What is the best thing about your job?
Two things; Firstly, the industry moves at such a fast pace so keeping up to date with the latest technologies is challenging but also extremely exciting. Secondly, seeing projects you have managed, designed, and written code for being used by 1000’s of users is very rewarding.
What is your proudest achievement?
Building the extremely talented software development team and processes at Waymark whilst also contributing to business strategy, with David Brophy and Paul Lofthouse, which has seen us grow from three to 15 people in a relatively short time. I’m very proud of that. It’s also been great to get some industry recognition too, winning two awards in the past six months. At home, it’s my wife and children. They are fantastic.
What advice would you give to someone starting in your career?
As a software developer, constantly keep up to date with the latest technologies in your field and never stop trying to improve. Every member of your team has different skills, so appreciate that and don’t be afraid to ask when you don’t know the answer.
Which individual has inspired you most and why?
With regards to tech inspiration, I have followed the top developer guys/bloggers in Microsoft since I can remember. The likes of Scott Hanselman, Scott Guthrie and Troy Hunt are always inspiring me.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Never stop researching. Be a leader, not a manager.
What was the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far?
When starting Waymark with David Brophy, I was in a software developer role working closely with Andrew Blacklock – I was not in management. With Waymark quickly expanding I had to learn a lot about management in my spare time and seek advice from David and Paul. Understanding the differences between a manager and a leader helped me a lot. Doing this while keeping up to date with the latest technologies, working hands on with code with young children at home was difficult.
How is your business going to change in the next 10 years?
The need for software is growing at a fantastic rate. Recruitment will become a bigger issue. Connected devices will soon be everywhere, smart buildings and cities, autonomous cars. I see big growth in VR and AR. We are already researching and working in most of these areas.
What do you like to do out of work?
Spend quality time with my wife, children and family. Research, research, and more research – apparently, I research a lot.
What do you always carry with you?
My laptop goes everywhere with me, and for the rare occasions I don’t have it, I always have my phone.
What would you do if you had to change career?
Loving code and technology so much, this is a very difficult question. I find teaching very rewarding, so I would probably teach people to code/architect.