I’ve always been interested in the why; why do we do this? (waterfall process, anyone?) why do we need that? (tons of extra features). In all honesty, I'm not quite sure I chose this profession, nor did it choose me. I would rather say that my curious and challenging mindset served with a portion of luck made me end up as a ninja - and who doesn’t want to be a ninja?!.
What I love about being a Project Manager, is when everything is a total mess (don’t get me wrong, I do like when things run smoothly): bugs all over, a budget about to burst and a timeline expiring faster than I could say "sjörövarspråket" in Sjörövarspråket, and then something happens; the team comes together as a cohesive, well-oiled unit and manage to overcome the seemingly endless hurdles. And, at the end of the day, together, you have created something that actually makes peoples day-to-day business less of a chore (or awesome!). Real user value – that is something I do enjoy.
I've been working in the industry for the last couple of years – and this is probably like saying "Voldemort" in the Gryffindor dorm – but I have never written any code. So, I need to try that out. I would also like to improve my project management skills from a tech point of view (I’m a comms guy to the core).
When I’m not working, I enjoy sports; anything with a ball really: football, tennis, squash, golf. In general I also like to try new things outside my comfort zone – pottery, poetry, pony riding – and in particular I appreciate, Haruki Murakami, Ola Söderholm and First Aid Kit.