Pillar Technology is Hiring… Read This!

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 November 2012 01:04 Written by Mike Cottmeyer Saturday, 23 January 2010 03:41

Pillar Technology is ramping up several large projects in Columbus, OH and Detroit, MI. We are in need of a bunch of people and have opportunities at many different experience levels.

We are looking to hire immediately and will entertain people who want to work 1099, W2 hourly, or become full time employees of Pillar Technology. Pillar’s strength is the quality of our people and we are pretty selective about who we bring in. We are looking for people that are technically excellent, have great communication skills, and will fit in well to the Pillar culture.

To be considered for our technical positions, you need to be an experienced Java developer or technical tester and you MUST have experience with TDD. Other skills we are looking for are:

  • Jboss Portal
  • Portlet Specification
  • XML Jibx parser
  • Rest
  • Strong UI / JSP experience
  • Maven
  • Team City
  • EasyMock
The more of these you have the better.

We also have a few opportunities for team leads and delivery leads. These people must have a solid technical background and be familiar with all the stuff I just mentioned. That said, these roles are less hands-on. To be considered for one of these positions, you need to understand agile organizational structure, team dynamics, how to lead and motivate people. You must be an excellent problem solver and be able to talk a good agile game… and more importantly… deliver results!

I am looking to hire the best of the best in the Atlanta market and surrounding areas. If you happen to be in Columbus or Detroit, even better. Travel will always be a part of this gig, but we want to keep it to a minimum. Most of our work right now is in the Detroit and Columbus markets and we are building Atlanta. We try to hire locally, so that we can keep people close to home. We are a values driven company, and we know that being home is important. That said, if you live somewhere else, and don’t mind the travel, we can talk.

If you are interested, please contact me at mcottmeyer [at] pillartechnology [dot] com. If you send me your resume, and I think you are a fit, you’ll get a call from me this weekend. Thanks!

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Pillar Webinar Today: When Change is Hard by Bob Myers

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012 12:50 Written by Mike Cottmeyer Wednesday, 7 October 2009 12:57

Later this afternoon Bob Myers, the President and COO of Pillar Technology, is delivering a webinar called “When Change is Hard – How to Create a Culture of Change in Your Organization”.

Bob is going to go over several case studies based on Pillar’s experience helping companies lead large-scale agile transformations. I’d expect this to be a pretty candid discussion about things that went well… and things that didn’t. Bob is a super-practical guy and has a ton of great experience working with big companies in the thick of significant organizational change. If you are looking for some really practical guidance… or the opportunity to ask the really hard questions… this is the place to be.

The talk is today at 1:00 ET. If you can make it… head over to the Pillar website to register. I think it will be time well spent.

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Change is the only constant…

Last Updated on Friday, 16 November 2012 12:50 Written by Mike Cottmeyer Saturday, 26 September 2009 02:47

Last week I mentioned that I was pretty much consumed with some big things going on in my life. Well… I am finally ready to share some really big news. This week I am leaving VersionOne and joining Pillar Technology. It is a bittersweet announcement… so I want to accompany this announcement with a little backstory.

Two years ago when I joined VersionOne… I set off on a journey. At the time, joining VersionOne felt like a huge risk. I was going from a company that had twenty thousand or so employees to a company that had less than 100. I was going from a company with a diverse product set to a company that really only had one. I was going to stop managing projects for a living and become a trainer and consultant.

My wife and I talked about the fact I would now be on the road more… sometimes with only a few days notice. I’d be travelling overseas and going to conferences. We talked about what this change would mean for our kids… my career… our finances… and my employability should I ever decide to do something different. It was just a huge unknown… but it was exciting. It felt like the right thing to do and the risk seemed manageable.

Looking back with a little hindsight… it was the best of all possible opportunities. I’ve had the chance to work with some great people… the VersionOne folks are truly the best in the industry. I’ve had the chance to work with some excellent companies… companies who recognize that the status quo is no longer going to be enough. I’ve had to the opportunity to work with, and become and expert on, the best agile project management platform on the planet. I’ve had the opportunity to become a public speaker… find my voice as a blogger… and now as an actual author.

I really love working for VersionOne but for the past few months I’ve been thinking that it might be time to get back into the world of delivering projects. Even though having exposure to a diverse set of companies is huge and my pre-VersionOne experience was still extremely relevant… I wanted to get back out and build longer term relationships with people that are in the thick of building agile organizations. I wanted to get in and help lead change in a more meaningful way. I wanted to be a part of building the enterprises that I write about here on Leading Agile.

I didn’t really know what life after VersionOne might look like. I always felt that if I worked hard and made a positive contribution to the community… things would play out. I recently started toying with the idea of becoming an independent coach or possibly starting a boutique consultancy. Having a stay at home wife… a mortgage… and three kids that like to eat… those options always felt pretty risky. I wasn’t sure as a start-up that I’d be able to have the kind of impact that I really want to have. I need to be able to scale… and scale fast.

Enter Pillar Technology.

I first encountered Pillar Technology last year at the Agile Coaches Camp in Ann Arbor. I was impressed with them from day one. Everyone I have ever met from Pillar has been top notch… not just from a technology perspective… but as human beings. Pillar does great work and has fun doing it. I liked these guys before I ever started thinking about working for them… so when we started talking it felt like it could be a good fit.

What makes this move more interesting for me is that I am not going to Pillar as just an agile coach… I am going to build an agile consulting practice in the Southeast. Pillar is already the premier agile consultancy in the Midwest… I am going to help them go nationwide. I’ll have the resources… and the talent… at my disposal to really help organizations lead the kind of transformations I am so passionate about. Now when I talk about learning to do small team agile… I can bring in the developers and coaches to help make it happen. I will be able bring in the kinds of leaders that can help organizations learn what it means to do agile project and portfolio management. We can help lead real… enterprise level transformations.

While the move to Pillar comes with some mixed feelings… joy over the new opportunity… sadness over leaving my friends at VersionOne… I am convinced this is the right ‘next move’ for me and my family. Pillar Technology is a VersionOne business partner and I am still just a few miles away from the VersionOne offices. I am looking forward to co-branding a few white papers and doing some joint webinars over the next year. I’ll still be representing VersionOne at the PMI Global Congress and helping out with the upcoming Agilepalooza in Boston next month. There is tremendous synergy between our shared missions.

I will say though… if you ever thought… hey! it would be cool to have that Mike Cottmeyer guy come and do some work for my company… now might be a good time to reach out. For now… you can contact me on my personal email mike [@] cottmeyer [dot] com. Let me know what I can do to help. Even though I am going to focus on the Southeast US… there is no limit on where we can work together.

One last story and then I’ll let you guys get back… when my wife got pregnant with our first son, we were living in Michigan. We knew that wasn’t where we wanted to live so we started making plans to move. During that time, we were saving a down payment on our first house, getting ready to move to Georgia, getting ready to have a kid, Kimi was going to be a stay at home Mom, and I was going to start a brand new job within my company.

Over the past 10 or 15 years our family has probably experienced at least two more… maybe three… periods of extremely disruptive change. Some periods centered around kids… some around jobs.. and others around changing location. Most seemed to have something to do with all three. So while we don’t have any more kids on the way… I am still planning to birth my book… build a business.. and maybe a few other things I’ve been noodling on. When I decide to shake things up… I really like shake things up ;-)

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