Type of Employment
Note that many of the sections below list preferences.
My preferences are just that - they describe what I would prefer out of
a set of choices.
If a given preference causes you a problem especially if it could be
a deal breaker let's talk about it. There's usually room for negotiation.
On the other hand, a small number of constraints are non-negotiable.
As one example, I do not travel. If the job involves a travel requirement, please
let me know up front.
My primary interest is in providing productivity support through improved
documentation and tools.
Examples include intranet web content, employee training
materials, and documentation of all forms (e.g. software overviews, how-tos, presentations,
I prefer to be primarily engaged in duties that consist of one or more of the following:
- Application of systems analysis techniques and procedures, including
consulting with users, to determine hardware, software or system functional
- Design, development, documentation, analysis, creation, testing or
modification of computer systems or programs, including prototypes, based on
and related to user or system design specifications.
- Documentation, testing, creation or modification of computer programs
related to the design of software or hardware for computers operating systems.
Ideally I will be working on some number of the following
- internal documentation
- process creation/improvement
- web content creation
- web site management
- Internet/Intranet applications
- data analysis
- internal tools
I especially like to work directly with and for my clients, where these clients are
software engineers, project managers, and other employees within the organization.
I am highly skilled and proficient in the theoretical and practical application of
specialized information to computer systems analysis, software engineering, and documentation.
I most enjoy work that is intellectual or creative and that requires the exercise
of discretion and independent judgment.
I have learned how to take a "flexible" approach to changing product
requirements and priorities. I'm well versed in "multi-tasking". I have a proven
ability to work independently with minimal direction or supervision either
onsite and from my home office.
Milestones & Status reports
working style is to set milestones for the project and to
provide frequent status reports no less often than twice a month.
These allow the client and myself to continually update and track my
progress on a project.
I consider it part of my job to make
and recommendations when I see something
that doesn't seem, to me, to be working as well as it could. You may find
this to be a bit odd at first. I try to put
my recommendations in a positive light. If possible, I don't just point out
problems; I try to propose solutions.
I don't, however, feel that it is a requirement that the world accept every
suggestion I make or that every bug report I file be addressed or solved
and certainly not in the way I recommend. I understand that Input is Not
Voting. As I've told several clients for whom I have done work:
"My job is to make suggestions. Your job is to consider those suggestions
and act on them, or not, as you choose."
I have worked for both large and small companies, usually independently or as
part of a small team. I do not have a preference for large vs. small, as long as
I work with a competent, intelligent, quality-oriented team.
How will you win me to your team?
You'll do better if you offer me smart co-workers and a quality-oriented
process rather than if you tell me about beer bashes and basketball courts!
Take a look at my list of priorities.
I don't like Windows. This is not unfounded prejudice; I have used Windows.
The firs time (a six-month contract) I was paid $75/hour. When offered the chance to
convert to FTE, I declined. The second contract was very short (less than a month) and
I knew the hiring manager already. The third contract replaced the Windows system with
a Power Mac as a condition of my converting to fulltime employment.
I am much more productive on Mac OS X. My fingers work better on Mac OS X.
If you have an application that is only available on Windows, I will be happy to
run it in a VM. If necessary, I can supply my own Mac.
I am happy to consider salaried positions.
Contract (W2 or 1099)
I'm also available for contract work -- full-time or part-time, short term or
San Francisco Bay Area
My preferred location ranges from San Francisco's Financial and SOMA districts,
through the Peninsula, to the north-western part of Santa Clara county, along the 280
corridor. If you're in the 415 or 650 area code, or Cupertino, let's talk!
I have a proven record of being able to work productively offsite from my
I will be especially interested in situations which permit me to
from my office in San Bruno as much as
coming in to the client site for meetings and status updates.
After nearly two decades of
daily commutes, office politics, cubicles, and dealing with
too many distractions instead of real work,
I realized that I am more relaxed and
far more productive working from my private office.
My clients benefit from that as much as I do.
... to Anywhere
I am happy to consider 100% telecommute contracts for jobs located
SF Bay Area (but see the next point: Travel).
I do not travel. This is not negotiable.
I am not interested in any positions that involve any travel
outside the San Francisco Bay Area
(beyond what can be accomplished by car, round trip, in one day).
Rates - negotiable
I am happy to discuss fulltime (FTE) positions at a reasonable annual salary.
Contract rates may vary based on project type, length, and location.
Quoted rates will take into account the length and difficulty of the commute.
A surcharge will apply if I must use Windows instead of Mac OS X.
In any case, I will always ask a minimum hourly rate on all
non-salaried, hourly positions, to ensure exemption from California overtime
The minimum hourly exempt wage is based on the Consumer Price Index and
may be adjusted annually by the CA Division of Labor
Statistics and Research.
California Labor Code, Section 515.5
(esp paragraph a.(3)), for details.
I am willing to accept either salaried positions or hourly compensation.
However, for your benefit and protection, as well as my own,
I prefer not to make