Last working day at IBM
Posted by karthikjcecs on May 18, 2010
Its been one and half year since I joined IBM. It is a really great time there, enjoyed a lot in all the 4 projects that I involved. I got a good opportunity to work as a lead and I performed up to my satisfaction. Let me talk about our team, the team was bit different than you normally hear about. It is in between research and product development, all projects were small and proof of concept kind. We use to work on a proposal and coceptualizing it so that it sells in the market. The team was really great. I was working under a brilliant, focused lead, Kiran – who became my inspiration to work on each and every stuff.
Short overview of the achievements:
I worked as a guide to one of the internship project where 2 from SJCE were interning with us. It went for some 4 months and we were able to achieve what we planned. Guys were smart engough to understand the project and pretty good in speed.
A project I liked a lot:
As it is highly confidentail I cannot even name the project, though I can share some of the expiriences. It was again a proof of concept project where I had 3 junior developers, I had the responsibility to make sure the development runs smothly and my lead was architecturing the project. It went around 6 months. During the course of time I took intiative and implemented the agile practices in team. It was quite successful and we were able to really visualize the increase in development speed. That is the time where I became Agile fan. The process is damn good and I would recommend any one of adopt agile practices. Also the junior team was very enthusiastic and dedicated because of which we were able to do it.
A product development:
Again, a highly confidential product development, It was a project that was been developing from scratch and I involved for a short duration of POC of the project and also for a short duration in the product development. Here is where I learnt the product development process with a bigger team, how agile can be impletmented in teams more than 100 members. Great expirience.
TEO ( Technical education outreach )
This is a program where IBM sponsors to visit any of schools in rural area and provide them a hands on expirience on techonology. I voluteered to such a program that happened in Jan 2010 in HD kote.
We had a plan to build a robot using the lego robot kit and give students a challenge to program. It was a tremondous expirience, we never expected that students of standard 10th will have such a graspping power and program a robot with just one day learning. Along with that there were some other science expiriments like simple DC motor, proving some geometrical theorms using paper cutting. Students and teachers very happy and the event was a great success.
Farewell to me
Many did not know that it was my last working day. I had only informed to few key people in advance. A short and sweet farewell went where my product team involved and spoke good words. Liked it a lot. Also got couple of nice presents 😛
Why did I leave all these comforts?
This is the question everyone asks me, I Joined cisco to make my dream true – I had a dream in my college days to work in cisco and that is it. But obviously that is not the only reason, there are some other reasons also which helped me to take a decission. There days passed in Cisco, just the orientation program went off along with introdution to the team. Team seems to be cool team as expected, have not got a chance to look that the kind of work that I will be doing. At a high level will be in Java based tool development project. Hope I get a lot to code here too.