A day in the life
“My day tends to start at 8am – I prefer to start early and finish early. I’ll check the Jira boards to see what updates there are and see what progress there has been. I’ll then prepare for our morning stand up, which involves the whole team at 9am. At the meeting we’ll look at what we have been doing and what we are going to do and identify any issues that need sorting out. It’s a good way to start the day.
“There’s a variety of tasks and jobs to do next, depending on what we’ve got on. We have regular ‘refining’ meetings or we might have meetings with the HMRC communities, or catch-up meetings with stakeholders. That’s one of the joys of the job; no two days are the same.
“Once or twice a week we’ll also have internal Opencast community sessions or I might be interviewing for new members of the Opencast team.
“I break at noon and will move away from my computer. The government has this golden hour when it encourages people to get away from their machines and block an hour out so they don’t have meetings. I think this is very important for mental health and wellbeing.
“I’m back at my desk at 1pm and will work through until 4pm, looking for issues and problems on projects we’re working on. I call it plate spinning, constantly watching for problems and helping with solutions.
“Outside of work I’m a big gamer and have been since childhood when I used to play Asteroids and Space Invaders. That love of gaming has not diminished and I now play strategy games and first-person open world games. Fallout 4 and Football Manager are big favourites at the moment.
“I also write fiction – I’ve had some short stories published and I’m working on a sci-fi novel.”
Senior IT consultant reading
Intent-based leadership – the website of one of my favourite leaders, David Marquet. It’s a real inspiration for me and someone I continue to learn a lot from.
Agile Alliance – a great place for resources, ideas, blogs and chat and links to loads of other sources of information.
Mountain Goat Software – Mike Cohn is someone I have followed for years online. The blogs, advice, hints, tips and resources here are brilliant and have been really useful to me in my agile career.