Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Can you help two AgileScots?

Can help out two friends/colleagues of mine?  They're both on this list. They both lost their jobs when their employers stumbled due to the recession. They're both good at what they do.
I can't name them here, but I'll call them Tim and John.  They're both in their extremely early 40s.

  • John is an outstanding and innovative Agile development manager.  He's also a gifted developer who still actively codes.  He has set-up and managed several successful Agile development teams and, until the recession devastated his former employer, he lead a team of little over 50 staff,  globally.  He's worked in big corporates and small start ups.  I say, without reservation, that John is one of the most inspiring and trustworthy managers I've ever met.  He also has a habit of getting things done.
Where as John is a polished professional, Tim is a diamond in the rough.
  • Tim left school when he was 16 to work in a factory.  In his early thirties he started an Open University Computer Science degree and discovered that he not only loved programming but he was also good at it.  He scored 90+ for virtually every assignment and after graduating he got a good junior-programmer job with a local consulting firm.  He's now had 4 years solid development experience, working in one of the local banks.  His development background is classic ASP and .net, with an emphasis on the database side of things.  He worked for me a few years ago and he's the sort of guy you can throw a meaty, messy problem at and he'll do better than most at untangling it.  You'd happily have a few beers with Tim after work but you wouldn't throw him into a sales meeting.  Tim and I are currently working together on a small not-for-profit cloud-based app.  
Just for the record: I don't do recruitment and I'm not looking for a commission. It's just a shame that these two guys aren't working in jobs they'd love.
If you know someone who might NEED a Tim or a John then contact me at Clarke.Ching@gmail.com.