My first week at the helm of IT Conversations has been fun and challenging. Doug had me doing a lot of work behind the scenes for the last 3 or 4 weeks, so I was pretty familiar with the software systems that he's crafted that make everything work. Even so, being "in charge" was definitely a different feel from knowing that I could just punt the ball to Doug whenever there's a problem.
The IT Conversations plumbing is complex, but remarkably effective. There's not many sites like IT Conversations out there, so almost all of it is custom. Doug, with a little help from some volunteers, has hacked it out in PHP. And while it's effective, it also still has some places where Doug "just knew what to do." Notwithstanding, I'm happy to be the guinea pig--soon there will be Executive Producers of other channels using the same system and someone has to be first.