yes, ive made up another word to describe my odd position at my place of employment. the term “develogrammer” was the result of my distaste for the less fluid “provelloper” title i was given (along with another co-worker). Essentially, for some reason or another, it seems that there is a distinction between a programmer and a developer. At the same time, a developer wont ever be called a “programmer” by another programmer if all they do is develop (xhtml/css). But a programmer might be called a developer by either a programmer or a developer or a manger or…yeah, you get the point. Bottom line, it is my personal opinion that too many people are stuck in specialties and one of my strongest talents has been the ability to take on many skills and learn new ones quickly. Hence, the original term, “develogrammer” since i was a traditional XHTML/CSS developer who was taking on more and more programming tasks.
This week, I’m playing a new game…some project management. Mind you, I’m hardly a full blown PM, nor am i letting a little bit of responsibility go to my head…but while my boss is out of town handling some new business ventures, i’m handling a bunch of the projects that he normally would have been there to keep track of and let me…well…develogram. Needless to say, while extra responsiblity is always nice (and a great opportunity to prove myself some more), its stressful. Client interaction is different when its your own client, like when i freelance, versus a larger client for the company you work for…if you blow it with them, its a significantly bigger deal.
Today was the halfway point of my week, and so far its all been going really well. I kicked off the week by weighting my workload towards monday, leaving the latter part of the week for project maintainence and a large number of “changeorder” type tasks and some client interaction. If I get lucky, I might even find some time to put on my OTHER other hat and take care of some much needed IT tasks. code monkey needs a code monkey of his own.
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