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I’m Now a Software program Architect!


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Mar 22, 2024
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Immediately, I’ve very thrilling information to share: I’ve accepted a brand new place as Principal Architect at Cycle Labs! It is a fantastic new job alternative for me. Watch the video beneath to study extra:

So, what’s Cycle?​

Cycle is a method of testing software program from inspiration to implementation. Cycle Labs gives an end-to-end check automation platform for the Cycle Testing Course of that targets enterprise software program, particularly in provide chain and warehouse administration. It will possibly check all the things from net UIs to APIs, desktop apps, and even inexperienced display screen terminals. The cornerstone of the platform is CycleScript, a domain-specific language for automating enterprise processes that appears quite a bit like Gherkin. One factor I like about Cycle is that it really empowers behavior-focused growth and testing.

Now, what’s my new job?

I would be the Principal Architect at Cycle Labs! My main accountability is constructing and designing the Cycle testing platform along with the Product & Engineering workforce. Already, I’m main a brand new product imaginative and prescient that may optimize how our prospects use our platform for his or her complete check growth course of. We’ve some actually cool stuff within the pipeline, and I can’t wait to share extra as we construct it. It hits so lots of my favourite matters: high quality, automation, behaviors, languages, and clear structure.

Why Cycle Labs?​

My new architect position could be a shock for a lot of of you, however others are in all probability considering that it’s about time! I’ve recognized Cycle for years, and I’ve an extended, deep, and private historical past with the nice of us behind it – notably with Josh Owen, the CEO. We’ve labored collectively. We’ve dreamed collectively. And when Josh opened this new alternative for me, I simply couldn’t say no. I’m thrilled to formally grow to be a part of Cycle Labs.

When do I begin my new position at Cycle Labs?

Properly, truly, I’ve already began! My first day was July 31, and I hit the bottom operating. The principle workplace for Cycle Labs is positioned in downtown Raleigh, and I’ve been going there in individual about as soon as per week.

What about my talking and neighborhood engagements?

I nonetheless plan to be energetic within the software program developer and tester communities, however since I received’t be a Developer Advocate anymore, I shall be lowering the variety of engagements I settle for. I’ll in all probability attempt to restrict myself to only some necessary in-person conferences a 12 months and maybe a handful of digital occasions. Sooner or later, I wish to focus extra on ending the guide I’m writing, and I even have just a few cool concepts for different content material I can produce. So, keep tuned!

Who do I wish to thank?

I’ve so very many individuals to thank by means of my time at Applitools and into my new position at Cycle Labs.

First, I wish to thank God for all of the alternatives with which He has blessed me.

My spouse, Lujing, thanks for at all times supporting me in my profession.

Alex and Sam, thanks for being there when instances had been powerful.

Medic Matt, thanks for at all times checking in on me and letting me come go to.

Mason Egger, thanks for giving me glorious steering on how one can run an excellent Developer Relations apply, and in addition for inviting me to provide my first Python convention keynote at PyTexas 2023.

Filip Hric, thanks for being such an ideal content material collaborator and for at all times being only one Zoom name away.

Sarah Watkins, thanks for the various good instances shared over bubble tea, and for becoming a member of me at STAREAST and STARWEST to co-teach our BDD tutorial.

Josh Owen, thanks for hiring me to affix Cycle Labs! It took some time, nevertheless it lastly occurred.

Everybody on the workforce at Cycle Labs, thanks a lot for the nice and cozy welcome, and I’m excited to construct nice issues collectively.

Joe Moore and Chris Harbert, y’all did proper by me. Thanks. I maintain a lot respect for you.

Angie Jones and Moshe Milman, thanks for trusting me to steer the Developer Relations apply at Applitools.

Jenny Bramble, Jenna Charlton, Erin Crise, and Tristan Lombard, y’all share the perfect insights and recommendation with deep empathy. I’m grateful that we’re all good associates.

All my associates locally – the checklist goes on and on – thanks for being my associates and making the previous few years fantastic.

So, what’s subsequent?

For the second half of 2023, I wish to concentrate on making an excellent begin at Cycle Labs. I nonetheless have just a few talking engagements lined up as effectively: STARWEST, DjangoCon US, Agile Testing Days, and AutomationSTAR. I’ve quite a lot of repairs to do on my basic Volkswagens. I additionally wish to spend extra time with my household and our little French Bulldog pet.

Issues change and roles change. I’ve been a Software program Engineer in Take a look at, a Developer Advocate, and now a Software program Architect. It’s an thrilling journey for positive. One factor that is still the identical is that I’m nonetheless the Automation Panda – and no person can change that.

Thanks all for the love and assist. Let’s be glorious in all issues.
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