Thursday’s New Adventure

Today is my last day as a “Dude”

It’s been just over five years since I took a leap to become a Dude. There have been many ups and downs during this journey. We took investment money from Warburg Pincus, invested in collocated agile development, and built, hands-down, one of the best development shops in the US, possibly the world. I’ve spent most of that time focused on designing the future of the Dude. There are elements to the transformation that employees and clients won’t realize for a few more years. However, the Dude is setup to do some awesome things in 2017 and years to come.

I on the other hand will not be there to see it all come to fruition. I’ve accepted a new position with McKinsey & Company’s Digital Labs team. Charles Rodriguez has a familiar question that he asks folks at the start of most days.

“What’s today’s adventure?”

Thursday I start my next adventure with McKinsey.

There is a stereotypical attitude when taking on a new job. Folks often convey the notion that leaving is bittersweet or somehow sad for them. While I do believe this to be the case for some, leaving the colleagues and clients at Dude Solutions is a hard challenge. Perhaps that’s one reason we see so many old faces who have left the company return in future years. Every company has their challenges and the Dude is no different. However, I wouldn’t put too much stock into some Glassdoor reviews about the Dude. The reality is, the people at the company are some of the best, most friendly folks you will meet. Everyone is ultimately trying to help our clients be as great as they can be, often at the expense of themselves and the company. Leaving this environment is hard because I know from experience that finding other companies that care about their clients as much is hard. You don’t need to look past most telecommunication firms to understand this challenge.

Then Why Leave?

The Dude is setup for significant success in future years in-part because of the tremendous software teams in Cary. I’ve done my part in preparing and helping those teams remain successful. It’s time for new, harder challenges that I haven’t experienced before. On Thursday I start my next adventure with McKinsey, a new family of colleagues, and a whole host of new challenges.