I recently have become acquainted with Ben Brumm and his work at Complete IT Professional. We have been getting to know each other and I thougth he would be a great candidate for an IT Profile.
I’ve been working in the IT industry for about 8 years. I started with a role in application support, which involved maintaining systems built in Oracle and PL/SQL for a utilities company. From there, I had a role as a business analyst, and then spent a few years as a business analyst and developer for a telecommunications company. My current role is as a business analyst for that same telecommunications company.
I actually work as a consultant at the moment, which allows me to be employed by one company but change clients every now and then as needed.
Well, my biggest failure so far has probably been developing in a technology that wasn’t the best use for the job, but it was what the client knew. Although I wasn’t really in a position to make decisions on technology, I could have pushed harder and explained the long-term impacts better, to avoid the problems we had later in the project.
A different technology could have been chosen that would have done the job just as well, but would have been easier to maintain, less restrictive, and would not have had as many issues.
My biggest success is probably transitioning into my current role. It was the move from developer to business analyst that I think has been beneficial.
I had always thought that a time would come where I would get into more of a business analyst role, but I hadn’t yet found one. As a developer, it’s hard to move straight into a BA role if you have no experience.
The opportunity came up at one client where they were looking for a BA, and I actually put my hand up and said I can do it. This helped as they already knew how I worked, so I was given the chance. Luckily it worked out and it’s been a good move so far!
I don’t really have an official mentor, but I usually look to the more senior people in the team and on the project for advice.
Changing projects and clients every few years means that I get to work with different people, who are often more experience than me. I notice how they go about their work, how they organise themselves, how they write code, how they deal with other people, and all kinds of behaviours.
A couple of times I’ve asked for advice, and these more senior people have been helpful and suggested things I haven’t otherwise thought of.
Also, my first team leader in my first role was very helpful. I was a fresh graduate and starting in the IT industry was a big step for me, so having him has a team leader really helped.
Current book I am reading:
Right now I’m reading “The Everything Store” by Brad Stone. It’s the story of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and how the company was founded and how he and the company have evolved over time.
Since starting my website, I’ve been reading a lot of business books, and this is my current one. I think it’s good to get different views and perspectives on business, and this book is the latest one I’m reading.
I’m also a big fan of my Kindle, which allows me to load a lot of books onto a small device, and read on the commute to work.
When I’m not working at my job or on my site, I like to spend time with family and friends, going snowboarding, and playing basketball. I’ve been doing both of those for a while, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised might need to find ways to stay active that aren’t as intense!