Getting to Know Jose
Where are you from and where do you live?
“I am from Venezuela. I travel around a lot, but where I spend the most time is Barquisimeto, one of South America’s oldest cities, in northwestern Venezuela. I started working in partnership with NearSure a month and a half ago.”
What made you want to be a software developer?
“I think my interest in the area started because my older brother also specialized in computer programming and he is about six years older than me. I saw how much he liked it, ever since we were little, which influenced me a lot. When I entered university, it was either to study to be a doctor or a programmer, but when I analyzed what I loved the most, I realized it was programming!”
What project are you currently working on?
“Right now I am working for a NearSure client that has various apps, one of which is an e-learning platform in English for teaching children how to read. I am part of a project concerning its mobile platform, which works on both iOS and Android and there is a web version as well. I am helping with everything that has to do with the Android and web apps. We are also working on the app’s architecture.
How would you describe your programming experience?
I really like the Apache Cordova platform, precisely because it lets you carry over web development to mobile devices and native apps, so I would also add that.
As we like to say in Venezuela, ‘Está chevere.’”
What kind of applications have you helped create?
What is an emerging technology you are interested in because you think it has a lot of potential for the future?
“On the top of my list is blockchain, the ‘bitcoins’ and ‘ethereums.’ I would like to deepen my knowledge about how to develop for blockchain as it is going to set the stage for how the world handles business in the future, for example applying the technology for creating smart contracts.
Also, Machine Learning, as it’s already important today but as the technology advances, I think it will be much more relevant. Machine Learning can reach further than just building highly personalized user experiences (like Spotify building custom playlists for users based on their musical tastes), but it is already being used to analyze consumption patterns using a large amount of data, like at what time you eat, when you want to buy, what you want to buy, basically structures that allow for building a complete profile of each user, with a very high level of confidence.”
Agile Empowering Remote Work
Switching topics a bit, have you had much experience working remotely, prior to working through Nearsure?
“In the last three or four years, I have been working remotely. Like everything, remote work has its pros and cons, but what I like about it in general, is that it gives you a flexibility that other work structures can’t. It’s more focused on productivity and results. How you get work done can vary. Many times, when working in a standard office setting, you can’t have that focus and flexibility.
I can be here today and tomorrow, wherever I want, and continue producing, traveling, getting to know other places. I’ve traveled while working in the past. Now since I started with Nearsure, I’ve stayed in Barquisimeto.”
Do you have experience working for US companies?
“Yes, many. The NearSure client is from the United States.”
How has the integration process been like for you?
“I have integrated well with the team in the past month, they have practices from methodologies like Scrum, so they are a very mature development team.
Sticking to Scrum makes it simple to work, even from far distances, because everything is inside the methodology and we use tools that make the collaboration easy. We have all the info in one place.”
What are some of the tools the team relies on for working together in Scrum?
“We use Jira and Slack, for everything communication. As for the technical aspects, we use GitHub and Bitrise for everything to do with Continuous Integration. Those tools are essentially the nucleus of what we use.”
Any difficulties working in another language and with people of a different culture?
“Outside of working in Spanish, I’ve only worked with others in English, and maybe the hard part is not the day-to-day or the formal work, but for example, sometimes I miss out on the cultural nuances like certain jokes, but the rest is very good!”
Thank you Jose for your time, and for trusting NearSure to help you find great development projects!
“Thanks for having me.”