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Saturday, February 17, 2007

New Role: In the Trenches

So as the new year came round I start re-evaluating what it was I wanted to do at Yahoo! I have had an amazing 1.5 years here getting a chance to launch the public design pattern library, doing evangelism for Yahoo!, creating some components and working on some cool projects inside Yahoo!

As I looked at 2007 I could see that a number of opportunities still existed for me to go out and speak. In fact I had about a dozen events already in play through the middle of June.

Sometime last year I began helping (part-time) with technology and design consultation for a new Yahoo! site. I am not at liberty to announce the product at this time but at the first of the year I was offered the chance to become the engineering manager for this team. The product is an awesome idea and it promises to "do good" for our society. So with a passion for the goal, the product, the team and the challenges, it was a no-brainer for me to decide to step out of the evangelism role and take on the challege of putting into practice all the things I have been talking so much about. It's time to get in the trenches!

I am leaving a very talented evangelism team to join another extremely talented team that I feel honored to work with here in Sunnyvale. The current engineering team (in Bangalore) is doing an incredibly awesome job getting the first version of the product ready.

My management graciously offered (even encouraged) me to continue my speaking adventures. But I decided that in order to have sanity in my life and in order to do the best job for the product I would pull back from speaking and put my head down into this project. I subsequently canceled most of the events lined up and at this point I think I only have one event left to speak at this year.

I am considering taking the material from my talks and putting it into a book or ebook. But in the meanwhile I think the best thing is to start writing a series of blog posts that capture the current thinking I have on the topic of design patterns, principles and practices. Also I will be posting my RIA Best Practices talk from the Web Apps Conference in Monterey, CA on slideshare.

The other big news is Yahoo! was fortunate to have recruited Christian Crumlish as the new Yahoo! Design Pattern Curator. Watch the yuiblog and the ypatterns site for cool stuff coming out from Erin Malone & Christian!


Dion Almaer said...

Congrats on the new role.

I will miss you at the conferences though, and don't keep your head down so much that we don't see any interesting blogs from you.

Now I am out west I was hoping to be able to get together and chat shop :)



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Bill Scott said...

I am always looking for excuses to drop by for a free lunch at Google ;-)

Also, I will from time to time be at the WebGuild which is held at the Google campus...

Let's do catch up.

Maninder (Mandy) Singh said...

Best of luck on your new adventure. I work for this company called NetZero (from their Hyderabad, India office) and got talking about you while I was in the US - had an idea to get you down to the office which finally happened but I was out sick :( Next time when you are in India, maybe we could fly you down to HYD? :)


Bosky said...

Cheers ! all the best to you 8 ) ,and look for ward for more exciting announcements on your blog.

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