Chapter Four: More Than Just a Developer
After working for Yahoo! I joined the small rapidly growing startup Indochino as the 10th employee. Our small tech team became relied upon to be the glue across all departments, acting like an internal consulting team. Then, moving to Electronic Arts to lead a larger team, I faced my largest challenge to date. In order to ship a massive new project on time that used new technologies, I brought together the design, web, and client teams while teaching the development teams these new technologies. As a result, I was promoted to User Interface Engineer Team Lead, and I lead a team of 20 User Interface developers, encouraging communication, collaboration, and best practices. Solving cross functional problems to help the business grow made me realize that I wanted to be more than just a developer. I wanted to be a Product Manager to combine business insight and technical expertise and deliver innovative products to the customer.