2 November 2016

About me

Thanks for dropping by!

My name's Mark, and for the last 9.5 years, I've worked at Jagex as a Java Web Systems Developer, rising through the ranks to a Senior, then a Lead with additional line-management responsibilities. I became one of the main go-to guys of the department for the entire business, helping people from other developers, to marketing, to support teams, and everyone in-between.

I've been heavily involved in designing and implementing countless projects over the years, ranging from small bugfixes, to creating an entirely new Accounts system from scratch. Take a look at some of the highlights here!

The Technologies section of the homepage showcases my main areas of development experience. I'm constantly researching and investigating new technologies, so this is likely to grow.

I'm also Scrum Certified, and have led two development teams:

"Business As Usual" Team - Kanban

This was a fast-moving reactionary team, working on live bugfixes and small feature requests. Kanban worked perfectly as priorities changed on an almost daily basis, and the work was small enough not to require the structure and protection Scrum provides.

"Team Meteor" - Scrum

This team's main focus was larger-scale projects, primarily to support the in-development game and website for Chronicle: RuneScape Legends, but also to lay the foundations for the future of Web at Jagex. Using Scrum was the obvious choice, as it gave the team more protection from change requests during the sprint, allowing them to concentrate on implementing the required features.

I really enjoy designing and implementing new systems and features - it gives me a thrill when it all works perfectly, especially if it happens first time! Writing neat, easily-understandable and easily maintained code is very important to me, as is effective and clear communication with everyone involved in a project.

There's always exciting new tools, frameworks and development approaches being introduced, and I enjoy always pushing my knowledge and understanding. I was respected as a mentor to almost everyone in the department, and I enjoy helping others.

Please do get in touch with how I may help you!

Other Fun Facts About Me

  • I'm a classically trained musician, and a freelance trumpet player in the Cambridgeshire area. I'm also re-learning the piano, after a break of over a decade.
  • I'm a motorcyclist as well as a car driver.
  • I'm a member of a film-making group in Cambridge, and have helped out on several projects, behind and in front of the camera.
  • I'm registered with several Film/TV Extras agencies, and one Casting agency, and have been a Stormtrooper for Star Wars Episode 8.

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