As some of my readers may already know, I have moved back home to Tampa, Fl. It was a tough decision to leave Boston, but in the end, it just wasn’t for me and my husband and we weren’t happy living there. We are settled, unpacked, started new jobs, and things are going great. I started working for a software development company called MB2x and I absolutely love it so far.
My position is called Sr. Tech Writer/Business Analyst. Most of my work is more on the biz analyst side since I am not writing any user documentation right now, but it’s great because I am learning so much and getting to do all sorts of things that I haven’t had the opportunity to do before. For example, there has been a lot of client interaction and travel, and those are both relatively new and exciting aspects of the job.
My linkedin profile has more description of what my duties are, but mostly I am doing a lot of Information Architecture and UI design, user experience, (which I love), wireframing with Balsamiq (my favorite tool), writing software requirements specifications, writing use cases, personas, doing some bug testing and site maintenance (writing copy, etc), client management and presenting to clients, and all sorts of other tasks.
We are hiring right now, so I have been helping prepare for career fairs, posting jobs online, reading resumes, setting up interviews, and conducting interviews. Since we are such a small company, I get to wear many hats and do something different everyday. I love it because I can help out to with the most urgent priority each day and feel as though my work really matters rather than just doing the same task everyday that hardly gets noticed.
When I was job hunting, I had a couple of offers I was considering. The top two were a large, well-established software house and this startup (MB2x). In the end, I chose the startup for many reasons. Mostly, I prefer smaller companies to large ones because not only does my work matter more, but I matter more to the company. I will not get unnoticed or lost in the shuffle of people, I won’t have to answer to a chain of command any time I need to get something done, I won’t have to climb a huge ladder to get any advancement, and the list goes on. So far I couldn’t be happier with my decision.
I love my boss, my coworkers, and the work we do. I really believe in our products and our processes. That is very important to me. I am so happy with this career move and life move and so far this new chapter of life is going fantastic. All is well in Lauren land.