Who I Am (Careerwise)

I was recently asked to write a few sentences about myself for submission with my CV to a potential client it seems appropriate to repost that info here:

I love technology and I love working with people.  My entire career has been driven by the desire to have technology make peoples lives better, technology should do the drudge work so people can do the thinking.  Prior to getting my Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science the Navy taught me to operate a nuclear reactor.  One of the most important aspects about operating a nuclear reactor is being able to troubleshoot and repair the system in an emergency.  To do that effectively you have to have instrumentation, that is measurements/data, and you have to understand what all those measurements mean.  This early experience has guided my designs throughout my career.  On any engagement I do what the Navy taught me to do, understand the system end to end.  Then when given an opportunity to design or alter an existing design I make sure that the system captures the data necessary for us to monitor and troubleshoot it.  Where ever feasible I simplify (See the principles behind the Agile Manifesto) but from the end to end perspective.  Many times a well meaning “simplification” in one area or subsystem kills the total effectiveness of the system.  Without a macroscopic view competing and conflicting good deeds can drag an initiative to its knees.

 The other major factor in any endeavor that takes more than one or two people is the interaction and cooperation of people in teams.  Since 1994 I have spent a significant amount of resources developing my capacity to interact powerfully with people, one on one and as a presenter at the front of the room.  I continue to develop my skills by attending seminars as well as reading and being inspired by some of the best leaders in the field. At the moment I’m very excited about Tribal Leadership – Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King & Halee Fischer-Wright.