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This week we caught up with CrowdControlHQ Software Engineer, Liviu Blidar to discuss his nomination for Graduate Developer of the Year in the upcoming Silicon Canal Tech Awards, what it means to him, and what he gets up to outside of the office!

Before we get into the questions, we want to say congratulations again to Liviu for being shortlisted for Graduate Developer of the Year in the #BrumTechAwards2018. It's a fantastic achievement that's very well deserved and we're super proud to work alongside you! ๐Ÿ‘

1. Whatโ€™s your role at CrowdControlHQ?

I actually have two roles in the Development Team! The first is that I'm a Software Engineer and so I work on developing new features as well as improving existing functionality for our customers. 

My second role is Scrum Master which is essentially a position dedicated to supporting the people and processes in the Development Team. I take responsibility for helping other team members if they're stuck in any phase of the development and will work with them to find a solution. ๐Ÿ’ก

Scrum Master is a role that's key to Agile software development and Scrum is a variation of Agile that we use at CrowdControlHQ. This style of development is all about putting customers first by getting working software into their hands sooner, and then taking customer feedback to iterate on the functionality to get the right fit!

2. What does your typical working day look like?

I can't really describe a typical day as it varies so much! For example today I got into the office at 7am and I'm going to split my time across two projects:

1) Working out how to improve our development processes working with our Head of Technology ๐Ÿค”

2) Continuing an existing software engineering project โžก๏ธ

We do have a few regular structures in place such as a daily stand up at 10am where we each discuss what we're working on that day. My goal for these sessions is to guide the team to share the most valuable information that will help us to all work better as a team. 

3. Whatโ€™s the best part of your job?

I really enjoy showing our work to the rest of the company in our showcase every other week. It's great to see how every member of the team's work contributes to bringing the whole product forward and how everything works together. You can get a real sense of the progress we've made over the 2 week period! ๐Ÿ’ช 

After the showcase we start our planning for the next 2 week phase of work. I like this element of our work because we take business priorities and customer feedback and convert these needs into software and features. It can be quite challenging and requires strong problem solving but I think that's why it's so rewarding when you get it right and solve a customer challenge, or deliver a fantastic new feature!

Of course, the best part of this week has been finding out that I'm shortlisted for an award! ๐Ÿคฉ

4. What does being shortlisted for Graduate Developer of the Year mean to you?

It means a lot, this would be my first award and being recognised for the work that I do is an amazing feeling. It shows that the business appreciates what I'm doing and being recognised within the wider development community is awesome! ๐Ÿ˜Š

5. Can you tell us a bit about what youโ€™re currently working on?

At the moment we're focussed on a project to update and refresh our content posting-out process within the CrowdControlHQ software. 

This is a really important project because creating content is what the majority of our users do and so it needs to be as quick, effective, and user-friendly as possible. Look out for updates on this soon! ๐Ÿ‘€

6. What do you get up to outside of work?

I love playing computer games in my spare time - at the moment I'm playing Assassins Creed Origins and League of Legends which I would both highly recommend! ๐ŸŽฎ

On the weekends my girlfriend and I also love going on mini-breaks. We recently went to London and Oxford which were lovely. ๐ŸŽ’

7. Finally, can you tell us an interesting fact that few people know about you?

I've been studying Japanese for a year and I'm planning a trip to Japan to test out the phrases I've learnt. ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ต

I also think not many people know that I grew up on a farm and so my knowledge of farming is pretty good, in particular I've got quite a few tips on crop rotation! ๐Ÿ˜‚

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