Department of  Computing

Applications of Computing in Industry : Lecture

12 November
12pm, LT308 Huxley
company: The Guardian

Title: Agile: Cohesion through Collaboration

Developing software and websites in a commercial setting is something university doesn't prepare you for. We aim to help shed some light on the Agile software delivery cycle, the roles involved in turning ideas in to reality as quickly as possible and the tools used to make this happen. The Guardian has a history of being an industry leader, this is how it happens.

Speaker Details: Adrian Kerry, Lindsey Dew and James Gorrie

Adrian Kerry
Studied Multimedia Computing at Coventry University specialising in Usability in Design. My first job out of university was a graduate scheme for a testing consultancy, after which I moved a small rural office of a global publishing firm where I worked up from a Junior QA Analyst up to a QA Lead and Scrum Master. From there I moved to a Digital Agency for a change of scene - whilst here I moved up to be the Head of Department and line managed three people before moving on to the Guardian to work on the mobile applications as a QA Lead. Currently I am working with the Open development team as a QA Lead and Scrum Master.

Lindsey Dew
Studied maths at University of Birmingham. My first job out of university was a graduate internship in finance at the Department for Work and Pensions. I undertook several roles in the public and charity sector working in admin, before applying for a Graduate Software Developer role at the Guardian two years ago. In this role I learned programming and web skills on the job. I have worked on the open platform at the Guardian, which has involved developing the commenting platform, and moderation tools. Currently working on the "Growth Hacking" project, where our goal is monitor and increase traffic to the Guardian website.

James Gorrie
Never studied formally. Went through a myriad of apprentices from Printing Presses to Jazz and then played music for a couple of years. After finding an interest in the creation of things through technology (mainly through family studying and working in technology), took up programming on side and other creative projects. Moved to London, worked within and run parts of departments for agencies for about five years, then moved client side wanting to be able to work on a project with more longevity. Worked on Core, Dot Com & Identity teams within the Guardian - but now working on the Open Platform with a passion to empower readers to be able to contribute and have an open opinion on our journalism, and perhaps journalism as a while.

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