I'm a technology executive and enterprise architect with 14+ years of diversified IT leadership, strategy, cloud transformation, delivery, and consulting experience. I've been married for 11 years and have two kids, Amelia (7) and Noah (3). I also speak regularly on leadership topics and recently started a podcast.
I've been writing this blog since 2010, focusing on the technical, life, and leadership issues I happen to be struggling with at the time.
I grew up as a traditional software engineer. I have a Masters Degree in Computer Science and spent the first chapter of my career heads-down writing code. Some of which you have used. During this time, my entire professional identity was tied to being a software craftsman. I thought I would write code forever.
Over time, I developed a passion for helping others develop in their craft. I learned that teams can accomplish far more than any individual, no matter how smart. Conversely, being part of a dysfunctional team leads to personal and professional misery. I want to spend my time building exceptional teams, at scale. This is where I derive the majority of my career passion and energy.
I believe strongly in a human-centric leadership approach. Very few initiatives fail because of a lack of aptitude. Rather, the people involved are not effectively mobilized to succeed. Building and cultivating strong teams, paired with effective relationship management and communication are the foundations of lasting success.
I've been extremely fortunate in my career to have world-class mentors and my goal is to share what I have learned with others with the hope that they derive some of the benefit I did over the last decade-and-a-half. Hopefully, you are one of them. I sincerely hope you find the information on this blog both interesting and useful. If you have any questions or would like to chat, feel free to contact me.
How I'm wired
When I started my career, I thought I was detail-oriented and introverted. After all, aren't all software developers? It turns out, I'm not detail-oriented at all and am quite extroverted. I didn't find this out until 7 years into my career. Looking back, not understating myself created tension in my professional and personal life that could have been avoided if I knew how I was wired.
Below is my HBDI Whole Brain Profile. It's not perfect, but gives a window into how I operate. You can get more details here if you are interested.
I started my career as a software engineer my senior year of college where I got an internship at L-3 Communications and stayed there for the next five years. Afterwards, I took a software engineering position Autonomy, a UK based company which HP later purchased and finally moved to Southwest Airlines as a contractor working on southwest.com before ending up at my current position at Pariveda Solutions.
Get In Touch
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Give Back, Become a Student Mentor
Software Engineering is a truly great profession. It is filled with passionate, intelligent, and hard working people from diverse backgrounds. Best of all, we get paid to do something we love, which is rare. For these reasons, I feel it is important to give back where I can to inspire others to meet their education and career goals.
One of my favorite ways to give back is to mentor students and young professionals. I enjoy giving advice and inspiring people to achieve their potential. Having a positive impact on someone's life is truly a great feeling, especially if you can help them avoid mistakes and pitfalls along their path to success.
Sound interesting? You can learn more here.
The content on this blog is mine. It does not represent my employer's view in any way.