I’d been thinking over the weekend that it would be polite to contact Paul Sherlock - the Director of UniSA’s ISTS to let him know that I’m not planning to move over to their new Learning and Teaching Systems team. However, he beat me to it! He rang to ask if he could drop by and have a chat. Paul has always been friendly and cordial when I’ve had anything to do with him previously, and today was no different.
I told him that I was planning to leave UniSA, and not move out to the new position at Mawson Lakes. I’ve already mentioned here previously that the way I see ISTS function is not a place that I see myself fitting into.
He asked about my plans for the future, and also enquired about handover plans.
Handover won’t be easy, as the new team doesn’t exist yet, and I’d guess it would be at least another month by the time they advertise and fill the other positions. The best I can do is try and get RJ up to speed on as many things as I can think of (as he’s indicated interest in the new team), and maybe make use of that nice Wiki software we now have.
It isn’t easy picking up other people’s work. I experienced this first hand when Roger left our team last year. Picking up after me will be harder, as I’ve got 13 years of “legacy” applications behind me :-)
The meeting ended positively, with Paul wishing me well for the future. I appreciate that. You never know when your paths will cross again, so I think it’s preferable to leave on good terms.