A sample of projects I've helped deliver in recent years.
Back in 2009 I had the idea for a service that would help people running events get them listed across listings sites and social media with a single click. Three years later crowd.fm launched. It even managed to secure some happy paying customers. Ultimately the business failed, but I learnt a metric ton about building and launching software products along the way.
I contracted as a Ruby developer on GOV.UK primarily working on whitehall, the central publishing system that drives the bulk of the UK government’s content. Whilst there I was responsible for upgrading the application from Rails 3 to 4 and tech led the early efforts to shift it from a single monolithic application to a more service-oriented architecture.
Co-op Digital wills service
I was tech lead on The Co-op’s first live digital service. Whilst quite simple in terms of actual software, the project itself was a complicated one that took a lot of effort to get live, mostly because The Co-op as an organisation had a more traditional IT function and was not used to shipping agile and iterative software projects.
Report Management Information, Crown Commercial Service
I joined this troubled project to replace a legacy system that is used by suppliers to report sales made to public sector organisations in the UK. The project had a small team, considerable scope and an ambitious delivery schedule. On top of that a complicated upfront architectural design was hampering the team’s ability to deliver. Over the course of several months I was able to drive the effort to manage the scope, phase the delivery, simplify the architecture and successfully deliver the replacement system.
Claim additional payments service, Department for Education
Here I led a new team from a standing start to deliver a service that was able to start making payments to teachers in less than six month in an organisation that was only beginning to learn how to deliver digital services. Along the way we passed two GDS-style service assessments, achieved WCAG 2.1 AAA accessibility and paid out £3.4 million to teachers.
This is a UK government service, the source code for which is publicly available on GitHub.