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  • 14 May 2012

A Day in the Life of Development Team Leader Jamie Bray

Jamie BrayEllie: The next in the series of ‘Day in the life of interviews’ will feature Jamie Bray, Development Team leader at Retail Assist. Jamie, how long have you worked for the company now?

Jamie: I’ve worked for Retail Assist for 3 and half years, the first two as a Senior Analyst Developer and in the last 18 months as the .Net Development Team Leader.

Ellie: Would you be able to describe a typical day at work for you at Retail Assist? I know that previously people have found this difficult to do!

Jamie: Like all the other ‘Day in the life of’ interviewees I’d say that there is no such thing as a typical day here. I find that I tend to get involved in lots areas that are not totally development focused. However, the main focus of my role is to work with the .Net team delivering quality Merret developments.

This task normally includes sitting down with each developer and working through any issues that they may be having with their development. I will normally help them work through any issues that they may have and communicate anything that may have an impact to the delivery schedule.

I am still hands on and normally have various developments that I need to work on during my week. They are fairly mixed and vary from simple to complex changes.

Another key part of role is to get involved in analysing new developments that are due. This will involve a key meeting with the developer and head of development in which we will sit down and analyse the change, making sure that all the requirements for the change are met, what the impact of the changes are and if there any areas that require further analysis or technical specs.

Ellie: So if you had to pick one thing that you enjoyed most about your job, what would that be?

Jamie: I don’t think that I can pinpoint one thing that I enjoy most about my job, I think it’s a combination of various elements but I have to say it’s the guys I work with on a daily basis. I have a great group of guys who all work very hard but along the way we try and have fun

I also think we are quite lucky to have a great set of Merret customers and working with them is always pleasure.

Ellie: And what about the thing that you find most challenging?

Jamie: It has to be the go-live week and implementation of Merret into new customers. It’s very much like rehearsing for a show for 6 months. While you have done everything you can in preparation there are always some last minute nerves.

Ellie: Last but not least, I’m interested to hear what previous experiences helped to prepare you for your role?

Jamie: Prior to working for Retail Assist, I ran a small IT company in the midlands supporting servers, computers, developing web sites and software to make their lives a bit easier. I took a lot of experiences from that. However, I spent a lot of time working with end users and you get a real insight into what’s important to them. As a developer you can get carried away with the technical details of the change and lose sight of actual ‘user requirement’.

Ellie: Great thanks for taking part Jamie. For readers wanting more information about our Merret supply chain solution, please visit our website or feel free to post your questions below.

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