Making stuff for the interwebs is more fun than it has ever been thanks to these
three that make up an epic team of tools. Throw in a little creative thinking by
the developer and the possibilities are seemingly endless.
Python is really my first love in coding. Everyone loves Python! It's so easy play with,
but you can really do almost anything with it these days.
In college, I learned Python and a 3D graphics package so that I could model various
math and physics concepts. I even modeled my own little solar system. All the planets
ultimately crashed into each other, so it's a good thing I didn't make our solar system.
I wish I had version control through college! My version tracking scheme basically went by the number of times
"final" was in the name, and I ended up with "ReportFinal_REAL_Final_FINAL_FINAL.doc" and other ridiculous names.
Now, we have great tools like Team Foundation Server and Git. And GitHub is a cool place to see what other people
are doing or find a solution to a problem you're stuck on!
Before I was a legit developer, I focused on being a whiz with Excel. And it paid off! Because of my ability
to use the software for data anlysis, I was quickly and continually promoted. Many businesses are still completely
lost when it comes to data analysis because they don't know how to harness the power of Excel.
I've made countless spreadsheets: some are ugly but insightful, some are beautiful forms, and many have become integral
components of business processes at my past employers. I keep some of my favorites laying around for nostalgia.
My life has been a constant exercise in adaptation. As a result, it's like I was born for Agile Development. It just makes
sense. Besides, it's probably the only chance of me ever being part of a Scrum.
I'm keenly aware of the obstacles companies face when trying to implement processes, such as Agile. There is a lot talk
of people who are really just "pretending to do scrum," and many of the issues are related to employee buy-in and participation.
I am not that person: if there's a process, I follow it. If I disagree with it, I try to help improve it.
The tech world is constantly changing. What's cutting edge today, may be obsolete in the
future. A developer who doesn't want to grow and continue learning is not going to be
useful when the world around them changes and they don't.
One of may favorite tools is Hipster Ipsum.
They joke about how using Bootstrap is already outdated. (Note: this is Bootstrap!)
We spend a lot of time with our co-workers, and it's important to not get on each other's
nerves. Being likeable comes naturally to me as I'm highly self-aware: I chew with my
mouth closed, I focus on positivity in the workplace, and make others feel welcome.
You can't get everything done alone. Neither can I. As a team? Absolutely! But an integral
part of functional teams is knowing you can trust and depend on your teammates. You can depend
on me, but I expect the same in return.
A person with excellent communication skills is a great listener. That's what I've learned over
the years, and I'm an active and excellent listener. However, when it is time for me to speak,
I can express myself thoroughly to individuals or groups.
I've refined my skills over the years in high-stakes environments, and often the difference
between the company's success and failure was my performance. That's a lot of pressure, but
I've learned to manage stress and stay focused.
When the situation is chaotic and ambiguous, I maintain composure, focus and get it done...
while still smiling!
While working in the automotive world, I spent several years in a managment role.
As I transitioned from being a co-worker to being a supervisor, I learned and re-learned
countless skills that apply to everyday life.
The automotive industry is really a training ground for learning how to work with all different
types of people. As a result, I'm highly-skilled in customer-facing situations.
Whether the role is focused on internal or external customers, I've got it handled. Even with
"difficult" customers, I can still be effective. My goal is to ensure that customers have a positive
experience with me and the organization.
Data is everywhere these days, but most of the time it's just sitting there, waiting to be
analyzed. My belief is that you don't have to be a data scientist to make use of the information
available: anyone can do it!
One are where I excel: turning data into actionable intelligence. Whether it's to improve an
internal process or a fundamental shift in business strategy, I'm on the lookout for improvements.
A goal is pointless if you don't have a plan to achieve it. My ability to effectively
create and implement strategic plans is a result of combining my leadership, process,
analytical, and human skills.