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Staying Hands On

A while ago I’ve reached the point where getting into the production code and contributing has become almost impossible.  Part of it was because of the variety technologies that engineers in my organization have used, part of it was due to meetings and crazy schedule that I was subjected to when I reached Director level.

However, I still make it a point to get some coding done.  Why? I think part of it is because my family is in the medical field. Among doctors a person high up (at least while I was growing up) was a “chief surgeon” or someone who commanded a lot of respect for their “technical” knowledge.  It seemed like back in those days you couldn’t hide behind any excuses like “I am not nearly as smart as these guys”

How do I stay hands on?  First of all it’s all about making time.  Yes there are some meetings you have to say “no” to and there are some dinners and tech mixers that you have to skip.

Second is finding out bite size projects.  I am fortunate enough to work on a te…