November 27th, 2020
One big part of my role is heading up the development team where we take business requirements and bring them into reality. I also deal with all the architecture that runs our platform. Lastly, I am the voice for technology across the business – working with the other managers to make the businesses’ use of technology as efficient and secure as it can be.
I still enjoy writing code when possible. I also like to see the team members picking up challenging tasks, work through them and grow their own competencies and confidence when they see it being used in production.
I feel I have been allowed to show my abilities in technology and supported in establishing myself as a leader. My voice is heard, this has given me a real opportunity to assist in steering the business in the right direction.
I believe the life experience I have gained through working in my own start-ups, as well as call centres, restaurants and the like, have lead me to have a different perspective on software to most programmers. I appreciate that business goals have to be met and take a pragmatic outlook on how they can be achieved, while maintaining the best practices that any software team should strive to adhere to.
“Work is the curse of the drinking classes” Oscar Wilde
The Beermat Entrepreneur Mike Southon , Chris West
Clean Code Robert Martin
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
Working hard to provide opportunities for myself and family
Spending time with friends (aka down the pub) and family – generally socialising!