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Moving On

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The latest in my not-exactly-daily news and commentary…

As of December 10th, I will be leaving Totality Corporation. It has been a challenge and an education. It has also been an interesting time, as we uncovered the hidden linkages from daily activities to ultimate profitability. The managed service provider space is still new enough that the business models are not all so well-defined and understood as in consulting. I earnestly hope that I am leaving Totality in a much better place than it was when I joined.

Still, a number of positive attractions to the new position and some negative forces away from my current position have overcome inertia.

I will be joining Advanced Technologies Integration as a consultant. I will be forming a team with Kyle Larson, Dale Schumacher, and Dion Stewart to do a development project for one of ATI’s clients. The project itself has some moderately interesting requirements… it’s not just another random commerce site. (I’m really, really bored with shopping carts!) The thing that really attracted me though, is that this is a hardcore agile methods project. We’ll be using a combination of Scrum and XP.

For a long time, I’ve advocated small teams of highly skilled developers. I have seen such teams produce many times the business value (and ROI) of the typical team. ATI and this client are willing to subscribe to the theory that a small, high-caliber team will outperform an army of cheap morons.

It’s going to be a blast proving them right!