Where I See Myself in 5 Years

I want to be in a position where I can make a difference. I want to help build and create things that change people, and change the world – even if it’s in a little way. I want to make businesspeople feel powerful about their technologies, and make technologies feel appreciated by their business.

Specifically, I want to be architecting and helping to build solutions that use modern technology stacks. I want to be challenged – like being asked to integrate legacy systems that just can’t be changed, and to make it all work seamlessly. I want to be constantly learning, bringing new technology possibilities to the business, and helping decide which ones are a good fit.

My Greatest Weakness

I get emotional. I get attached. Things that I get passionate about, I don’t let go of easily. I learn from my mistakes, but I fight for the people who have little to no voice and I make sure they come before others like me.

My Greatest Strength

I listen. So many people hear others, but don’t really grasp the entire situation. The big picture comes easily to me, which drives my testing background. My attention to detail gives me an edge that allows me to grasp what isn’t quickly seen. Taking a step back from a situation and seeing many if not all sides, let’s me make decisions based on more than the easy pick.

How I Handle Conflicts at Work

I know this is a big concern for employers – trying to maintain a healthy, productive work environment with all that geek-ego in the room can be tough. I’ve had the usual share of workplace conflict, and I try to handle it professionally. One time, I was tasked with bringing a new solution into our technology stack, and it wasn’t a universally popular decision. I got a lot of pushback – but I stayed calm. The problem wasn’t with me, just what I represented, and I knew that. I acknowledged the concerns, and asked for time to sit down with everyone and really get them out in the open. And I listened. I tried to understand which concerns were just fear of change, and which was had a legitimate basis. I went back to my boss, and we agreed to hold off on a couple of aspects that, frankly, hadn’t been thought out as well as everyone needed. In the end, the whole thing got done, and everyone on the team was a lot happier about the result.