I don't think this week could have gone by any faster. If you don't already know, I recently accepted a position with Ritter Insurance Marketing as their Director of Software development. This is a huge responsibility and I am taking it very seriously. This is what I learned this week.
I happened to be in a lot of meetings this week. Hopefully I can tamper them down, but I'm sure it will take a bit of time to do that. I also have a new appreciation for meetings and the skills it takes to move them forward.
I may be long winded
As a developer working from home for the last several years, I didn't realize I can talk a bit longer than I need to. I should take a few seconds and think about what I'm going to say and shorten it.
Lot's of amazing people
I've long been a lone wolf. It is nice to actually work with other people, and it is an even greater pleasure to work with amazing people.
I want to code more
I only got to open up Visual Studio at the end of the week. Even though I have more responsibilities, I don't want that to be an excuse not to be a developer. I will do my best not to let my skills stagnate.
Teams are only as good as their communication. Lack of communication leads to a lot of developers sitting around getting disgruntled. Additionally, making sure the business can communicate with the developers leads to better products.
Time is on my side
As much as I want to jump in and do it all over night, I just can't. I need to take my time and get things right.
I'm not perfect
Yes, what a revelation, right?! I will make mistakes. I just have to accept that, but when I make a mistake I need to not make it again.
Overall, I enjoyed my first week. I still have a lot of room to grow and get better but I feel I mad a good first impression. I'm looking forward to starting next week strong and getting even more velocity. I want to personally thank my great team and the partners at Ritter Insurance Marketing for giving me this chance.