Hello, I'm Tim.
I help turn the product team’s dreams into engineering reality through years of hands-on experience across the full agile software development lifecycle. I’ve got deep expertise with a diverse range of tech stacks from front-end mobile to backend systems, and 20+ years of experience in building, scaling and shaping teams and projects.
These days I live in Berlin and work as the CPTO at Flagship Founders where we’re digitally transforming the maritime industry.
T-shaped people have one specialism - I’ve got three:
SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT: Expert-level knowledge of software engineering practices with a strong emphasis on building and continuously deploying high-quality, maintainable, test-driven code. I’ve got expert knowledge of modern frontend, backend and mobile development tech such as Node & Ruby, schema-based and graph databases, devops and cloud deployment with CI/CD workflows, and designing and building standards-based APIs.
TEAMS: I’ve built and lead multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, both for projects and for permanent setups. I’ve got a solid understanding of how to quickly get the best out of both new and existing groups – hiring, mentoring, coaching, promoting and occasionally (when reluctantly necessary) firing.
MANAGEMENT: I’ve got deep experience of shaping organisations and implementing Agile processes alongside product and business experts, communicating with all levels from codeface to C-suite. I’m good with other business functions, as well - I don’t do “sales”, but I’ve got an MBA, look good in a suit, and I’m equally happy consulting in the boardroom, debating product features with the PMs, or thrashing out details with techies.
OTHER STUFF: I’m an author - I wrote “Pro iOS Table & Collection Views” published by Apress. I’m a teacher - Swift & iOS development to refugees and migrants at the REDI School; and Ruby, Rails, internet and Linux systems at university undergraduate level. I talk tech: conferences such as Goto, Leaders in Tech and AWSUG. I speak real languages - I’m fluent in English, and have rapidly-improving B/C-ish German.
A quick note to recruiters who’ve read this far: - thanks, but I’m really definitely TOTALLY not interested in UK-based roles. Even yours. Sorry :(