I’ve heard it said, if there’s such a thing as a career path, it's made of crazy paving.
This perfectly describes my life. I started as a dyed-in-the-wool techy, and spent my youth coding on the Spectrum and BBC Model-B, before working in a number of engineering roles; now I find myself running the Sales and Marketing team at Scott Logic, via being founder and MD of a successful Agile project management consultancy.
Following graduation in Mathematical Sciences, I started my career as a developer with Kodak and Synamic (a consultancy very similar to Scott Logic) before joining Sila Communications, a Reuters’ company, as VP of Engineering.
At Sila, I oversaw the European roll-out of a new project management approach based on Extreme Programming, an early Agile methodology, and in 2002 I took the experience and expertise I'd gained and formed one of the very early Agile consultancies, IndigoBlue.
Rolling forward 12 years at IndigoBlue, we partnered with Scott Logic on a project at ONS, and I was very impressed with the quality of its people, their professionalism, and simply how easy and enjoyable it was to work with them. When the opportunity arose to join them I jumped at the chance.
I haven’t been disappointed. I’ve often commented that I prefer the culture here to that at IndigoBlue, even though I was largely responsible for the latter. The technical excellence I’d seen before pervades the business, and there is a very healthy level of professionalism, but that doesn’t lead to formality.
My team is spread across London, Newcastle, Leeds and Copenhagen, but we regularly get together to collaborate and socialise. Working together on challenges as diverse as the Scottish Government's Payments Platform, NatWest Open Banking, Newcastle Building Society Savings App, SaxoTraderGO, client Christmas parties, office launches, Breakfast Briefings and FINOS meet-ups.
Many companies profess to be a people business when it simply isn’t true. At Scott Logic it is central to our strategy. Our commitment through the People’s Promise differentiates us from any other organisations I’ve previously worked with, and it’s great fun being part of an active social scene, including Playlist Biographies, Bake-Offs, Inktober, and #WeAreLondon.
Unfortunately my colleagues seem to struggle with my sense of humour, not appreciating how hilarious my jokes are. However, after 30 years in industry I’m starting to suspect the problem is me.