I have been at the BBC for a week and a half now, long enough to form some basic impressions, I think.
It's definately been one of the more challenging environments I've been in. Challenging in the sense that I've had to pick up a lot of stuff quickly and hit the ground running. It reminds me a bit of when I started at Proxima in December of 2000. Even though the BBC is a much bigger organisation (28,000 people vs about 20 at Proxima Sydney at that time), our team is pretty small and self-contained, and very focused on getting the job done.
And the job itself is very exciting. I'm part of a small team of about 10 who are working on developing the next generation platform for the bbc.co.uk website. It's a HUGE task! The BBC website is one of the largest in the world and it's something on a scale that's really hard to imagine (just think about having 32Gb of peering for your website!)
We're working very hard to deliver a beta version of the platform by the end of June. So far most of my work has been design and architecture sessions drawing up plans on whiteboards and scraps of paper and talking to the various stakeholders to make sure we've got everyone on board. This week will be getting the actual designs on paper and coming up with the proper design documents and getting things finalised.
Then very soon I'll start building it! Very excited!