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To begin with, I have not thought this whole thing through. Then again in an age where impulsivenss is not only encouraged but often heavily rewarded I am merely playing by the rules. I just set this blog up in five minutes and started typing. Just add water.

This is ECM Missives. One of many places in the blogosphere where I can present insights and, with a little luck, others can benefit (or at least relate) from the wisdom of this software professional’s (in)experience and (mis)adventures.

The state of ECM. It is such a big place. ECM continues to both thrive and wither at the same time. It can be a harsh world at times. A world where experience and skills are being built up and eroded all at once and your greatest career acheivement becomes a distant memory within months.

You look around in your work environment (or virtual environment if you telecommute) and observe ridiculous (to you) activities going on and bad decisions (ditto) being made all around. You think to yourself, “How the hell did this company get this far? We’re screwed.” Yet somehow things progress, stuff gets handled. The sin of it all is that most of the attention is given to the urgent and not the important.

As an industry we are getting better but the truth is that it is dangerously painful at times and everyone in it bears at least a couple scars. Though as I often tell my children, “If you don’t have any bruises, you’re not having any fun.”

In Spring 2009 the economy is still a broken body stitching itself back together. Things are stagnant and software people (like  most others) are locked in a game of Russian Roulette– their employers holding the revolver and spinning the cylinder. As software product teams thin out the ranks important new product features are delayed, put in limbo or outright eliminated from the product roadmap. This makes life harder for sales and angers the customers. They don’t like being told “No” or “later”. They don’t even like being told “perhaps” and even “coming soon” starts to wear thin.

Things will change. In software–especially in software–they always do.

That’s my intro post for now. Nothing spectacular. Of course, more to come.


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