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I’m Management!!!!

Wow! What an amazing Valentines Day I had! And also what an amazing couple of months it’s been! The new job has really taken off… I made management!


Since a manager needs her space, I also got a really big office all to myself. It’s been great, though a little challenging.
Now my days start off with my direct reports showing me what they’ve been working on. We call them “Scrums”. It’s about the only way I can keep tabs on all the amazing stuff they’re creating.
Another thing I have to deal with is our budget. I have to decide what’s important enough to spend money on and what’s not. My direct reports come and plead their cases, and sometimes I have to say no…
This can lead to some pretty ugly scenes…
I also have to do quarterly reviews for my employees. I hate it, but sometimes you just have to let them know that they’re not working up to their abilities.
The best part of my day today was when my boyfriend Doug (I call him Jug… hehe) stopped by with my Valentines gift. How romantic!
We spent the rest of the afternoon watching the snow fall outside all my windows… a perfect day!

A Day in the Life of Rita Kaurt…

Hi! I’m Rita Kaurt! I just started working for a great company called NewsGator and started learning about all these blogs… so I decided to start one of my own!  For my first post, I decided to tell the world how I spend my day…
My day starts out riding the elevator up to the the 25th floor of a skyscraper in downtown Denver Colorado.  Being on the second to top floor means waiting for everyone else in the elevator to get to their floors first… but they have this great Captivate thing that helps pass the time.
When I finally get to my desk, I get to work right away.  I get to test all the cool things the really cute developers I work with create.
Since I’m new, I’m still learning about all the things that NewsGator does, and sometimes I have to ask the developers for a little help.  They don’t seem to mind though.
We use a really confusing site called Rally to log bugs. Lots of times I’m not sure how I need to write things up, so I have to go ask one of the other QA people.  Other times I just go and hang out with the platform guys and chat. They’re all super cool.
Meetings are also a big part of my day. Planning, explaining or prioritizing things seems to be what most are about.  I don’t mind these so much, but the guy on the left in this picture is always checking out my feet… weird :-$
One thing about NewsGator is all the free food! I like almost all of it, but it all kind of tastes the same.  That’s probably because I love to drown everything in Tabasco… I’ve only been here a week and I’ve already gone through a whole bottle!
In the afternoon I’m usually by the foosball table. I like watching people play…
But I also like to play myself!
But since I just started playing and I don’t have any hands, I often end up wearing the bagel 😦
By the end of the day I’m back at my desk wrapping up. It’s a lot of fun, and though the work is challenging, I really love my new job!