The Big Interview… Ian Whiteley

13 Dec

Welcome back to our most popular regular feature, “The Tribalingua Big Interview”. We meet the members of the team and ask them about their lives, loves, hopes and fears…

We reveal the thoughts of the people who make this company such a special place to work.

Eu sou cansado!

Eu estou sempre cansado!

This week we’re talking to Ian Whiteley who is Ebs Tester, UK Support Champion, Origamy expert and also Scrum Master to the Highlander team.

Hi Mr. Ian!

Tell us a little bit about you.

I live in Sheffield but am originally from a place called Kingston-upon-Hull or Hull as it is more commonly known.I lived there for 31 years before moving to Sheffield to live with my then Girlfriend and now Wife. I have worked in IT since 2001, before that I used to work in retail. I worked on a Service Desk for many years before moving into development. I used to work with a program called Remedy which is a Service Management software. In 2008 I took a job as a tester in Leeds, at a company called Orange which is a mobile phone network in the UK, and have a been a tester ever since. I started working in Tribal in May 2012 and was made Scrum Master for the Highlander team when it was formed in July 2012.

I enjoy cycling and have cycled across the country from west to east a couple of times and next year I am planning on cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats which will be about 1000 miles from the South West in England to the North East in Scotland.

I also enjoy going to the cinema and will try and get to see all the latest releases if I can, apart from horror films, I don’t want to have any nightmares.

What’s your role in Tribal?

I am an ebs Tester, UK Support Champion, Origamist and also Scrum Master to the Highlander team

Describe your typical day.

My typical day starts with a walk into the office and then checking my emails to see what questions the team may have had the night before when developing the stories, I then check AMS to ensure everything is up to date and to see if there is anything to test. I have a daily stand up with my team to catch up and will then spend the day testing what they have developed and helping them with any questions or issues they may have.

Tell us about your team.

Over the past couple of months my team has changed as 2 of my previous team members, Priscila and Wellington, have become scrum masters of their own teams. I still have 2 original members of Highlander in William and Mateus and have recently welcomed Luiz to the team. The team are great and we have had some very good feedback on work they have delivered but they also have a good time whilst working. As a recent visitor to Brazil has said. Highlander are no party poopers

What do you do in your free time?

My free time is either spent going to the cinema to see the latest releases, going for bike rides near Sheffield or Hull with my friends, spending time with my wife either just relaxing at home or going out for meals and catching up with my friends, normally in the pub with muita cerveja gelada.

Tell us about where you live.

I live in Heeley, Sheffield where I moved to in 2010 from Hull. I live not too far from the office which means I can walk in but is also close to the town and train station. In Heeley there is also a city farm with animals just up the road which we pass on the way to our local pub.

Why did you choose this career?

I got into IT whilst having a temp job working on a Service Desk. I was then made a permanent member of staff and progressed within that company for several years before moving jobs for more money. When I moved to Sheffield Tribal was recommended to me and I had a friend from Orange who worked here so he put me forward for the tester role. I didn’t ask to be Scrum master but am glad I was made one as I have worked with some great people and have had some positive feedback from all the work we have done.

Who are your heroes?

My team. Without them I wouldn’t enjoy scrum mastering or testing here as much as I do and working with them makes it enjoyable to come to work.

I also have to be clichéd and say my parents, they have been supportive in everything I have done and made me the man I am today.

And Batman – he’s awesome

Where do you see yourself and Tribal in five years?

Hopefully in 5 years I can that I have visited Brazil and I’m sure Tribal with have taken on more contracts education contracts around the world. USA maybe?

Who`ll win the World Cup next year?

I think it could be between Brazil and a European team possibly Spain or Germany, definitely not England unfortunately. I will say Spain.

Thanks for your time Ian! We really appreciated it!

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