I'm excited to unveil the first of what I hope are many interviews with members of My developerWorks. Let me know what you think about it...
This week, we're putting the spotlight on Gary Barnett.
Gary is the technology analyst and CTO at the Bathwick Group
and he's recently started a blog on My developerWorks
. Learn more about Gary in the interview below and you can also find out more about him here: Visit his profile and add him to your colleagues
-Visit his blog
- Follow on Twitter What project are you most proud of ?
I was once put in charge of a post-prod support team of 60 developers, with an 8 month backlog of work-items.
In 6 months we'd managed to reduce the backlog to 1 day for Severity ones, and two weeks for all others.
It was the toughest job I've ever had - the team I joined was demoralised, undervalued and generally unhappy but we got it done with a combination of pizza and coke, reducing the team to 20 people and returning the others to development, weekly prizes (one for the biggest effort, one for the best fix and one for the biggest screw-up) and a really really strict rule about bouncing proper bugs back to the people who'd had the temerity to put them into production in the first place...
Regarding the prizes - As it happens, HR stopped me from taping a giant inflatable banana to the monitor of the person who made the biggest screw-up in the preceding week, because they were worried I was creating a "hostile working environment" - despite the fact that I'd had it taped to my monitor more times than anyone else!Have you ever invented something?
Not quite "invented" But I've just finished the prototype for a circuit board with an on-board microcontroller and GPS chip that can control up to 6 servos either via "autopilot" or radio-modem. A project that began when my son got a radio controlled boat for
his birthday and asked if he could turn the lights on and off and operate the crane remotely.
I often wonder how many projects begin with the words"Sure! How hard can that be?"Are you a gadget person? What type of gadgets do you use?
Not normally a gadget person, but I am a crazed iPhone addict and evangelist. There's very little in the iPhone that RIM or Nokia couldn't have done before - But Apple just out-designed them.... now the best that RIM can do is create an "imitation iPhone" (and IMHO the Storm blows when compared to the iPhone). A very important lesson in innovation - you can't do it once and then stop, you have to keep on doing it.What are some of your favorite websites/feeds/twitter accounts to follow?
Too many to list! I have nearly 100 blogs in my RSS feeder, I follow 50 people on twitter. I do have to mention, though, James Governor's "Monkchips" (http://www.redmonk.com/jgovernor/) very smart, interesting guy who I admire a lot (Of course I don't agree with him all the time... but he's worth a read).
I'm on twitter as "thinkovation"Who was your first service provider
In 1988 I snaffled my girlfriend's university dial-up account, then joined Compuserve.When did you first access the internet?
1989 - Don't remember calling it "the internet" back then!Email or text messaging?
Oh lots of both! Love texting tho.Star Wars or Star Trek?