The countdown is on for the seventh (!) incarnation of our internal hackathon, Off The Grid (OTG) at NantHealth’s NaviNet offices in Belfast and Boston. This is when we get three days to go off the grid, be creative, and explore something other than our day-to-day work.
"Everything changes and nothing remains still." Although he lived over 2500 years ago, the Ephesian philosopher Heraclitus could have been talking about today’s computing universe when he said this. Change can be hard to handle, especially with the relentless pace and the immense volume at which software is changing today. Working in software can be an exhilarating ride but being able to keep up with the waves of change is both a required skill and a seemingly intractable problem.
Back in September I was fortunate to attend “The Lead Developer” conference in London alongside my fellow Patrick “The Engineering Manager” Walker. It was a same day trip, but it was well worth an early rise and slightly sleep deprived night. Billed as targeting technical people that lead and motivating teams, it seemed to fit perfectly with my role as Principal Software Engineer leading a small team of four (three Developers and a Senior QA Engineer). There were several main talks, each around 25-30 minutes, that included the captivating Dan North, as well as a number of 10-minute ‘lightening talks’ that provided a snapshot into an emerging technology. Beyond the talks, The Lead Developer even scheduled time for networking and lunch too! My personal goal for the day was to learn how other tech lead folks cope with the additional responsibilities bestowed upon them as they move from the developer role into team management. I was also keen to see what new technologies where being picked up by other companies and how others did their job whilst retaining an understanding of technical changes. Fortunately, the conference did provide me with three takeaways.
This technology blog was created with software engineers and thought leaders in mind and will be focused on addressing technology issues and trends that impact software engineers. Since this is the brainchild of our engineering team, as NaviNet’s CEO, I’d like to tell you a little more about where we sit when it comes to healthcare technology and our engineering team.