Kirsty Luke is Head of Development at E-days and we managed to sneak her away from her computer for a quick chat about her role and our awesome Development team!
How long have you worked for e-days?
You know how sometimes you are having such a good time that you completely lose all track of time? I’ve only been with e-days since the start of the year but it feels like it’s been home forever.
Tell us a bit about your background before e-days
I have a degree in Aeronautical Engineering but the number one thing I learned at Uni was that engineering wasn’t the right career for me. Luckily, I’ve been coding in one way or another since my parents bought a ZX Spectrum for Christmas when I was six. My first development job was writing CRM software for a telesales team, and since then I’ve worked in big and small consultancies, big and small SaaS providers, a creative digital agency and most recently looked after the in-house development for a major player in the leisure industry. I love to learn new things!
What does a normal day look like for you?
If I find out, I’ll let you know… Seriously, though, part of the fun of working for a small company is the number of different things you can do to make a difference. On any given day you may find me doing any of these: playing the Scrum Master role for my team, working with our Product Owner to plan future development, doing code and UI design reviews, running technology workshops, optimising builds, extoling the virtues of SOLID, working on various DevOps things, looking after the team, or posting cat videos on Slack. I even write code occasionally!
How would you describe your management style in 3 words?
Nobody left behind.
How would you describe the environment within the Development Team?
I’m really happy with my team right now. We have a good balance between serious professionalism and wild creativity, with a sprinkling of fun on top. Mostly, what makes it all work is that there are no egos and nothing makes me happier than when one of the team comes up with a better idea than mine!
What do you look for in new people coming to work in your team at e-days?
Obviously there are some required technical skills that everyone needs to have, but beyond that I try to look at people as they could be rather than how they are right now. Software development is a continuous cycle of learning new skills so someone with the ability and desire to push the envelope will always stand out.
What do you love about working for e-days?
The number one attraction for me was that our CTO and CEO are both committed to building a great product the right way. I’ve worked for other companies where basic concepts like technical debt were constantly ignored and where fast was always deemed to be better than good. E-days isn’t like that.
Why do you think e-days software is special?
A product can only be as good as the people that make it, and e-days has amazing people in every role.
What words of advice would you offer someone putting their application together for e-days?
Don’t be afraid to show your personality. A CV can be more than just a list of things you know and places you’ve worked.