Developer to manager and back again.

by Curt 10. January 2010 07:50

You're done trying to control the chaos and you want your old development job back.  You're fed up with the endless stream of feature creep and politically motivated deadlines.  The hands on technical work that got you out of bed in the morning has been replaced with managing others to do that work.


Don't be rash


For the moment, hold off marching into your manager's office and requesting that you be 'unmade' a project manager.  Consider the rationale for your decision.  Make sure you not overreacting to something bad that just happened.


  • Did you miss a major milestone?
  • Did you make a bad call?
  • Did a key team member leave and cite you as the reason?


Events like this are painful, but they shape you into a better project manager.  They'll force you to do things differently and provide you with the best learning experience.


“I'm not being rash, I want out...”


Alright, perhaps your justifications are not related to one of the fires you couldn't put out. You feel that you have legitimate gripes about the core responsibilities of being a project manager.

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Career | Development | Management

A manager’s primer to using Silverlight 3.0 for LOB applications

by Curt 20. December 2009 09:12

Let me guess… An excited developer just went on and on about this new technology, called Silverlight. "It's going to change the web and the world as we know it", they say. You've heard it all before, but you're definitely curious.

Since I know you'd rather not sift through pages of Microsoft documentation just to answer a few questions, I wrote this post to give you a quick primer.


The web is so nineties


I don't know about you, but I'm tired of hearing my users complain about the 'web experience'. Even though web applications have been around for some time, users are still unsatisfied with using the web for line of business applications. Have you ever heard things like?…


"My session timed out, but I was still typing" or…
"I'm in East Sasquatch and I can't use your web application" or…
"Why does the page refresh every time I click on something." or…
"Why can't it work like <insert off the shelf or client/server name here>."


Benefits for end users

The most notable advantage of Silverlight is how it completely changes the user experience of web-based applications.


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.NET | Development | Silverlight

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