Mentoring

Nothing I love more than growing a team of smart developers.

Sometimes all that raw talent needs nurturing. Talent gets you a lot but out of the box it doesn’t get you use of version control, project estimation and tracking, SCRUM/Kanban boards, unit testing, and so on.

That stuff is hard because the right way to run a dev team depends a lot on the team itself. Big-M methodology books sell well but they can be worse than nothing if naively implemented.

I have a lot of experience growing developers. It’s a gentle art, since devs don’t respond to top down authority. It’s also rewarding as hell to see people that I’ve worked with go on to become amazing professionals.

If you have a team, old or young, that could use some leadership and mentoring, I’d love to talk further. This is one of my passions.

People can talk about code re-use all they want, but good development culture is infinitely more reusable

I first started working with Scotty when I re-joined Gin Lane Media, on re-platforming The Reformation, and architecting Sweetgreen’s Online Ordering system. Scotty lead the architecture decisions in both systems, and mentored the younger dev team in agile and git flow methodologies.

That year was hugely formative for me — not only did my understanding of best practices leap forward dramatically, but I also learnt a lot about alternative system architectures and safer programming models. Scotty’s influence from that year alone has had a big impact on how we now run development sprints and think about code culture at Sanctuary Computer.

—Hugh Francis (Principal)Sanctuary Computer
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