10 bucks for a fucked up duck

Had two interesting meetings today. Met with a friend of mine for lunch. Talked about his company and the things he’s doing there. Was really hoping he was gonna say, “we need web and system architects like white people need rhythm.” and actually he did say something like that, unfortunately he’s fighting the good fight, largely alone at the moment. The culture over there is very, “my department, my empire.” no one wants a group that is above that that doesn’t care about what group wants to hord what dominion on a technology. Sad since they are still small and growing. Hopefully he’s able to change opinions over there.

THe upside was we talked about work stuff, so he paid for lunch to expense it :) Free ninety nine can’t beat that.

Had to rush back to lunch to meet with one of our head guys. He was running late as expected so I was able to sit and read a few emails (mine not shis, duh). This was a follow up meeting to talk about where I am heading in the company. Which is still no where. On the plus side he’s very open to getting me some more exposure to other technologies, helping me round out my toolbox and all that. Unfortunately patience is a virtue I often lack. I’ve got to work on that I know.

The meeting went mostly well. I feel better knowing that there is at least a plan, to have a plan. Some direction, even vague one is better than none. I’m keeping my feelers out, just the same. Signed up for some leadership classes. UCI has a software architecture certificate program, might try to get in on that. Really trying to bide my time. Company is paying for Java training so that’s nice. Flex training is coming soon.

I’m still hoping Scotty can make something happen in his neck of the woods. Their being smaller will let me grow more I think, but we’ll see.

In the mean time…

Does anyone else think ClearCase and Clearquest aren’t the greatest thing since sliced bread that everyone makes them out to be? My god those two tools suck!