Before the head of development leaves my company and moves to Wisconsin with his wife to 'make baby' (their words, not mine). The senior manager would take over his role and share some of the responsibility with me, as I am currently the manager of software development. What would this mean, I don't know. One thing for sure is that without the head of development's shielding us from all the inter-office politics, I will be dealing with the senior management and the crap that comes with it more often than I want to. But no matter, his decision of leaving for the mid-west has already been the trigger of our own plan to move to another city. Now it's just a matter of when and where.