Another busy day at the collective

I went to Yahoo! HQ again today, affectionately known as “the collective”. I will probably go again tomorrow. I insinuated myself in a few meetings and met some people. Here I will attempt to catalog the current list of leads I am working on.

Nam Nguyen: This guy just bubbled up to the top of my list. Based on my conversation with him Thursday, and after seeing him for a mostly-unrelated conversation today, he put together an actual job description. This is very interesting and pleasing to me, because he wrote up the job description *after* talking to me, and showed it to me first before submitting the request for a req/headcount. Hopefully management approves and budget is there. I gave him three things to add in that would make it even more tailored to my qualifications, but as written it is pretty compelling.

The story behind this one is, the Y! front end (all Apache PHP, I think) got Erik, Cecil, David R, Cameron, and a few others in the reorg. Now, Erik expects certain things from Operations, like we do rollouts, we put together whole sites around monitoring, we automate the hell out of everything, etc. Y! Site Ops doesn’t do this. There is a group within Search Front End, only three people, that basically fills the gap between Site Ops and Engineering. That is Peter, and two people in Bangalore (thus improving the 24hr aspect). Nam manages a lot of other stuff besides this mini-Ops team.

So, it would be basically an “integration” type of role, in that we take directions from engineers, but there would also be some ops-type of stuff, and some carrying of pagers. Strangely, there is some chatter within Y Operations that they want to be more full-service and not limit themselves to OS install and Account access. This would be closer to AV, Fast, and Inktomi, but would be a change from how Ops deals with the other properties.

I would like this job: 8/10
I can do this job: 10/10
This job is good for my future: 7/10
This job has a chance of coming true: 7/10

Cameron Anetsky: Cameron had lunch with me, and would like me to help her with some QA-Lead type of stuff. She has also taken the most time of anyone to show me around, introduce me to people, try to get me included, try to get me a cube here, etc.

It is possible that if I pursue it hard, this could turn into a QA Lead job for me. I don’t know if this is the direction I want to go, but it would be a different direction. The turning it into a real job is the hard part… she is quite overworked but is not confident in her ability to get extra head count – they added 3 more tester positions in India, but she seems to be the only lead for like 6 people.

I would like this job: 7/10
I can do this job: 8/10
This job is good for my future: 7/10
This job has a chance of coming true: 5/10

Stephen Simpson: Saw this guy 2 more times today, and he had a chance to say “Hey we really want to interview you, here is when.” He didn’t. I think he is avoiding talking about the DNS administrator position. I still think I could get this position if I pester them about it enough, or wait long enough for them to get off their asses. But, I don’t know if I want to be a DNS administrator, I feel it would be a step down.

It bugs me that I can’t really read Stephen. Either he is painfully shy, actively hiding something from me, or just not very good at communication at all. I don’t know if I could work well with him. I will know more about if his communication style is a barrier after interviewing with him.

I would like this job: 6/10
I can do this job: 10/10
This job is good for my future: 5/10
This job has a chance of coming true: 9/10

Michael Scheel: Had a pretty candid discussion with Michael. He works for S. Simpson. He is from Inktomi Ops, and he would like to start enhancing/widening the scope of what Y Site Operations does, so that it’s more full service, like our SA team, not like the status quo for other Y properties. Trouble is that he (his team) doesn’t seem to have headcount, so they want to take on more roles but are cautious about doing so without getting more headcount.

This is a guy to keep in contact with but is currently not a job lead.

Deo Carauana: Deo is in charge of the Y! Noc, and I was in a meeting with him, Anne, and myself to talk about handing over 4 products to Y! Noc to be monitored. After this meeting, he talked to me for a while and said that he might be looking for someone to manage the NOC besides Christine, who is the manager for both tier 1 and tier 2 of the NOC. I think he said that ideally Christine would manage tier 2 and someone else would take over tier 1. NOC manager, not great. They should really consider Anne for this, I’m not sure why… Deo only said this after Anne left the room.

It would be part of Operations, a little bit insulated from engineers, but Deo said things along the same lines as Michael, that they want to start being more full-service and not limiting their scope to just port monitors and start/stop.

I would like this job: 5/10
I can do this job: 9/10
This job is good for my future: 6/10
This job has a chance of coming true: 6/10

Steve Pomush: Still haven’t heard from this guy, he was supposed to contact me in January. I still don’t think I would want to work for this guy.

I would like this job: 4/10
I can do this job: 8/10
This job is good for my future: 6/10
This job has a chance of coming true: 5/10

Other contacts not at Yahoo:

Phil Steffora: Replied to my email, but hasn’t called me back. Phil works at Mailblocks which is moderately spam-related, so might be interesting, but since he hasn’t called me back, there probably won’t turn out to be anything there.

Michael Moran: Finally replied to my email. This is a recruiter at Postini. I would really like to work at Postini because 1. Spam and 2. Bruce!

I would like this job: 10/10
I can do this job: 9/10
This job is good for my future: 10/10
This job has a chance of coming true: 4/10

Dave Moody: This guy was a best man at my wedding, and now works at Lucasfilm. He contacted me just to see if I was still alive, and we talked for a long time. I don’t realistically expect that there is anything for me at Lucasfilm but I will send him my rap sheet anyway.

Brian Johnson: Haven’t heard any more since he called to tell me the startup place didn’t want me. He is supposedly still looking around for jobs but we’ll see if anything pans out.

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