I am often asked: “Do you still code”?
And I get very uncanny reactions when I answer: “Yes, I do”
Yes, I am Architect who codes. Is that not normal these days?
This is my way of overcoming FOMO (fear of missing out)
I always felt that if I stay away from coding for too long… I will lose the touch with technology.
This was one of the reasons why I chose to return from Singapore to India.
While in Singapore, I worked as a Solution Architect which was mostly a pre-sales job. I barely had any chance to develop anything that created an impact.
I secretly worked on some hobby projects to keep myself engaged…
And this was one of the main reasons why I was successful in that role. (I will write about it some other day)
I returned to India (because this is where home is) and joined the Product development team at SAP.
Your discussion as an Architect, with any stakeholder (be it a developer, customer, or manager) is just so crisp and to the point when you yourself are a developer.
Junior developers cannot beat around the bush and get away in scrum calls 😉
It is also a way of empathizing with the developers in your engineering team. You understand their challenges, their pain, their needs and wants.
Last and the most important – I enjoy coding.