Before Makers I worked in science publishing for a decade. I was a Project Coordinator at Springer Nature (2,500 staff) doing project management, operations strategy, and working with others (developers, external editors, management…), & I trained science editors on how to use the online peer review system. Before that I managed a team for BMC (200 staff) on the BMC series (flagship journals in Biology & Medicine subjects) – all online, open access, making research available for everyone and maintaining integrity in science research. Lots of Excel, data analysis, and a tiny bit of SQL. On top of that I worked in print production for Springer Healthcare (150 staff) with designers and global contractors (printing, & delivery), using lots of print domain specific knowledge.
For a long time I was the person apologising for problems with the workflow, from now on I want to be on the team solving problems. I enjoy breaking problems down, getting to the bottom of an issue and figuring out a way to solve it. I love the idea that software is always changing, growing with the people who use it. I love love love writing a program that does what you want it to!
I don’t consider myself a stereotypical developer, so I think it’s really cool that I can have a career where I program for humans not machines