In late 2003, my wife Paula and I decided it was time for a change of lifestyle, and we started looking for options to live overseas. After exploring a few different paths, I ended up receiving an offer to join the patterns & practices team as a Product Manager to drive some new initiatives called Enterprise Library and something that ultimately became the Guidance Automation Toolkit. So at the start of 2004 we packed up our things and moved from Canberra to the Seattle area. While changing cities, countries and jobs is a lot to deal with, the last 3 years have been incredibly rewarding, not just because I have a mega-cool job in a great team, but because it has exposed us to a different culture and new experiences.
However it's now time for us to go home. Much as we've loved living here, we feel we've checked off the most important things we wanted to achieve from a work and personal perspective, and we're very much looking forward to coming back to our family, friends, a more familiar culture, and a little bit more sunshine :-). So next week I will be leaving Redmond and the p&p team, and moving back to Sydney. I will be staying with Microsoft, and I'll be working as an architect on customer projects at Microsoft's Solution Development Centre. I'll tell you more about this role and team once I start and really know what I've gotten myself into.
The hardest part of this move will be leaving the p&p team. I feel enormously fortunate and proud to have been able to work with such a talented group of people on projects that impact so many developers around the world. It's also been incredible to be able to work so closely with so many customers, and I want to thank all of you for supporting p&p, whether it's been through using our deliverables, participating in communities, blogging and presenting on our deliverables, or providing us with feedback, both good and bad.
Still one thing that makes it easier to go is the knowledge that the team is in good hands. In the Product Management group, we have Don Smith looking after the web services and integration deliverables, and Glenn Block looking after the client deliverables. We also have two more people about to join the team to look after shared components (including Enterprise Library) and MSF - although I'll wait for them to start and introduce themselves so I don't steal their thunder. And while most of you may not know this, we've always had Shaun Hayes doing great work behind the scenes to keep the whole Product Management team headed in the right direction. In addition we've got a great mix of new faces and old hands in the development, test, architecture, program management, documentation and management teams - so I have no doubts that the team will continue to go from strength to strength.
Before you delete me from your list of RSS feeds: while I can't possibly predict exactly how things will turn out during this next phase of my life, there are a few things which I think are pretty safe bets:
- I'll continue blogging on technology and patterns & practices, with more of a slant on real world experiences
- I'll keep participating in the p&p communities, especially around Enterprise Library and the new EntLib Contrib
- I'll keep in touch with the p&p team, and do my best to provide real world feedback that will result in even better deliverables
- Enterprise Library 4.0 will be the best release yet, with new people injecting some great new ideas
Thanks again to all of you, both inside and outside the team - it's been an absolute pleasure working with you, and I look forward to continuing to work with all of you in one way or another.