Farewell freelancing, Hello Juniper Networks!

Hello, World. Please say hello to the new Director of Open Source Strategy at Juniper Networks.

For the past few years I’ve freelanced as an open source strategy consultant, helping various companies understand, use, release, and contribute to free and open source software in ways that are as effective for the company as for the community. As of today, I’ll still be doing that, but solely for Juniper.

As you can imagine, the choice to give up freelancing for a Real Job™ was not a simple one. After speaking with the folks at Juniper though, while the decision wasn’t simple it was definitely easy. Juniper gets it. They understand how critical free and open source software is to their business and to the world, but almost as importantly they recognise that doing this right will take time and dedicated attention, to the community as much as to the technology.

I know everyone who makes an announcement like this says, “I’m excited!” so the statement has nearly lost its meaning and become a platitude, but…well, I’m honestly excited! I’m looking forward to working with Randy Bias, Megan Sugiyama, Bikash Koley, and the rest of the Juniper team, across the entire stack.

We’re going to release and contribute to a ton of excellent software, and join and support a lot of communities. It’s going to be great.

Thinking Outside the Big Green Box

In October I had the dubious honor of laying off my entire team (they’ve all found excellent new positions). At the time I was to have joined them in a workforce reduction, but my position was retained and instead assigned to the group of people included in the SUSE acquisition of HPE Cloud. The acquisition is now complete and I once again find myself in a position to make a change.

I joined HPE in September of 2015 because I wanted to make a difference to a team of open source developers. To do so, I stepped down from a Director role into a Senior Manager one. The team was amazing, full of people whose capabilities and brilliance humbled me daily. I have no regrets and am grateful that I had the opportunity. I did not want to see it end.

The SUSE acquisition has put me into a different role, one which isn’t the direction I wish to take my career. Furthermore, it would do so at a Senior Manager level. I didn’t mind the step down when I was supporting a team devoted to open source, but upon reflection I find I do mind it when I’m working on a product rather than a passion. Therefore I’ve chosen to leave the team which has moved over to SUSE. They’ll do great, but they’ll do it without me.

While I am moving on, it’s not without sadness. I am leaving behind several inspiring people. Jim Meyer has proved the power of empathy and compassion in leadership and in product development, supporting and encouraging each member of the team to live life to the fullest and become the best person they can be, all while advancing the Helion OpenStack product. Allison Randal has been a sympathetic listening ear, always there with advice and an overflowing love for the team and for free and open source. Samuel de Medeiros Queiroz, I may miss you most of all. Your energy, enthusiasm, and passion continually remind me of the magic of open source, bringing people together and changing lives for the better. Thank you, to these three, Danielle, and to all the Parrots (you know who you are).

What’s next? Well, that’s a very good question. Running an open source program office would be fairly ideal. I’ve been working in the open source policy and strategy space for a while and would like to do that full time rather than on the side as I have been, but I don’t wish to limit myself. I’ve been leading software engineering departments and teams for most of the past 10 years. My teams tell me I’m a superb manager and leader. I know business. I know open source. I know community. How can I combine some or all of these? Let’s find out.

If you know or hear of anything in the open source space (strategy, policy, leading a team of people who work in open source, etc), I’d really appreciate it if you could send it my way. I currently have a contract helping a company open source an internal product. I’m looking forward to that project, but it’s temporary. I’m looking for the Forever Home I’d hoped HPE would be.

Drop me a line: anonymoushash at vmbrasseur dot com.

My resume: http://www.vmbrasseur.com/resume.pdf.

I’m in the Market for a New Job

After over a year working on my own projects, I find I really miss leading and working with a team of good people. Working alone has its advantages but isn’t as fulfilling for me.

Therefore I’m once again throwing my hat into the ring. I’m looking for a full time job and would love to hear about great opportunities and teams which could use my help.

For those who don’t know, here’s little guidance about what I do:

  • I used to program but no longer do so and would prefer to keep it that way. While I can program I do not enjoy it much. I have always found it much easier/more pleasant to read code than to write it.
  • My strengths lie in the realm of management of technical people and projects. I thrive on building and helping incredible teams of geeks to accomplish amazing things.
  • I understand business, marketing, and technology and enjoy exploring the intersections between them.

What I am looking for:

  • I would enjoy performing any of the following roles (most of which I have done previously in my career):
    • VP/Director/Manager of a software engineering team or department
    • Technical Project Manager
    • Community Manager
    • Developer Evangelist
  • While I currently live in San Francisco, after five years of saying, “Imma gonna move to Portland!” I’ve finally decided to follow through on the statement. Therefore it’s required that the job either is based in Portland, Oregon or will allow me to work remotely.
  • I would be beside myself with professional glee if I am able to find a position with a company or organization which is friendly to open source/data/access/etc.

For more information, have a look at my resume.

Need to know even more? There’s always my website.

Know of a position or have more questions? Feel free to send me email at `resume` at the $domain.$tld of this webpage.

I look forward to seeing what sort of amazing opportunities are lying in wait. Allons y!