I just got back from another great codemash v188.8.131.52 and thought I’d post a quick update. I am pretty active on twitter these days, and I know my profile points to this blog. My last entry was a few years ago so I figured it was time to knock of the dust!
Community wise I am still involved with the Northwest Ohio .NET User Group that I founded (nwnug). We’ve had a couple recent milestones- recently celebrated our 10 year anniversary (September 2011) and also are now an official non-profit org! Big thanks to Jason Follas for helping keep things running for the past several years. I am looking forward to another great year for our group and hope to see us continue doing awesome things and hosting great speakers.
I’ve been keeping pretty busy at work for the last few years- a lot of awesome, challenging opportunities! I am a Global Manager for First Solar (FSLR), a company that manufactures and installs solar panels. I manage a team of architects and developers where we utilize a variety of different platforms to deliver solutions: including SAP, SharePoint, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, BizTalk, and a lot of custom built .NET applications. The team is global and I enjoy working with such a diverse group. In addition to coming up with great solution architecture, applications, and delivering projects, a big passion mine has been driving the adoption of Agile. After 3 years of hard work I think we are running pretty well, though there is always room for improvement.
One of my resolutions this year is to increase my community involvement again. Admittedly it has taken a bit of a back seat over the past years- there are a lot of priorities to handle day to day, especially when you are working hard at life- job, family, and church in my case. But being involved in the community is an aspect of my life that has always helped encourage me to be passionate and the best at what I do. The personal relationships that you build and develop are great, and help make you strive to be greater. The focus of my job these days is less about writing code and more about soft skills. However, there is also that technical aspect that I never want to lose- it’s a part of me and part of what makes my job so much fun.
In other news, I started another blog last year about making the transition from a standard “PC” to a Macbook Pro and some of my adventures along the way. I write pretty regularly on this blog (ie, several posts a month) and it’s more of a hobby. Please check it out if you are interested!