It didn’t take me long to realize I needed to work with a team. After graduating college (as a theatre major) I started working as a freelance web developer. My first clients were theater companies. Without realizing it, I relied on my inside knowledge of their marketing needs to make up for my lack of computer science background. Once my clients diversified, I realized I needed help. I needed teammates.
Working as a developer at Mightybytes and Palantir.net I saw the value in having a strong, balanced team. I didn’t have to be the one guy who did everything from visual design (which I was terrible at) to custom module writing to server configuration. Nothing made me feel better than hearing teammates say things like:
“I’ve done this before, let me grab a code snippet.”
“I’m not sure why this isn’t working, but I know who to ask.”
“Don’t worry, I got this.”
When I first put a site on Pantheon three years ago, I saw that Pantheon would be the kind of team member I liked. The Pantheon tools were reliable, the dashboard “just worked” and whenever I talked with the staff I knew they were listening. In my new role as an Agency and Community Engineer I will be working directly with web development agencies to ensure that Pantheon’s roots in the world of client site building stay strong.
The community half of my job will have me talking up Pantheon at camps and cons within the WordPress and Drupal communities. If my past Drupalcon topics like Web Components, mental models for HTML, and plugins explained through haikus are any indication, I’ll also present on areas not at all Pantheon-specific. At Pantheon we love these events for the way they capture the state-of-the-art ideas that will become tomorrow’s assumed best practices.: Agencies, Digital Agencies, Agency Partners