November 1st, 2017 marked the 1 year anniversary of my move from a Fortune 200 company of 40,000 employees to a small contract development shop of less than 100. This move also happened to coincide with a large shift in my development skills and practices. As the year wraps up, and I take two weeks of vacation, I decided now is as good of time as any to reflect on the year!

Technology Changes

Angular has been a huge part of my life for the last 5 years. If you were to tell me in 2011 when I was an intern at an insurance company using outdated Java, IBM Websphere and VBScript that I would actually enjoy development work, I may have questioned your sanity.

Career Changes

At my Fortune 200 company, I was a strong developer. In addition, I was very opinionated and offered help to other teams beyond the scope of my project. This was the start of my evolution in my career. My management pushed me into roles that I, as a developer, did not appreciate. I was tasked with leading two interns to develop a site to consume analytics data. From there, I worked with an offshore team in India to develop a replacement for my Liferay application noted above. Then, I became an official team lead! That team consisted of me, myself and I, though.

Personal Changes

Most importantly, I have undergone quite a bit of personal change. This includes being more comfortable with business partners, being better suited to working with less experienced developers (though I have room to grow here), and also adapt to change more quickly.

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