Work History

I’ve been working in the software development industry full-time since 2002.

 

Consultant / Business Owner

Vylesk
January 2012 – Current

I’ve run Vylesk as a side-business since early 2012. I focused on building websites for small business until 2017 when bespoke website development lost financial viability.

In 2017 I merged with a friend’s software business. We are now 2 owners with 2 full-time software development staff. The focus of the business now is advisory consulting for start-ups and small business, and the development of more efficient workflow automation and communication processes.

We build and fully-support customised workflow automation and collaboration tools for customers. Solutions are built on top of a bespoke web application/portal platform that is designed around security, privacy, usability and flexibility.

I currently wear many hats, including:

  • Business development, sales and marketing
  • Customer support
  • Product and platform design
  • Software architecture and design
  • Software development (programming)
  • Software development lead and management

 

Software Developer

Datacom
September 2015 – September 2018

Datacom is a typical mid-tear consultancy that treats people like machines. I left in September 2018 to work full-time for myself after becoming fed-up with the attitude of the project and senior management.
I was primarily a .NET software developer, but also a lead on 2 projects.

Client Project: Red Cross Blood Service (Developer) (website)
January 2018 – PresentDevelopment of a custom web application to perform registration and matching of organ donors and recipients.
I was attached to the team as a developer at the tail end of the project going into overtime.Responsibilities:

  • Full-stack developer (.NET and Angular 5).

Technologies & Tools: Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Visual Studio 2017, Angular 5, .NET 4.6, NUnit/Moq, AutoMapper, Entity Framework, SQL Server

Client Project: Bupa (Operations Lead / Developer) (website)
March 2017 – January 2018

Migration of a core Bupa COBOL application from Unix to Wintel. Located on-site beside Bupa SMEs and another consultancy contracted to perform testing. Our team included leads and developers in Melbourne and developers in Vietnam.
A challenging project due to politics and poor delivery expectations, but the core delivery team was one of the most cohesive, supportive and capable teams I’ve worked with.

Responsibilities:

  • Developer for 3 months (migrating COBOL files).
  • Interim Technical Lead (then assisted the Technical Lead ongoing).
  • Operations Lead – working with Bupa stakeholders in preparation for go-live and development/process changes.
  • Team support, new developer onboarding and assistance.
  • Identified, analysed, and performed de-duplication of duplicate migrated files (approx. 12,000 files).
  • Technical Documentation.

Technologies & Tools: Micro Focus Visual COBOL, Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Visual Studio 2015

Client Project: Australian Unity (Team Lead / Developer) (website)
September 2016 – February 2017

We designed and developed a set of patterns and tooling around existing .NET and Sitecore applications, allowing Australian Unity to rapidly create new AWS development/test and deploy application sets to them. Starting alone with a proof of concept, we finished with 2 other developers and I took the reins as team lead.

This project was a DevOps success and one of the most satisfying I’ve been involved in, showing the true value of scripting Cloud environments and application deployments.

Project outcomes:

  • Ability to repeatedly and reliably create new “environments” (dev, test, production) in AWS containing multiple VMs from configuration files.
  • Deploy applications to target environments using Octopus Deploy.
  • Developed a custom orchestration to manage configuration and creation of environments in AWS and coordination with Octopus Deploy.

Responsibilities:

  • De-facto team lead (3 developers).
  • Design and development of an orchestration tool that managed AWS environment creation and automated setup/linking of corresponding environments in Octopus Deploy.
  • Work with Australian Unity developers and stakeholders.

Technologies & Tools: Visual Studio 2015, ASP.NET MVC 4.x, Angular 1.2, Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 & CloudFormation, Octopus Deploy, Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), TeamCity

 

Software Developer

Belong – Powered by Telstra
November 2014 – July 2016

Sub-Contract for Object Consulting. Belong is an Australian broadband provider and a subsidiary of Telstra.

Responsibilities:

  • Front-end web developer. New feature development, defect resolution, and BAU development.
  • A/B test development and management of website optimisation campaigns.
  • Team support and mentor to incoming developers.

Technologies & Tools: Adobe Target, Optimizely, Grunt, Middleman, SASS/CSS, JavaScript, Knockout.js.

 

Software Developer

Object Consulting
September 2014 – October 2014

Short-contract role. Front-end web developer.

 

Software Developer

PageUp
August 2014 – September 2014

Contract role. Full-stack software developer (.NET/web).

 

Software Developer

Village Roadshow
May 2014 – August 2014

Contract role. Full-stack software developer (.NET/web).

 

Software Developer

Maurice Blackburn Lawyers
April 2013 – November 2013

Contract role. Full-stack software developer (.NET/web).

 

Data Management Consultant

Transurban
July 2010 – July 2011

Sub-contract role for Zenith Solutions (Aust) Pty Ltd. Data migration analyst.

 

Software Developer

eNett
April 2010 – June 2010

Contract role. Front-end ASP.NET web developer.

 

Software Developer

City of Melbourne
August 2009 – March 2010

Contract role. Full-stack software developer (.NET/web/Access database applications/SQL Server).

 

Software Developer / Consultant

Prima Consulting
January 2008 – June 2009

Permanent full-time role. Full-stack software developer (.NET/web/VBA/Access database applications/SQL Server).

 

Software Developer / Consultant / Lead

ParagonIT
March 2002 – December 2007

Permanent full-time role. Full-stack developer (Classic ASP/.NET/web/VBA/Access database applications/SQL Server).

Software Developer / Architect

Private Work
January 2012 – May 2018

In the past, I have developed and maintained WordPress websites for small businesses and developed several cloud-hosted application prototypes.

I am currently designing and managing the development of a WordPress-based portal for a university college (private customer), with a progressive release schedule up to December 2018.

Responsibilities:

  • Business activities.
  • Customer engagement and support.
  • Managing staff.
  • Software design and architecture.
  • Software Development.

Technologies & Tools: Azure Websites, .NET, Bootstrap, Vue.js, WordPress, PHP, Trello, Slack, Github, Google product suite.