One of my old professors used to say, “You know they are going to be a good developer because they were a musician first.” Huh? Are you saying you are a substandard developer if you don’t play a musical instrument? No! But there seems to be a correlation between playing a musical instrument and developing code. Let me explain. First, from my own experience in college having a degree in music business, I found that many “engineers” (not just software engineers but mechanical and electrical as well) would frequent the jazz halls and rehearsal studios throughout the college of music. And they were not just good… they were better than some of the actual music majors. Even back then, I had a theory that perhaps it was something in the brain or something about their personality or thought patterns that drove their ability to play an instrument. So, I could have just left it there and not given it another thought until… I attended my first FileMaker developers conference in the mid-90s. Ok, well not just the FileMaker conference, but more specifically the so-called “Jam Sessions” that were held in the evenings. Productive Computing would sponsor “Jam Sessions” whereby anyone […]
Elusive Moose founders Molly Connolly and Jason Mundok joined host Matt Navarre on a recent episode (#127) of FileMaker Talk, the premiere podcast for all topics around FileMaker development. The conversation focused on a recap Find Your Moose 2016: A Business Conference for Software Developers that was held in Chicago, IL on September 7 & 8, 2016. Check out the episode and visit FileMaker Talk for more!
After a few years as an in-house software developer, data manager, and technology trainer, I became a software consultant back in 2004. I took a job as a developer and trainer with an IT consulting company based in Philadelphia. In 2006, I became a fulltime project manager. The application development department of my company had just adopted a new methodology for managing our projects and it really clicked for me. After successfully managing a few of my own projects, I was offered a position to manage all of the department’s development projects—putting my technical career on hold for a while. Project manager was not a position that I sought and I hesitated to accept it at first, even though it was a natural fit for me. In order to grow both personally and professionally, it became an inevitable next step. In the years that followed, my team and I honed the new methodology we had learned to fit our specific environment and culture. By doing so, we dramatically improved our success rate. This success led to case studies, articles, white papers, and conference talks about how we did what we did. I cultivated a passion for managing projects, which helped […]
I started out my career as consultant at Ernst & Young in Washington, DC. When I was 25, I looked up the ladder and realized the only thing ahead of me was more late nights, more stress, and less time for the things I cared about. I packed up, spent some time dinging around Central America and grabbing odd but fantastic jobs (like working at the Olympics in Atlanta) before moving back to the Midwest. While looking for a “real job,” I started building custom databases and websites for companies and suddenly—unexpectedly—I built my own consulting company. Over the years, I spent time collaborating with other companies and started what grew to be a good sized business but once we reached a certain size and had created real business processes for all the work that was piling up, I suddenly found myself in a similar place as when I was 25 years old. I realized it wasn’t necessarily the work or the increased stress that was my biggest problem, it was the lack of freedom that weighed on me. I like starting things. I like being able to change my mind. I like having control to end a relationship with […]