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A Day in the Life of the Dialexa
Software Team
by Doug Platts
https://by.dialexa.com/day-in-the-life-dialexa-software-team
Dialexa
We are on a mission to make every
company a great technology company.
We work with organizations to define and
exe...
Five members of the Dialexa
software development team—
Luke Gordon (VP Software
Development), Simba
Musarurwa (Solutions
E...
HOW DO YOU GET YOUR
DAY STARTED?
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HERE
Simba: I wake up at 4:50, get ready
and then ride my bike to the gym.
After about an hour at the gym, I ride
back, cook br...
Kia: Especially during crunch time on a project, I like to wake up at 7
and get to the office around 8. For me, Post-it no...
Ehis: When you’re a software
engineer, you tend to get stuck in
your own little bubble of work.
So in the mornings, I like...
Having problems defining and executing your
real-world digital transformation strategy?
Download or free eBook:
Enterprise...
WHAT DO YOU DO EVERY DAY TO
INTEGRATE PROJECTS?
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HERE
Luke: One of the biggest things to keep in mind is that
there aren’t any “typical projects” at Dialexa. Every
project is d...
Brady: The standup is our most
important daily meeting as
everyone gives a quick
overview of 3 things—what did
you accompl...
WHEN ARE YOU MOST
PRODUCTIVE?
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HERE
Kia: Simba’s plan to take out the
toughest tasks early might be
the best approach, but I feel
more productive when I build...
Ehis: I don’t necessarily fit the night owl developer stereotype, but
I’m closer to it than others. My productivity defini...
To read more you can find the full article at:
A Day in the Life of the Dialexa Software
Development Team
Get the full wri...
HOW MUCH
INTERACTION DO YOU
HAVE WITH CLIENTS
THROUGHOUT THE DAY?
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HERE
Simba: This is another
question that depends
entirely on the project. A
major project with 10 or 15
team members would hav...
HOW DO YOU OVERCOME ANY
ROADBLOCKS IN YOUR TASKS?
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HERE
Brady: Daily routines might be different for
everyone, but this is something we all agree on. If
there’s something keeping...
WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE SURE YOU
CONTINUE TO GROW (BOTH PERSONALLY
AND PROFESSIONALLY)?
Get the full write up of
this slide...
Ehis: Reading blogs is a great
way to learn how to solve new
problems. One of my favorites is
theInstagram Engineering blo...
Simba: Internal demos and our Lunch and Learn series are two ways Dialexa
helps push both personal and professional growth...
The Lunch and Learn
initiative comes up every
Wednesday when a team
member gives an
educational presentation.
It could be ...
Luke: Stemming from the Lunch and Learn, we also did a Beer and
Learn recently after hours. Instead of the usual internal ...
WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HERE
Kia: I came to Dialexa through a
shared Crossfit connection and
now Crossfit has become a big
part of the Dialexa culture....
Ehis: It’s great to unplug
from technology outside of
work, but I like to stay
creative. I’m a musician, so
when I go home...
DELIVERING RESULTS ISN’T
JUST ABOUT CODING
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HERE
If there’s one thing our
software development team
proves, it’s that delivering
results in the tech world isn’t
just about...
PROPERTY OF DIALEXA LLC ©2018 - CONFIDENTIAL & PROPRIETARY
Thank You
Doug Platts
VP of Marketing
marketing@dialexa.com
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A Day in the Life of the Dialexa Software Development Team

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Our design team has spent a lot of time explaining their processes on the Dialexa blog. But when it comes to our client projects, design is just one piece of the puzzle.

Full write-up: https://by.dialexa.com/day-in-the-life-dialexa-software-team

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A Day in the Life of the Dialexa Software Development Team

  1. 1. A Day in the Life of the Dialexa Software Team by Doug Platts https://by.dialexa.com/day-in-the-life-dialexa-software-team
  2. 2. Dialexa We are on a mission to make every company a great technology company. We work with organizations to define and execute digital transformation strategies to improve business operations and customer experiences. Our services include: • Multi-Year Technology Roadmap • Platform Engineering • User Experience Design • Custom Software Development • Hardware Prototyping /IoT
  3. 3. Five members of the Dialexa software development team— Luke Gordon (VP Software Development), Simba Musarurwa (Solutions Engineer), Kia Wright (Front End Developer), Ehis Ojielu (Full Stack Engineer), and Brady Walker (Software Developer)—took the time to explain what a typical day looks like for them. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  4. 4. HOW DO YOU GET YOUR DAY STARTED? Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  5. 5. Simba: I wake up at 4:50, get ready and then ride my bike to the gym. After about an hour at the gym, I ride back, cook breakfast and do some light reading until about 7:30 when it’s time to head to the office. I ride my bike to work and I’m in by 7:40 to start the day. I make my coffee and start planning my tasks for the day, front loading efforts because I have the most energy earlier in the day. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  6. 6. Kia: Especially during crunch time on a project, I like to wake up at 7 and get to the office around 8. For me, Post-it notes are the best way to keep track of tasks so I spend time in the morning writing out my tasks and sticking them to my monitor. Then as the day goes on, I can get the satisfaction of crushing each one and moving along. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  7. 7. Ehis: When you’re a software engineer, you tend to get stuck in your own little bubble of work. So in the mornings, I like to listen to podcasts while I get ready. The topics could be politics, technology, or anything really just as long as I can think outside of work until I’m in the office. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  8. 8. Having problems defining and executing your real-world digital transformation strategy? Download or free eBook: Enterprise Technology For Business Outcomes Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  9. 9. WHAT DO YOU DO EVERY DAY TO INTEGRATE PROJECTS? Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  10. 10. Luke: One of the biggest things to keep in mind is that there aren’t any “typical projects” at Dialexa. Every project is different whether it’s in hardware, software, or a new industry and we have to be able to adapt our approach. Being T-shaped is the best way we can contribute to integration on a daily basis—thinking where I can offer the most value and where I can help others who are struggling.   Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  11. 11. Brady: The standup is our most important daily meeting as everyone gives a quick overview of 3 things—what did you accomplish yesterday, what will you accomplish today, and blockers for those tasks. Understanding the blockers is most important because it helps us collaborate better and see where we can apply the T- shaped mindset. Especially for me in QA, the standup shows me what I need to do to work alongside project managers and developers every day. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  12. 12. WHEN ARE YOU MOST PRODUCTIVE? Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  13. 13. Kia: Simba’s plan to take out the toughest tasks early might be the best approach, but I feel more productive when I build momentum early. I take out small tasks so I can cross them off and start doing my heavy lifting later in the day. There’s always a lull in the afternoon, but early mornings and late evenings are when I get the most done. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  14. 14. Ehis: I don’t necessarily fit the night owl developer stereotype, but I’m closer to it than others. My productivity definitely lies toward the end of the day. After I’ve gained momentum through the morning and afternoon, I take care of the biggest challenges between 3 and 6 (and beyond). It’s like two bursts—in the morning I put out fires and then later in the evening you hit the groove and start moving quickly. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  15. 15. To read more you can find the full article at: A Day in the Life of the Dialexa Software Development Team Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  16. 16. HOW MUCH INTERACTION DO YOU HAVE WITH CLIENTS THROUGHOUT THE DAY? Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  17. 17. Simba: This is another question that depends entirely on the project. A major project with 10 or 15 team members would have a dedicated lead engineer or project manager, so we probably wouldn’t have much client interaction outside of demos. But with a small project, a solutions engineer like me could be the primary point of contact Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  18. 18. HOW DO YOU OVERCOME ANY ROADBLOCKS IN YOUR TASKS? Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  19. 19. Brady: Daily routines might be different for everyone, but this is something we all agree on. If there’s something keeping us from getting a task done, we have to talk it through with someone every time. The general idea is that if you’re stuck for more than 15 minutes, it’s time to talk it out with a colleague for a new perspective. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  20. 20. WHAT DO YOU DO TO MAKE SURE YOU CONTINUE TO GROW (BOTH PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY)? Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  21. 21. Ehis: Reading blogs is a great way to learn how to solve new problems. One of my favorites is theInstagram Engineering blog. But sometimes reading isn’t enough. When I had to learn the new Angular 2 framework for a specific client project, it helped to get practical experience. Building something small with Angular 2 before getting into the client project helped me gain a solid understanding of the framework faster than I would have from reading alone. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  22. 22. Simba: Internal demos and our Lunch and Learn series are two ways Dialexa helps push both personal and professional growth. We usually do internal demos at the end of our two-week sprints so we can bring people from outside the project team in to offer a new perspective. When you work on a project so long, it’s easy to lose sight of some of the finer points. A second set of technical eyes helps us all learn more about the work we’re doing. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  23. 23. The Lunch and Learn initiative comes up every Wednesday when a team member gives an educational presentation. It could be on anything really, ranging from highly technical engineering to how to brew the best cup of coffee. We always want to learn more and we want to keep practicing how we share our knowledge with others. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  24. 24. Luke: Stemming from the Lunch and Learn, we also did a Beer and Learn recently after hours. Instead of the usual internal focus, we’ve started focusing on showcasing our lessons for local companies. We gain more experience by teaching and we get to help the local community at the same time. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  25. 25. WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF WORK? Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  26. 26. Kia: I came to Dialexa through a shared Crossfit connection and now Crossfit has become a big part of the Dialexa culture. And on a higher level, I think we all share a similar feeling that exercise is a big part of our free time. When you’re so plugged into technology all day, it’s great to take a break and experience the physical world. I also have a personal goal to take 1 international trip every year and I run a small business in my spare time. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  27. 27. Ehis: It’s great to unplug from technology outside of work, but I like to stay creative. I’m a musician, so when I go home I spend time in my studio practicing my instruments and getting creative with music. And then on the weekends, it’s great to check out the Dallas music scene and play around with fellow musicians. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  28. 28. DELIVERING RESULTS ISN’T JUST ABOUT CODING Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  29. 29. If there’s one thing our software development team proves, it’s that delivering results in the tech world isn’t just about coding. There’s a serious dedication to the projects (so much so that Kia told us she has to commit to taking more breaks to stay productive), but sometimes you have to unplug for the job (and from Slack). Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  30. 30. PROPERTY OF DIALEXA LLC ©2018 - CONFIDENTIAL & PROPRIETARY Thank You Doug Platts VP of Marketing marketing@dialexa.com If you are looking to undertake a digital transformation initiative, contact Dialexa today and see how we can help make your company a great technology company. Get the full write up of this slideshare at https:// by.dialexa.com/day-in-the-life-dialexa-software-team

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