July 10, 2009 5:15 PM
I have decided to accept a Senior ALM Consultant position with the premier Australian consulting company, Readify.
It’s always a tough decision to move on from a company you’ve really enjoyed being at. I’ve really enjoyed the work that I have had the opportunity to do at Infragistics. There are so many really great people at Infragistics that I truly will miss working with and hope to see in the future. Some of my really good personal friends have been fellow colleagues at Infragistics which just shows you the type of culture that we have. I’ve had an amazing team that I’ve worked with as the Release Engineering Manager and they have been truly able to make a positive change for the organization. They’ve always been there to help make miracles and put in those really really long hours at release crunch time. So really, I need to tip my hat to each of them for just being awesome: Brian, Geoff, Kareen, and Jason.
I’m really excited about this new opportunity. I never would have thought in my wildest dreams that I’d be living abroad but the idea grew more and more on me as this opportunity came up. I hear Australia is a beautiful country with an amazing culture. I’m not currently planning for this to be a permanent move whatsoever but everyone I talk to about it says that I’m not going to want to come back! :)
I’ve heard about Readify for several years now as a Visual Studio Team System professional any time I hear about Australia & TFS/VSTS/ALM. I’m really looking forward being able to visit multiple customer sites again and coming up with solutions to their ALM problems. It’s been a while since I’ve been an ALM consultant so I’m looking forward to the variety. Even more, as an MVP I’m looking forward to a whole new set of venues to get involved with the community on a new continent. I think I’m going to have a busy schedule!
There are tons of different things for me to solve as an American citizen living abroad. It’s interesting that Grant Holliday just made the opposite move almost a year ago and I plan on doing the same thing as he has and try to write about the differences between the two countries. Hopefully you’ll find it as interesting as I did with Grant’s story.
I’m planning a really simple move: packing up a few suitcases of clothes and jumping on a plane. Hoping that works out well for me! :)
I have decided to continue working with Infragistics until the beginning of August to wrap things up and hopefully train my replacement. I guess the cat is out of the bag with the official job opening announcement on our website listed under Research & Development. That position is listed to be the back-fill headcount for my current position. Finally – I’d like to ask you to help us out: If you’ve heard about our TFS instance and VSTS implementation from some of my user group talks or the Radio TFS episode and are interested (or know someone awesome who might be) in continuing this exciting work, please let me know! You can send me a quick note to ed at infragistics dot com or use any of the contact links from my blog website.
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Ed Blankenship is a Product Manager at Microsoft for Visual Studio Online. I am an author of a few books, former Microsoft MVP of the Year, and former ALM consultant. I hold Office Hours each week if you are interested in chatting.
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