February 26, 2004
Who IS that guy?
What I do for a living:
I'm a software engineer and application architect . When it comes to platforms and languages, I'm an agnostic, really. I've been developing in .NET (C#, specifically) since convincing my previous employer to go in that direction, though I also use Perl (aka cacharbe on perl monks ) and C++ in the majority, and can use Java, VB (pre .NET), php, etc (give me a book and a goal, and it's all about Syntax).
My specialty is developing end-to-end systems that deal with b2e integration, knowledge management and enterprise business practice retooling. I've helped a brewer rethink it's marketing and sales strategies management, a bank redesign it's lending applications and a major retail chain consolidate how they deliver and service their products to the customer.
I'm a problem solver. My job is to identify business hurdles and their root causes, then to architect solutions that solve them and integrate a user base and content into an organization using architected code, off-the shelf solutions or (usually) a combination of both.
The hardest part of my job is usually the change management that goes along with changing a long standing business practice. There is a HUGE pride of ownership when it comes to these practices, even if the practice is OBVIOUSLY detrimental to a group or business. My training in improvisation has helped me considerably when it comes to identifying patterns, their problems and strengths, and communicating those patterns as well as possible solutions and integration points to the customer and the rest of my engineering team.
What I do for fun:
Improvisational Theatre. I've trained all over, including Chicago at the Improv Olympic, and I've performed internationally, including the US, Canada and Japan.
Who I do it With:
My wife and partner, Sara. She is my rock, my foil, my giggles, my laughter, my joy and my heart. And my daughter, Rachel, who is growing more beautiful with each passing minute, and already has her daddy wrapped tightly around her beautifully long fingers. They truly are the only people I need, and I miss them every day that I am not at home, playing on the floor.Posted by Chuck Charbeneau at February 26, 2004 10:23 AM