May 7: Moving Sideways
- I moved to Singapore thinking it would be for a year or two at least and is now looking like it will be longer.
- I started my first role as a permanent employee of someone else's organisation for the first time in around 22 years. (This was the one that most blew away those who know me well!)
- I went back to being a Production DBA, having worked on general Oracle performance and development with dev teams over my 5 years of different contracts at UBS.
- Pretty soon, I was heading up the Level 3 Production DBA team and doing less and less technical work because of the long list of other things I had to take care of.
- I only did it out of necessity (it was what the organisation needed at the time) but I started finding myself enjoying those new things more than I expected.
My new job will be pretty wide-ranging and if I were to explain it completely it would not only be professionally inappropriate but I suspect aspects of it would convince people I've gone mad or am having a mid-life crisis! However, one aspect that actually drew me towards it and would send most of my peers running for the hills is that I will be a Situation Manager (one of a small team) on Major Incidents. In my most recent role, I found myself constantly helping with the incident management parts while the real DBAs did the work – each of us doing what we were best at. Imagine having that in your home at all hours of the day and night and yet Mads reaction was - 'you love doing that, don't you?'. Bless her
It turns out that I’m pretty OK at cajoling, organising and perhaps speaking slightly loudly at people during high pressure situations. Maybe it's growing up with an RAF Sergeant as a father or maybe, just maybe ...
I like to think of Mr. Wolf as the ultimate Situation Manager.
At least that model works well for me in *my* head
A good incident manager makes an amazing difference to a technician when the heat is on. You know that already. With your range of experience it should be really motivating to do it well and know a job well done. Enjoy.
I hope you enjoy the move away from Oracle and hands-on technology more than I did back in the mid 2000's.
I'm (long) back doing Oracle and Technology, and had to take some less-than-ideal steps to get back onto the front foot with the tech.
Opportunities should always be grasped and tried, though. Hope you love it.
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