Variety is not an option…

March 11, 2011

Many times I hear that people want a variety, and that variety is a good thing.  With everything – food, work, exercise, hobbies, etc.

It dawned on me this morning that in the past year at work, I’ve worked on an embedded C project, dabbled in C# and .NET, done some LabView work, evaluated a Matlab project, built a prototype in WPF, and touched on multiple mobile platforms.

Wow!  And that’s only the technologies that I’ve worked in, that doesn’t include all the different and new processes I’ve been involved with.

One of our VP’s, Raman, once said that variety is not an option, it’s a requirement at SEP.  I get what he means, now.  I also understand why it’s good for someone to get variety, continue to learn, and continue to do new things.

It is challenging, but exciting all at the same time.  I wouldn’t claim that I’m an expert in any of those areas, but I’m able to be on a team and be productive, and that’s the important part.  There have definitely been some late nights where I’m doing research on my own, but that’s what I have to do in order to keep up with my peers.

Do you get variety in your day to day?  What are some of the challenges of variety?  How do you overcome those challenges?