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Max Woolf - Senior Backend Engineer, Manage:Compliance
This page is intended to help others understand what it might be like to work with me, especially people who haven’t worked with me before.
It’s also a well-intentioned effort at building some trust by being intentionally vulnerable, and to share my ideas of a good working relationship to reduce the anxiety of people who might be on my team.
Please feel free to contribute to this page by opening a merge request.
I've been a software engineer since 2011, focusing almost exclusively on Ruby and Rails.
I've worked mostly at early-stage startups and agencies so GitLab is the largest company I have worked for.
I joined GitLab on April 20th, 2020.
I am AWS SysOps certified.
I live in Birmingham, England with my wife and dog.
I attended University of Sussex in Brighton and studied
Music Informatics. (Creativity in SWE is really important to me.) I used to be a half-decent pianist.
I love walking, baking and playing an active part in my local community.
The values of
Iteration and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging are very important to me and inform my working practices.
Specifically the sub-values of having a "
low level of shame" and being supportive and accepting of neurodiversity. What I assume about others
Communicating with me
I'm generally working 8am - 5pm UK time (+/- 2 hours).
I'm always available for coffee chats. One of the benefits of working at GitLab is meeting people from across the world and I want to!
In general, I prefer Slack over Email for anything that doesn't belong in an Issue or Merge Request.
Don't hesitate to ask me anything. If I can help, I will!
Things I'm trying to improve
I'm not great at reading between the lines as a way of accepting criticism or constructive feedback.
If something is wrong, please say so. I will thank you for it! I can sometimes act too much like a magpie; paying too much attention to the "new and shiny" things and not enough to the "older but more reliable" things.