Working with Me
I am Brendan, when I am not working I enjoy playing video games, rollerblading and just generally being a couch potato. A fun fact about me is enamoured with Scandinavia and its culture, I also speak Norwegian. (sort of okayish)
If you're just starting out working with me, or perhaps you've worked with me for awhile here are some things about me when it comes to a working environment.
I tend to be more of an analytical and strategic thinker. When it comes to being involved in things I operate under an opt-out model, meaning that I like to be involved in most/all things and then opt-out of the items I do not believe are relevant to me. Doing this helps me keep a grasp on the bigger picture.
My style of communication is very direct and sometimes it can be confrontational, it is never personal. I tend to get pretty passionate about things and sometimes leads to heated conversation. I expect you to call me out when I am wrong or questions my choices as I will do the same for you.
I personally prefer communication via textual mediums such as; Slack or email over phone calls. This does not mean however that I will avoid phone calls/video conferencing as there is also a time and a place for it I just preference Slack/emails to kick the conversations off.
If you need to give me feedback about something I have done well, or poorly my expectation is that this will be done so directly. Especially if it is something I have done poorly. The only way I am going to improve on something is if I know it is something I need to improve.
If I have not responded to you -via any medium- please do not hesitate to prompt me about it. In all likelihood I have read it and gotten distracted.
For the most part I tend to work a pretty standard day. If I am working from home I tend to go out for a 30 minute walk prior to eating lunch. Whilst I say I tend to work a pretty standard day I am always available, essentially 24/7, if you ever need help with anything or just need a chat I am always around on Slack or IM.
If I ever send you anything out of standard hours please do not feel obliged to reply or give feedback until you are back at work. I tend to operate on a push-pop model with information so I find it easier for me to offload information onto the recipient as soon as possible so I don't forget.
My strengths are namely in the technical realm.
I am very strong with Azure, Kubernetes, and Containerisation in general. When it comes to programming I am pretty strong in Golang as well as the majority of scripting languages. For the most part I feel that I am a strong communicator although sometimes potentially too direct. I am exceptionally passionate about my work and the organisation I am working for.
One area I feel I need to grow on is not letting things frustrate me so easily, this is something that I do struggle with so please bare with me. If you think I am being irrational about something please call it out because I will likely agree with you (eventually). I need to grow in the pre-sales engagement part of my job, this is something I am actively working on and am happy to receive assistance or feedback on. I am pretty terrible when it comes to context switching, as a result this can sometimes lead to delayed responses.
Traits I value#
This is just a list of traits that I really value in people I work with.
For this I will just opt for a dot point list of things that frustrate me.
- People spelling my name incorrectly
- People who are late to organised events/meetings without letting me/the organiser know that they are delayed/running late
- People not taking responsibility for their mistakes/actions
As an aside I took the 16 Personalities personality test to see where I would land, below are my results. Perhaps they will provide some value to someone reading this, at the very least I found the process interesting.