I struggled to come up with a more imaginative title for this post and I’m not very good at writing this sort of thing so you’ll have to bear with me.
After close to three years with the group my last week at Osmosoft has just drawn to a close. I’ve accepted a new position with the part of BT responsible for designing customer premises equipment (CPE) and the associated operational infrastructure, where I’ll be working on standards strategy and with a particular focus on open source software.
It was not an easy decision to leave Osmosoft but I’m reasonably confident that it was the right one. I’ve hugely enjoyed working as part of the team and consider myself extremely fortunate for having had the opportunity. I’ve learnt an awful lot, got to work alongside great and exceptionally smart people and been granted unprecedent freedom. The value of this last point must not be understated; in having the freedom to pursue objectives that I feel passionately about I believe it has resulted in a greater return for my employer and whilst, I can state categorically, leading to significantly increased employee satisfaction. Which has thus served to reaffirm my belief that micromanagement and restrictive corporate culture are poor strategies indeed, and that work/life balance is largely a nonsense and the secret to a happy life is simple: do something you love doing. This is of course much easier said than done, but here’s another clue: don’t look to the middleman. I recently came to realise that, with no exception, all of the most enjoyable jobs I’ve had came about through direct relationships and a mutual understanding. Let me me clear: I do not mean nepotism, but unmediated relationships that are based on reputation and visible demonstration. Whilst external recruitment agencies and internal functions may be neccessary for the time being, they tend to be far from effective. However, I digress and this is a whole other story.
So, all good things must come to an end? Well, not exactly. Whilst I look forward to this new challenge I very much doubt that I’ll cease to work with Osmosoft, and believe that simply the nature of the relationship will change. I plan to fully apply myself in this new role and my mind is already brimming with ideas, aspirations and grand plans. However, I know that I’ll remain in close contact with most if not all of the team, as has been the case with those who have left before me. My new role will see me continuing to work with the open source governance part of Osmosoft, I’ll continue to co-lead the Open Source Hardware User Group with Paul, I’m confident that opportunities for employing TiddlyWiki technology will arise and I’m hoping to soon start work on the TiddlyCubed project (subject to having free time of an evening/weekend).
I could go on (and on) but I wanted to try and keep the post reasonably short (and appear to have failed) – this is not an epilogue and instead simply marks a milestone in a continuum. If like me you are the curious sort or nostalgia is your one weakness you could read my (typically poorly written) account of my personal Osmoepoch, or if you’re terribly bored you could even digest the various ramblings on here which have attempted to provide an insight into a small selection of related preoccupations of the last three years. If you’re more the visual sort they say a picture is worth a thousand words (or in the case of this blog a far greater exponential).
So, a final thank you to those I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with at Osmosoft, and of course a special thanks to Jeremy for the opportunity. As to the future, more on that in future in posts.