Work

I am a web developer and agile practitioner with a diverse background in engineering and management.

I have been coding, leading, mentoring and facilitating for 20 years.

I'm originally from Lisbon, Portugal, where I cut my teeth as an engineer and manager, acquiring experience for 15 years across a few industries and companies of different sizes and cultures.

I moved to London in 2011 worked 4 years at EF Education First and, most recently, as the Head of Frontend at Property Partner.

I'm currently working as a full-time Scrum Master for an exciting company in London.

Mission

To experiment, learn, and grow in collaboration, inspiring others to do the same.

Values

Love, Freedom and Imagination.

Courage, Integrity and Loyalty.

Agile Practitioner

2003

(Re)discovering Agile since I first came across a certain manifesto, while leading a team of young and brave developers, working on an innovative product.

Picked up elements of XP and Agile Modelling and started designing together, writing tests, pairing and reviewing. Working as a team.

2008

So excited about Scrum, after running a few ScrumBut explorations, that I got a CSP certification the next year.

Since then, regardless of my role as a Developer, Team Lead or Tech Lead, I have been half Scrum Master in most of the teams I have worked with, integrating valuable lessons about commitment, mindfulness, courage, respect and vulnerability.

2015

At PP in a complex role with responsibilities in engineering, management and process. A constant challenge to balance coding, leading, mentoring and facilitating.

Guided the team towards a more mature Scrum, gradually introducing new activities, tools and artefacts, and facilitating meaningful retrospectives and actionable insights.

Together, we grew to deliver at a constant and sustainable pace, releasing code to production every other day.

Now, next

Exploring Lean, Kanban, Kaizen and others. Gradually integrating them. Picking up concepts, teachings and tools, and consolidating new values and practices through my professional experience.

Engineering Experience

1995

My story with computers goes way back. Forward to 1995, when I created my first personal website. The browsers at the time? Navigator and IE2. And dial-up bandwidth, on a good day, 30 kbps.

1999

Me and some friends created our own webshop, developed a CMS in PHP3, streamlined a sales+delivery pipeline and went on to create websites for dozens of companies and institutions.

Unfortunately, the dot-com bubble was bursting. We were kind of late to this party, we had to move on.

2002

Leading a small team of brave developers, designing and creating an innovative product, a first of the kind in the automation industry.

Mostly using web technologies for UI, but also going full hands-on with industrial hardware - networks, card readers, gadgets and sensors of every kind.

Quite a reception from the market. Around mid 2006, there were 20 instances operating across the country, and plans to go much further.

2005

The WHATWG was rising, Firefox was launching. Dreaming about a better web again.

Became a full-time frontend trainer/consultant, helping teams in media companies and digital agencies, (re)adjusting to a more modern web: going from closed source to open source, to semantic web standards, to more effective design/development collaboration.

2008

At Portugal Telecom's SAPO portal, learning about large scale websites and services: distributed systems, service oriented principles, low latency and high availability.

Superb opportunity to play with caches, buses, brokers, document databases, the works. And to learn from the best engineers in Portugal.

While working there, built an entire new version of SAPO Cinema and related web services. This popular online movies guide, scaled 4x its audience after launching the new version and peaked around a million monthly unique users.

2010

My last year in Portugal was spent working with friends in a company of five, including some of the best UX / designers out there.

We were pumping complex websites, engaging campaigns and beautiful visualisations at an incredible pace.

And we still found time to organize meetups and events.

Great team, best times :-)

2011

Moved to London in 2011 as the first backend developer of a greenfield project within EF. The prototypes evolved into field tests and into a mature platform. The role evolved into Architect, then Tech Lead.

The platform runs at a global scale, around the clock, delivering free tests to millions of users, assisting teachers in dozens of schools, supporting some of the research behind the world's largest ranking of countries by English skills.

Also proud to help building EF Class, an innovative EdTech product that helps teachers run engaging, interactive, and motivational lessons.

2015

Next, as the Head of Frontend at Property Partner, a promising FinTech startup, introduced TDD, pairing, code reviews, gitflow, an automated styleguide and CI practices.

Great opportunity to explore growth tools. UX research, analytics, A/B testing, referrals, customer support, CRM, every trick in the book.

Now, next

Learning ES6 and functional programming.

Experimenting with Web APIs like Canvas and WebAudio.

Keyword dump

  • Agile: Scrum, Kanban, Product Development, Leadership, Mentoring, Facilitation, Agile Modelling, XP, TDD, BDD, CI, CD
  • Engineering: Architecture, SOA, Distributed Systems, Web Standards, Styleguide Driven Development, Javascript, Angularjs, Riotjs, HTML, CSS, SCSS, Web Apis, Tooling, Nodejs, PHP, MongoDB, MySql, Redis, Dynamo, RabbitMQ, Nginx, Ansible, AWS

Kudos

Throughout these awesome 2 decades, I have had the privilege of working in remarkable teams. Together, we have experimented different ways of creating value and experienced the joy of positively impacting lives through our work.

It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work alongside so many talented and inspiring individuals: business people, academics, engineers and artists.

Particularly, the ones I had the even greater privilege of mentoring along the way. You all rock! And you will rule!

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Feel free to get in touch.