Thursday, February 22, 2007

Job Changes

I was promoted several months ago from being a developer to being a system analyst. I expected some changes to my routine but some things have kind of snuck up on me. Over the last few months I've spent a fairly large amount of time and effort in understanding systems and then helping people to see a bigger picture than just what they're working on. During this time I've done more testing of others' statements and methods than ever previously. I've helped others in their testing methods or, in some cases, refered vendors to their own documentation to refute directions they provided to us. I no longer write as much code and test it for bugs; my work now consists more of processes and reviewing larger systems than just my own. Its a nice divergence from what I've done for years but it caused me a bit of frustration feeling that others could be more responsible for themselves until I finally took the time to look back over what we've accomplished and realize the part I had to play was different and I feel that its part of the changed job responsibilities.

Just doing my stuff right isnt' the name of the game; seeing more of the big picture and helping others to see it, too, is what I'm working through now.

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