Job: Technical Lead
Time at Lexicon: 7 months
What does your typical day at Lexicon look like?
I don’t think I’ve ever had a typical day since I started. Every day is different. I do always try to write a little bit of code each day. We tend to also have several project meetings throughout the day.
What’s been your favourite engagement so far?
I would have to say IAG; there are good problems to solve there and an interesting landscape in terms of technologies. The team there is also great to work with.
So how did you get into what you do? Have you always wanted to be doing this?
I first started coding in college; I did a unit there, and I soon as I’d completed that unit, I knew I wanted to be in the Software Delivery space. It was honestly my calling!!
What were you doing before you joined Lexicon?
Before working at Lexicon, I was working for IOOF (Superannuation and Financial Services) in Melbourne, doing software delivery there too. I joined IOOF in Hobart in my last year of University. Prior to that, I was doing a Bachelor of Computing at UTAS, a double major in Computer Science and Games Technology, all the while working at EB Games.
What’s your favourite thing to do on the weekend?
I love playing video games! I also enjoy exploring Victoria and generally seeing more of the State, as I am still relatively new here. My partner and I recently drove towards the Healesville area, and up towards Black Spur. We try to visit places that we can drive to and from in one day. We are actually going to the Great Ocean Road next weekend for our wedding anniversary! Weekends for me are also about spending time and playing with my nephews, we have a ritual of weekend BBQs, they’re great.
Where’s the best city you’ve ever been to?
I’d have to go with Tokyo. Over there it’s this crazy mix of Eastern and Western cultures, it’s also so chaotic, yet so safe. I guess it’s just a completely different view of the world as opposed to here.
If you had a private chef for a night, what would you get them to make you?
Definitely a really good steak! Sounds so basic, but that would do me, and as a side, I’d have mash potato with mushroom sauce.
What’s something that most people might not know about you?
I have a twin! He too is a Software Developer and we used to work for the same company and sit at the same desk. I’m older by 15 minutes.
Are there any apps or software that you couldn’t live without?
Hmmm, I try not to tie myself to any particular software solution, but I think if you were to take away Visual Studio Code, I’d struggle. In relation to mobile apps, I’d have to say, Messenger. Staying in touch with my friends through Facebook is so essential to me.
What’s the best advice anyone’s ever given to you?
If it’s not going to matter in 5 years, don’t spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it!
Is there any advice you’d give to a junior Developer?
You’re never going to stop learning, so get good at learning.