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From SCRUM to Team lead and now Innovative research?

Meet our employee, Peter who has been with us for a little more than a year and a half, but already had multiple positions within Esoft Group.

What’s your role at Esoft?

Well, my former title was SCRUM Master and Team Lead for our marketing automation tool, Shine. I actually started as a backend developer on Shine, however, our CIO, Michael Sloth and I soon found out that I wasn’t needed in that area of expertise. So, I changed from backend developer to Team Lead where I got the SCRUM education.

SCRUM is basically a method to work. It’s an agile working technique where you have a collection of documents and processes that represent the SCRUM process.

As for now, I work with Innovation and our Research & Development team where my role is to assist on different projects that are being developed and see how we can do that in the best way possible.

The Research and Development team has a lot going on at the moment where new needs arise consistently, so my job is in collaboration with Innovation to figure out which needs have the highest priority, which of the needs who has the least time to market and which challenges that arise with the needs. In this new position, I really utilize my skill set within research, design overall and the like.

How did you end up doing what you do?

I always wanted to become a marine biologist, so I ended up studying math in high school. When I was done with high school I went to Odense to study biology, but I quickly realized that biology wasn’t my strong suit. Biology is rote learning and that’s not how my mind works. So, I looked at what I was good at, I was good at math and I really liked computer games and I already knew how to code a bit, so I started studying computer science.

After my bachelor’s in computer science, I chose to study my master’s in software engineering because software engineering focuses less on technical stuff and more about cases involving people, and that’s more up my alley.

What do you like the most about your job?

The thing I like most about my job is when I can see a problem and solve it.

To me, it’s about making other people’s day easier. As Team Lead, I removed obstacles from colleagues and customers so they could continue their work. It could also be helping the photographers by doing an automatic measurement of rooms for the floor plans. Or make a program with an automatic attachment of making the photos a higher resolution so our customers don’t have to have need photos taken.

All in all, most engineers have this line of thought: “Do something and solve problems.” So, a good day for me is when I’ve made life easier for others.

The thing I like most about my job is when I can see a problem and solve it.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

The thing I find most challenging is sitting down and code all day. People think that coding is easy, but it’s not. It’s hard and difficult. Coding is when you spend all your time solving problems that are not even part of “the problem”. Personally, I like architecture more. I like system design better. For me, coding is like… It’s a bit like building a house. Coding is the bricks that lay the foundation for the whole house – you know what to do so now you just need to sit down and use a lot of time doing it right. It’s one of the things you need to do before you can start on all the fun stuff. That’s how I feel about coding.

Alternative, when I’m done with coding and see that it works and you can fast forward 6 months ahead without having to do any damage control – that’s a really good feeling.

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