Chad started at SoftSource Consulting in 2008.
Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Six Questions with Chad
When did you first start programming and with what language/computer and what did you like the most about this programming experience?
Programming started at a very early age when my cousins and I started messing around with a VIC-20 and Commodore 64. I can remember typing in lines of code from various magazines and books to see what would happen. It all seemed like magic. In high school a small group of us started a computer programming class using Pascal on old 286 based PCs and programmed our TI-81 calculators to aid us in all our testing needs. The possibilities were endless.
Describe a project you’ve been involved with which you consider to be your greatest success so far. What made it so successful?
I’m not sure I could pin point one project to the be greatest success, but the qualities common to all my successful projects has been shared understanding and mutual respect. When members at every level of a team share a common vision, understand that every role is important, that every idea is worth discussion and that the project is greater than the individual then the project will become a success.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far in your career?
Always do what’s best for the project, even if that means not using the cool new shiny toys or telling your boss that using his cool new shiny ideas are not what’s really needed (of course if the new shiny will add value to the project then by all means you must use it).
If computers and related technology didn’t exist, what do you think your career would be?
If computers did not exist, I would still be a builder of things. Whether building structures, machines, life in the garden and farm, or Lego creations with the kids I would be building something.
When it’s time to turn off the computer, what do you do instead?
Family time and Farm time. My wife and kids keep me busy with Lego Robotics, Star Wars movie marathons, board games, card games, soccer, basketball and many other fun filled activities. After that there are always farm chores to do in order to care for the horse, the cow, the goats, the chickens, the dogs, the cat and whatever other animals happen to be within our fences at the moment.
Anything else you think the world would like to know about you?
First and foremost is Family.