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07 August 2002 @ 09:24 am
lazy boy...  
so the last couple of evenings ive been spending quietly... some reading (interesting to read about management styles and comparing them to what i am encountering here at Cisco), some movie watching, some Buffy watching, some cooking (tried out Em's Eggs Benedict recipe.. dont have her touch yet but man are they good..:>... also a new recipe for Spring Rolls... they came out real well..:>) and some thinking (need to figure out details for rearchitecting stuff... im coming to the conclusion that i may have less to redo and more to cut out.. the prototype is a bit heavy)

at work i turned down a new job position. it was a position within the UE (User Experience) group... they are a group whose mission is to expand Cisco's awareness of user-centric (task-centric) design. though the opportunity would be interesting (i would also be spending more time traveling as the manager is out in San Jose) i decided that careerwise i would prefer to own a product .. product manager or lead.. rather than be an advisor to a product or products. at heart im an engineer. i may regret this decision later when the GM comes back and i find that the management here becomes more and more authoritarian... but i always have the option to leave.

these quiet days are nice..;>
Current Mood: calmcalm
Current Music: Apoptygma Berzerk - Kathy's Song (Beborn Beton RMX)
Dominique: panda_bookgraphxgirl on August 7th, 2002 02:38 pm (UTC)
i too have thought about gearing my career more towards management. first of all, i have learned a lot of how NOT to manage a team and outside clients through experience and observation. and i'm a people person, and embody the necessary characteristics for good management. but alas, in my current position, that would pretty much take me away from what it is that i am at heart. a designer.

perhaps in the future when i've another 8 yrs or so of experience, i'll qualify to be a design director (usually 15 yrs. of production design are required)...and then i'll be in a position of "authority" and still be able to do design work.

would the new position not allow you to integrate engineering and management?
Braxanabraxana on August 7th, 2002 03:57 pm (UTC)
the position was a lateral move.. it would allow me to increase my accumen in politics and user design, but it would entail at least another 2 years before i could move up. at least in the development area i can move up faster as well as develop more marketable skills.