Jim Harrer

STARTUPS, TURNAROUNDS, APPDEV, AGILE & LIFE...

Help me find my next adventure…

I’ve decided to leave TrueBlue, Inc. where I have been part of their IT Leadership Team for the past 2+ years as their VP of Application Development.  This was a difficult decision as I really enjoyed working with many of the people at TrueBlue. Plus, their mission to put anyone who wants to work, to work, is a truly honorable profession.  A $2bn+ enterprise, I will continue to be a champion for the company, as well as a shareholder – I wish them continued success.

When I joined TrueBlue in 2013 they wanted to bring an entrepreneurial spirit to their application development team in IT.  As a past CEO of enterprise software applications, I had sold to CIOs of enterprise IT for over 20 years and didn’t give moving into an IT role a second thought.  Boy, did I have a lot to learn and was constantly humbled by what I didn’t know about IT. I learned a ton and want to thank all of the IT pros, especially in IT Ops, at TrueBlue who took me under their wing to teach me. I think I got it and at the same time, I got to teach and mentor a lot of smart, talented developers as we pushed each other to improve our craft in SDLC.  I’m proud of the progress we were able to make in two short years and know I left the team, and our internally developed applications, in better condition than when I arrived.  Still, moving on is always hard, but it’s time for someone else to take them to the next level.

What’s next?

I’m not exactly sure, but I’m excited by the possibilities.  It was fun and challenging working in IT, focused on modernizing legacy applications, solving scalability and reliability challenges, tools, perfecting agile SDLC in the enterprise and DevOps. But, I have to admit, I miss having more involvement in the problem we’re trying to solve. So…

I would like to get more deeply involved in product management, roadmaps, features, design and working more closely with sales and marketing to either introduce new innovative products or work with an existing team to help take an existing product line to the next level. I miss connecting with customers, finding their pain and figuring out how to improve an existing product or create a new product to solve the pain.

It could be either a startup or established enterprise, looking for a senior executive to join their team. With my past business experience, lean startup, and accelerator knowledge, I would also be open to building or joining an innovation lab within a larger enterprise to drive mobile, cloud and explore the “Internet of Things” opportunities becoming available.

It’s important I find the right team, I think everything else will fall in place after that.  Fit and having a shared vision we can align on are important to me.

I plan to stay in the Pacific Northwest, so that means Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Tacoma, Olympia or returning to Bend, Oregon. I'm also open to working remotely or joining an existing project as a consultant.

Thanks for any introductions you can make, please feel free to share via LinkedIn and Twitter.

…Jim

Jim Harrer

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