Content Lead - Global Capital Markets @ Dublin, County Dublin
Doer of things. Getter of done.
Greater Madison Area
I first learned UNIX on VT100 terminals at a Boy Scout Explorer post at AT&T Bell Labs in Columbus, Ohio. It was brutal. They wouldn't allow us to learn vi until we learned ex. That was a long time ago, and it's been all down hill since. I like to think I was doing DevOps before that was a word because when you've got not QA staff to test your software and no IT team who maintains production, guess who gets to do that? In elementary school, when we complained about having to do math problems, my teacher corrected us. "No, you get to do these problems."
And now I get to solve a lot of problems from backend service and IT issues to server side to client side to customer interaction. I enjoy mentoring younger developers and helping them better explore and handle edge cases, enabling them to become more productive and independent. I also enjoy getting to do a lot of different things, especially when I'm learning something new.
In my management career, I'm mainly interested in how best to align software product development and IT with corporate strategy. It includes providing value to external customers in terms of new features but also making sure we're capturing the right marketing data meeting internal customers needs. And then doing it better and faster.