Ian started at SoftSource Consulting in 2014.
Bachelor of Science IT – Software Emphasis
Western Governors University
Salt Lake City, Utah
Six Questions with Ian
When did you first start programming and with what language/computer and what did you like the most about this programming experience?
I started programming in high school using Pascal and later Turbo Pascal. I loved learning how to get a computer to do what I wanted. I enjoyed the challenge of figuring out new commands and libraries and how to use them.
Describe a project you’ve been involved with which you consider to be your greatest success so far. What made it so successful?
I was working on a mortgage servicing website that merely displayed the current mortgage information for a user. By the time I left, I had helped build a team that had completely redesigned the website into a self-service portal. It allowed customers to do everything from making payments to filing hardships to changing addresses. It was great to see a team grow and work together to create such a rich user environment. Having a team of great developers working together made the project a huge success.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far in your career?
Only a team of developers can write good software. Any single developer by themselves can only write adequate software. Working with other developers, discussing the issues, and the solutions always improves the final solution. Working in a silo by yourself rarely produces good, maintainable software.
If computers and related technology didn’t exist, what do you think your career would be?
Hmm… I think I’d be a marine biologist. That was one of the two choices I was leaning towards when I went off to college the first time. But then, I don’t think that would have been nearly as much fun.
When it’s time to turn off the computer, what do you do instead?
Family time. I am a scout leader, an assistant baseball coach, and foremost a husband and father. I have two wonderful kids and one awesome wife. Spending time with them is my joy.
Anything else you think the world would like to know about you?
I enjoy games of all sorts. From card games to board games to computer games. I recently taught my son to play Magic: The Gathering. There is nothing more exciting than teaching or learning a new game.