Remember To Develop Your People Skills and Don’t Get Caught Up In The Hype with Mark Richards

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Mark Richards

Mark Richards is an experienced, hands-on software architect involved in the architecture, design, and implementation of microservices architectures and other distributed systems in a variety of technologies. He has been in the software industry since 1983 and is the author of numerous technical books and videos. He has also spoken at hundreds of conferences and user groups around the world on a variety of enterprise-related technical topics. Mark talks about the value in developing people skills and what a difference they can make to the shape of your IT career. He also discusses why careful consideration should be employed when it comes to solutions, and why you should never be caught up in the hype of a popular methodology.


Mark Richards

Resources – Check out Mark’s website!

Fundamentals of Software Architecture – Check out Mark’s book about an Engineering Approach for Software Architecture!

2 Top Career Tips

1) Soft skills matter in any role you perform. Never discount the value in people skills, which can make all the difference.
2) Be careful not to get caught up in the hype, and always analyse the trade-offs of everything you see. Everything in software architecture is a trade-off, and solutions that are popular may not always be the most prudent.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

As a result of being abrasive in the workplace, several people left the organization. This led to a period of reflection, and several lessons learned.

Career Highlight

Being able to build a development team from the ground up, and being able to manage the team closely. This was Mark’s first assignment as an independent, and the experience shaped the way he worked forthwith.

The Future

The advancements in the tools, platforms and frameworks available now, is incredibly exciting in terms of seeing how these factors affect and energise the careers of new IT initiates.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

Mark has been intensely interested in science from a young age, determined to follow his passions into discovering how science and programming can change the world.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t follow the money – the money will come.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

Perception is reality. This belief promotes the idea that many achievements are fraudulent.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Mark would focus purely on machine learning and artificial intelligence, which he sees as the true future of IT.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Mark is focused upon spreading the knowledge has accumulated, which he sees as truly valuable.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Negotiations kills which Mark sees as one of the most important tools anyone can have.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Mark follows his “20 Minute Rule”, which involves him devoting twenty minute periods to furthering his career in some way.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Reading is incredibly important, but Mark also enjoys home repairs and remodeling, as well as hiking.

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