Thursday, January 26, 2012

Farewell to the Old Me

I'm a folkie, as far as music goes. And the Dar Williams song titled "Farewell to the Old Me" has been going through my head a lot lately. I have worked on Domino Designer since February of 1997, with the exception of a foray of a few years into Lotus Component Designer. Since that technology ultimately contributed to Domino Designer, it feels like a contiguous 15 year span of time on Designer. I have often called Designer my seventh child, and in many ways it is. I have watched it grow from a few menu items and some extra twisties in the navigator to an Eclipse based product of its own. I've built major pieces of it, and I've given presentations on Designer across the US and Europe. It's been an amazing ride and I have loved every minute of it.

But there comes a time when the baby is ready to go off to college, and mom is free to explore some new things. Designer is now in the capable hands of Dan O'Connor. I've taken a new job in in the ICS Connections organization, exploring some ideas that are really interesting, and where I will learn lots of new things. So while I am sad to leave Designer, I am very excited to be rebooting myself. I firmly believe that it's important to reinvent yourself now and then, and 15 years makes me well overdue for that. I feel energized and challenged, and this is a great way to begin a new year.

I know I'll keep watching Designer (parents never completely let go). I'm just working on a different part of IBM's social story, and am raising a new baby now :-)

19 comments:

IdoNotes said...

Congrats on the reboot and reinvention!

Julian Robichaux said...

Wow, congratulations on the big move. I hope we still get to see you at conferences!

David Leedy said...

Wow! That's surprising news. Congrats on the change! Good look in your next challenge and thank you so very very much for all the work that you put into Domino Designer! It is truly appreciated.

Femke Goedhart said...

Congratulation Maureen. Bold and exciting move!

Sean Burgess said...

Congratulations and thanks for all the hard work.

Theo Heselmans (Xceed) said...

Looking forward what you'll cook up next. Thanks for the enormous improvements you've added to Designer.
Remember we have a date for BLUG 2013 :-)

Martin Meijer said...

Congratulations! But it feels strange, for me you and Domino Designer are more or less the same. It is the tool I worked with almost every day since 1998. Thank you for all the work and I am sure that your new job will be a succuss.

TexasSwede said...

Thanks for all your hard work on Domino Designer! And thank you for taking your time at Lotusphere to discuss the different issues and questions I had.
Congratulations on your move, and I know that you will do great. And Dan seems very competent, I am sure he will take good care of your baby. :-)

Kathy Brown said...

Congrats, Maureen! Definitely wishing you the best of luck in the new role!

Nathan T. Freeman said...

Congrats, Maureen. I'll miss our late-night debugging sessions, but I'm sure you'll bring great stuff to the Connection team!

Bill Malchisky said...

Congratulations, Maureen! Great news. Best of luck in your new endeavor.

René Winkelmeyer said...

Congrats Maureen! Looking forward to your future with mixed feelings. Will miss the Designer Extension discussions - but I'm sure your new baby will be great and Dan will keep up the good way DD goes.

Santosh Kumar said...

Congratulations on your new role.

Lady Sterling said...

Maureen, you are such an inspiration and we will all look forward to your contribution to Connections and greatly greatly appreciate your work on Designer. Although I will miss your Designer presentations...sniff, sniff. ~Kendra @LadySterling

Finn L. Knudsen said...

Congratulations. Best of luck with the new job.
You will be missed.
PS Hope that you or Dan will do a blog entry or video on "Extending Designer" from the AD103 with more details

francie said...

Congrats, Maureen. I know change isn't easy and neither is letting go but I am sure your new position will be fun and challenging and full of learning experiences! Yay!

Lisa Duke said...

See what a new hairdo can do for your life? (Kidding)

Congrats!

Howard Greenberg said...

Hi Maureen, we did not get a chance to chat at LS12...Best wishes in the new job. We will miss you as the Designer Goddess but I am sure we will cross paths in the Connections world!

Eric WIlson said...

Gosh! That HAS been a long time!
Good luck on ICS!