Curve IT will be publishing Hot Seat Interviews with people who work within Software Development to get a take on what people do, what inspires them and what their views are on the industry.
Here’s our first……
What’s your name, company and job title?
Development Director, Europe
What does your company do?
We make software for the healthcare sector. Internationally this is across clinical and administration of primary, acute and post-acute care. We also do electronic prescribing, clinical analytics, data sharing and aggregation and patient engagement. In the UK, we focus on clinical systems for acute hospital trusts. If you attend Salford Royal or Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospitals, your clinical data is stored in our software.
What does your average day consist of?
As well as the European team, I also run an integration product. I start with anything arising from my 2 Indian teams on this and catch up with overnight status from India and the US. I then earwig on the Europe team’s standups to get status. The team is self-organising so they take little management. Mornings focus on 1-1s with the staff and any project work that needs direction. The US start around 1pm, so after lunch my day is spent more on the phone / telepresence with my colleagues. I’m looking at improving technical agile practice across our part of the global R&D team – about 300 people.
What is it that you enjoy most about your job?
I love that my teams are high-performing agile teams, so that allows me to focus on being a true agile manager. I set goals and coach the teams to help them achieve them. That allows me to focus on people and technology rather than tasks and status.
What do you consider to be the best Software Development breakthrough in the last 10 years?
Two things. The credibility of self-organising, agile teams, and the concept that developers and QAs work together to write automated tests to prove their software works and keeps working.
What do you see as the next big thing in Software Development?
Xamarin. Apps are pervasive and require teams with multiple skillsets. Anything that takes that pain away will be a panacea for development managers.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
Alistair Cockburn probably. Crystal Clear is still very relevant 10 years on. Come to think of it, Fred Brooks is still relevant 40 years on.
Apart from working in a technical role, if you had the choice of anything in the world, what would be your dream job?
Probably an international food writer. Travel the world… eat at the best restaurants… things could be a lot worse than that.Curve IT
If you could put one thing into room 101 what would it be?
Artificial deadlines. I have seen so many projects choked by meaningless dates plucked out of the air by managers. Some things have to be ready by a certain date, otherwise trust your teams to do a good job with a sense of urgency.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I’m a board game geek and love spending time in the kitchen. I cook good authentic Indian food.
In your opinion, what is the best chocolate bar?
Anything white, especially KitKat Chunky.
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