I've taken a long break from this blog, but as part of my new job I have set myself the task of writing regularly about what it's like to work on open source at PayPal. So here's a quick take on my first week...
I've joined a team that's been working to transform engineering practices, most famously with a mass-migration to agile methodologies. The job was interesting to me because PayPal is aware they have to continue to learn and change to grow. I am a huge believer in cultivating mental agility and lifelong learning. And they'd already begun with open source projects like kraken and the bootstrap accessibility plugin.
I spent my first week doing the normal first week things:
-Setting up a new laptop and phone (shoutout to Dylan Capener and his team member Victor Garcia for amazing IT customer service)
-Meeting people (most of whom I'll have to meet a few times before I remember their names)
-Doing press briefings for public coverage of my job change (see additional articles here, here, here and here) I'm especially happy with that last link, where I got mentioned in a larger story about women in technology and the first majority female enrollment in computer science disciplines at UC Berkeley
-Attending a 2-day offsite where I learned a lot more about what my peers are working on and my boss Kirsten Wolberg's vision for the future
All in all, it went by in a blur! As I tweeted to a former Sun colleague who sent me congrats and a query about what I'll be doing, "Stay Tuned..."