Hi, my name is Gareth Downing, welcome to my blog.
For the last 7 years I have been the Development Manager for a range of software companies where I have had total ownership of the design, creation and maintenance of numerous enterprise level web applications. In each role I have been responsible for managing the resources in addition to working with stakeholders to ensure products are delivered on time and to the required quality, if not exceeding quality. I manage the training, appraisals, monitoring and recruitment of the teams. My greatest talent is being able to identify significant savings and to introduce new processes successfully to improve company performance. My management style is very cooperative and seeks to bring out the most from everyone in a constructive manner.
In my spare time I am midway through a Masters in Software and System Security at Oxford University where I have received distinctions for all my assignments. I am very passionate about continuous improvement and have been exposed to the latest thinking from some of the greatest teachers and peers in the country if not the world. I am especially keen on Agile methodologies and tools in addition to using “S.O.L.I.D.” architecture.
I’m now hoping that I can share and discuss topics which interest me so please do let me know your thoughts.