I've always found this line of questioning so predictable yet so superficial. I am not defined by what I do, nor do I do just one thing. At the moment, I'm a chief scientist and a Fellow and a software architect and a project manager and a programmer and a researcher. I'm also a mentor, lecturer, consultant, software archeologist, theorist, methodologist, developer, pragmatist, pioneer, mediator, historian and visionary. In my working career I've been a mower of lawns, a scooper of ice cream, and a singer of songs. By act of Congress, I was once even an officer and a gentleman. I'm a good friend and confidant, a godfather, and a loving husband. I listen well and play well with others. More abstractly, I'm a child at heart, a warrior, a servant, a leader, a dreamer, a lover, a believer, and most of all an awe-struck seeker.
In short, I believe in living a life of "ands," a life that is defined not by what I do at the moment but rather one that is defined by living fully in the moment. I will be the first to admit that I'm most imperfect when it comes to being fully present in every moment or living fully in integrity with my values, but such are the consequence of being fully human.
It's time to add another "and" to my list of "things that I do."
I've been a part of Rational since its foundation some 26 years ago, but now it's time for me to move on. However, I'm not going far, for I'll be joining the Software Technology Department at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center as Chief Scientist for Software Engineering. There I will continue my work on the Handbook of Software Architecture and will mentor and lead various software engineering projects that are beyond the constraints of immediate product horizons. I will continue to engage with real customers working on very real problems; I will also deepen my relationships with academia and other research organizations around the world. Much of my professional career has been dedicated to improving the art and the science of software development, and that won't change at all, although I hope that my reach will be a bit further.
May each of you be blessed with living a life of "ands."
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