Introducing Michael Gardner
I work in IT and Management Consulting. Organisations come to us because they have a problem they need solved or a solution they need implemented. It’s a fun job to work in because every client is different, and every project is unique. We create solutions using a variety of technologies and implement solutions using agile methodologies, business and process analysis and change management techniques to ensure solutions fit and stick.
I work as an agile program manager and spend most of my time either managing my team of project managers and business analysts, or managing projects themselves. I say agile because we focus our methodology on agile and transparent ways of working and interacting with our clients and stakeholders.
In my spare time, when not spending time with my family, I like to code. I was once paid as a software developer (I say that with a hint of surprise), but these days I do it as a hobby, and I still get a kick out of it. While I harbour visions of being able to release something successful of my own into the world, it’s still fun and rewarding to just learn new skills and constantly evolve my capabilities.
Naturally, as someone who spends their life in and around technology, I spend time reading HackerNews, and listening to podcasts like Indie Hackers among others. Not only do I enjoy hearing about new products and services that are out there in the market, but I love hearing and reading about the stories of how people went about it, what challenges they faced and how they overcame them.
In this blog, I will focus on me and my interests, which include project management, agile methodologies, and anything else that interests me. The more time I spend in technology, the more I realise how passionate I am about managing projects and managing teams and advocating for those that do that job for a living and pushing for people to do that job well.
So much of our life is spent undertaking work of some kind. It’s my belief that we might as well have fun doing that work and treat each other with respect, care and consideration while doing it.