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Just as I graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a master's in family therapy, I decided to make a little extra money by becoming the Teen Advice Guide on About.com. This meant teaching myself enough HTML to apply for the job. Armed with Windows Notepad and some online tutorials, I had my HTML application completed in a few hours. I got the job and from the summer of '99 to the spring of '00, I had a full-time job as a family therapist and did the About.com job from home in my free time.
In the spring of 2001, Edventions essentially disappeared. Steve Bunes got me into the American Medical Association as an Internet Specialist. I had quite a culture shock coming from an internet startup to an old, bloated company like the AMA. I got bored quickly and started reading voraciously.
In my reading, I discovered Jerry Weinberg and the influence that family therapist Virginia Satir had on his work. I was thrilled to see a convergence of my two passions. In 2002, I discovered Extreme Programming and Agile Software Development. I paid my own way to XP/Agile Universe 2002 and dove headfirst into the XP/Agile movement. The more that I read authors like Kent Beck, the more I realized that my work as a family therapist is applicable to my work as a software developer.
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