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Ceterum censeo… » Goodbye to Thailand.

Ceterum censeo…


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    03/21/2013 (8:59 pm)

    Goodbye to Thailand.

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    So… my time in Thailand is complete. Another international posting finished. I go home tonight, pack up over the weekend, and return to sporadically sunny Melbourne next week, where I’ll stay for the foreseeable future. Yay!

    So, looking back, I’ve…

    • delivered an application upgrade
    • ran some detailed negotiations leading to not providing a service (because it wouldn’t have been effective)
    • coordinated some cross company testing
    • enthused about function point estimation (twice)
    • seen that there are actually lifetime benefits from a strongly followed prescriptive process
    • had a couple of case studies in the primacy of the business case
    • missed more natural disasters (flooding this time)
    • learned to play golf (well… learned to sometimes not mis-hit the ball with a golf club)
    • went to a filming of The Daily Show
    • sent fiery lanterns swarming across the sky
    • grew a pretty horrible mustache for Movember

    (hmm… maybe I should share some of these experiences…>

    There’s a degree of ambivalence about the experience. After coming back from Japan, I was pretty enthusiastic about overseas postings, and would encourage the idea in others. But, as it turns out, these postings can have a significant downside. (Which I’m not going to go into, because this isn’t really that sort of blog.) So now, rather than being directly encouraging, I’d have to ask something like “how to you feel about taking risks you might come to bitterly regret?” Which I don’t, but I could see the land without a telescope. If risk can be accepted, then I’ll encourage.

    But I’ll stick with the idea from last time.

    It’s been hard.
    It’s been good an experience.
    It’s finished.
    I’m ready to go home.

    Time to do something different.

    (More specific sharings will follow if and only if the mood takes me.)

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