Talk about long and stressful days - we would get to the office at 7:30 AM and leave at 7:00 PM for dinner where work was discussed further.
The new org. is highly matrixed. This is how we were organized in Portland so I am used to that. Time will tell how it works on a much larger distributed scale.
I did get to go water skiing with some of my work friends one day - that was cool. Although it highlighted the point that I am indeed completely washed up (as if that was still a question) as I couldn't get up on one. I tried 4 times before I through in the towel and went with two.
The new CIO is pretty innovative. He has embraced distributed development and Open Source Software. My new job is leading the charge on OSS within our division. This marks my departure from a "Technologist" into management. This should be very interesting work. I will be working like a dog, however (not really a new thing sadly). I will be hiring a small senior team to get this organization off the ground. I have to put the job reqs together this week and will post links once they are available. But if you have a *passion* for OSS and live in Portland, Indianapolis, IN, or Wausau, WI and want to drive OSS adoption/contribution within a large company, let me know. For this initial round of hiring I am looking for stone killers with demonstrable OSS experience. As usual, communication skills are fairly crucial. If you can't collaborate and communicate effectively, your technical skills are useless to me.
Also, since we are now a distributed organization, there are some more jobs open in Portland, OR. Basically, going forward, most jobs that are open in Indianapolis will be open for staffing in Portland, OR. The opposite will be true for projects based in Portland, OR for Indianapolis and other cities. There are pros and cons to distributed development. It is the way the world is going, however. Our CIO is putting the right infrastructure in place to make this model work. The transition will no doubt take some time, but I am optimistic.
This list will be growing the next few months, but here is a list of the current open jobs (search for Information Technology).