Seasons of change. My Year of The Engineer is complete!

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How do you measure, measure a year?

Sketchy Times Dispatch

sketches, videos, & insights from tom@blueRaven.Digital

How do you measure, measure a year?

Mainly in cups of coffee consumed, or # of musicals attended...

The leaves fall, MN lurches through another dramatic change of seasons, and I’m excited to announce I have completed my Year of The Engineer! 🤓

For the past year I’ve been running an experiment at Revel Health to see if I am an engineer. And the verdict is…

Yes! And no!

Essentially, I discovered I love the methodical, no-BS mindset of software engineering, and I love taking biz problems from product-market perspective down to functional engineer perspective. AND, my polymath-self struggles with ‘stay in your lane’ engineering roles.

So what Tom?

  1. blueRaven capacity just 4x-ed.

  2. I’m currently courting FT opps including roles as Scrum Master, Technical Producer, or Technical Product Analyst.

    Wanna talk about it?


Sketch Your Way Through

There’s nothing quite like wrangling thoughts down via sketch notes. I compiled my recent sketches about “where am I going, what is my value prop” into a quick video.

Check it out!


Other shenanigans


I’m reading (listening to)…

Men At Arms by Terry Pratchet. Very fun, and surprisingly smart, science fiction read. Recommended by friend Jordy. Great for the evening wind down.

Pic of the week…

Lunch with Kieran was awesome as usual. Excited to hear where the Kilbeggan and 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey adventures go next.


Percolating on…

Pride and shame…Great conversation recently with brother Matt got me thinking more about the comparison component of both pride and shame… Working on reducing comparison, and increasing general awesome-ness 😎(wait, is this pride?!?)

Got published on MinneInno!

My first contributor post for MinneInno went live yesterday. Check it out here!

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And, as always, please give me feedback on Twitter. Just send a tweet to @blueRavenDigitl and put #SketchyTimesDispatch at the end so I can find it.

Thanks for reading 🙌

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