We hear from Alasdair on Software Development in Leeds

The people behind sky posted on 6 Oct

We hear from Alasdair on Software Development in Leeds

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Name:  Alasdair Munday

Job title: Associate Software Developer

What area of Sky do you work in?  Digital Platforms – Digital Engagement tribe.

What’s your career journey been like up until now?  I graduated from an Electronic Engineering degree at York University in 2016. My studies consisted of a wide variety of technologies including desktop applications and low-level digital signal processing algorithms. It also involved an industrial placement which I spent working for a software company building web applications for competency management and assessment. I’ve also spent time volunteering in schools and managing websites.

I joined through the Software Engineering Academy in July 2016, spending 4 months working with other graduates on a TV content recommendations engine before moving into my current role in Digital Engagement.

What does a typical day working here look like for you? Arrive on my bike at around 9am (hopefully not too wet from the rain). A few of us make a coffee in the kitchen and chat about life, this usually declines into geeking out about some new development in the tech industry or some exciting project that we’re working on.

At 10am we have our stand-up; a short meeting where we discuss what we did the day before and what we’re going to do today.

Beyond stand-up, the rest of our day could involve a number of things: I might develop a new feature or bug fix either pair-programming or solo. I might be involved in a community meeting about a shared platform or a particular technology. I could be participating and/or facilitating a retrospective or a showcase

If you’ve been here over one year, how have you made a difference in your role? Our tribe culture is to have an open table for discussion on how we work and how we could improve. This means that we’re constantly evolving through the input from across the team. It has been a privilege to be able to contribute to these discussions and advocate for good working practices and high standards across our projects.

What’s been your proudest moment since working here? I’ve had the opportunity to deliver presentations in a variety of contexts. Once I was able to deliver a presentation on creating a culture of innovation at the Sky Leeds All-Hands. An event attended by all employees at Leeds Dock. Pretty scary - but a great opportunity to share some ideas and represent my team.

What’s the most enjoyable thing about your job? In our team we have the freedom to approach problems as we see fit. We’ve a very flat hierarchy and everybody feels like their views are equally valid. This has resulted in a culture of ownership, transparency and empowerment.

Describe your work/life balance? I have an active life outside of work, I do some volunteering and play music in my spare time. I’m also involved in the Elixir North meetup for the Elixir programming language community in Leeds. Part of the job is taking on responsibility to support our platforms out-of-hours which is a valuable opportunity to support a platform that sees thousands of requests per minute.

What advice would you give to others trying to develop their career? It’s so important that you care about delivering quality products, constantly learning and improving your process. If you don’t, it’s possible to be ‘Okay’ and slip into the background at best. If you want to excel, you have to care. If you don’t, find a job where you do!

An interesting fact/something no one else knows about you?  My faith is the fundamental driving force behind my ways of working and the source of my confidence and identity. It’s massively influenced how I look at leadership and contributing to community. The value of servant leadership built into our way of working was modelled excellently by a certain Palestinian carpenter/rabbi circa 30 CE.