Day in the life
“My days tend to start at about 8.30am when I check emails to see if there have been any major issues I need to know about overnight, particularly if the service is live.
“We have quick-fire stand-ups at 9.15am and then 10am. The first is about live issues, which need urgent attention, the second is about what we need to do next and if any ‘blockers’ have been identified.
“Three days a week I’ll then have a catch-up with the client and stakeholders to update them and answer any questions they may have.
“At other meetings we’ll be horizon scanning, looking to see what is coming up over the next two to three weeks and checking with developers to make sure they’re 100 per cent clear on what we need.
“Afternoon meetings tend to be with developers, ensuring everyone has the correct understanding of what needs to be done. There are always queries or problems that need exploring. Afternoons are also for investigating and analysing problems, in an agile way of course.
“We have regular sprint planning sessions when we’ll look at what we have planned for the next two weeks, and we’ll also have spring review sessions where stakeholders can see the work completed in the previous two weeks.
“There are also other meetings that don’t fit into a weekly schedule. We’ll have regular meetings to refine the roadmap of work – what’s coming up, particularly in a live environment when we have a lot of meetings or catch-ups to make sure everything is going as expected.
“Out of work I enjoy sport – particularly playing and watching football, playing golf, running and following NFL (American football). I also enjoy cooking and watching movies.”
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