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It's been quite some time since I last got round to writing anything here; almost two months. Life has been fairly eventful in that short time. At least, work has.

During every performance review I've had since I joined Proxama, there's one goal I've consistently brought up: that I wanted to have more of an influence over the way we write and deliver software and the tools we use. That's the sort of thing I'm really interested in.

Having made it to head of the server delivery team, I had a good taste of the sort of oversight that I was looking for but a few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to take on a role that encompasses both server and mobile, development and QA so of course I jumped at the chance... and got it!

Naïvely, when I took on the role, I thought I'd be doing more of the same as I was before (a bit of line management, code reviews, shaping upcoming work, architecture, occasionally writing code), just with a larger team. This is turning out not to be the case but in quite a positive way - so far, at least. I feel as though I now have the opportunity to sit a little further back, get some thinking time, and right a few wrongs that have built up over the years. Whether I'm achieving that remains to be seen ;)

Another thought that occurred to me the other day is that way back when I was at school, I never really imagined I'd end up in a technical role. I always imagined I'd either be a maths teacher or that I'd be a writer or editor for a newspaper or magazine. I'm finding out that my new job at Proxama requires me to write quite a lot of papers on various technical subjects. Double win.

In short, I'm enjoying some of my days more, trying very hard (and sometimes failing) not to worry about the details, focus on the bigger picture and trust that the other things will fall in to place (and sort it out where they don't). Is this what it's like going "post technical"? I'm slightly worried I'll forget how to code if I don't do a bit more of it.

Today, I spent a very, very long time fighting Jira. That wasn't fun.

Note to self: book some time in to write some code.

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