at my current company. This led me to think about the software developer skills that I had gained and used for the previous 3-4 years. Just because I’m not performing software developer related tasks on a daily basis, and just because this isn’t my full-time role at this point in time, does that mean I’m not a software developer any longer?
With all of the heavy topics being posted about lately, I wanted to write about something a bit fun this week. I enjoy playing video games. I mostly play first player fantasy RPGs (i.e. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, etc.). I’m not sure if others also do this, but I tend to use online guides when I play video games. I enjoy a good story and exploring the worlds, but a lot of the games I play usually require many hours of level and skill grinding, extra missions, and such that are available outside of the main story.
There have been many folks posting recently around companies being compelled to let their employees work remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and how many of these employees self-report an increase in productivity and overall job satisfaction. This has got me thinking about a topic that really bugs me as it relates to the mindsets of many companies and leaders, specifically in America, today. One reason that many companies have been reluctant in the past to adopt a remote work policy and allow their employees to work from home (or from anywhere), comes down to the fact that leadership doesn’t trust their employees to be as productive at home as they are perceived to be when in the office - that they won’t get distracted by the TV, doing laundry, talking with neighbors, or any number of distractions that exist while working from home.
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Junior Developer Toolbox was a podcast about building, maintaining, and surviving a career in software engineering. We provided real talk from the trenches about everyday life as a junior developer. My friend, Dave Harned, and I were cohosts.
January 2018 - Present, Brentwood, TN
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August 2020 - Present
April 2019 - August 2020
January 2018 - April 2019
June 2017 - October 2017, Nashville, TN
InfoWorks is a software agency that provides analytics, management, and technology solutions to its clients.
August 2016 - April 2017, Nashville, TN
In the early 1970s by executive order, state computer functions were centralized into one division in the Department of Finance and Administration. Since then, Strategic Technology Solutions (formerly the Office for Information Resources), has served as the state’s central information processing organization and as a computer service bureau to state departments. -STS website