Blog Series : How I work? #2

Continuing on from our blog series, documenting how different people from different backgrounds work, we move on to the second part in the series.

Who are you?

Tim Ward, 30 year old software engineer who grew up in Australia. I currently live in Copenhagen with my beautiful wife Tess and Seymour the CluedIn office dog.

Profile

What kind of company are you working for? 

I work at CluedIn of course 🙂 We are working on providing a platform where knowledge is organically and automatically distributed throughout organisations, no matter what tools you use.

Could you describe briefly your team setup?

CluedIn is still in its inception, so we are a very flat structured, self managing and open workplace. We have a team in Copenhagen and Brussels and between us we tackle product, marketing, sales and more. We really follow the philosophy of giving responsibility to people and letting them really shine through this and hence you won’t spot a fancy title or layers of management at CluedIn. It is more than obvious at CluedIn where people shine, and what they are fantastic at, and hence responsibility and decision making is typically a naturally selected thing.

What is the first thing you do when you get into work?

Besides taking Seymour for morning walks, I always check my notifications, I think I am addicted to them. Emails, Slack messages, LinkedIn, Twitter, Github…the list goes on. It is only once I have made sure that I am up to speed and not blocking anyones work, that I start to get into my own. This typically involves updating code repositories, and getting my todo list in order.

What tools do you use at work to get your job?

Probably too many, but here it goes. Pivotal Tracker, Trello, Slack, Google Hangouts, Office 365, Podio, Evernote, Sublime Text, Visual Studio (and all the tools we are using in CluedIn), Google Docs, Gmail, Expensify, Notes for Mac, Messages for Mac, OneNote, Github (and git), Postman, Powershell….I think I will stop just so the reader doesn’t fall asleep, but there are lots more. I basically now use CluedIn to manage all that is happening in these tools. 

What is the number one thing you wished you could change at work?

Like I said, we are quite young, so things are still going very smoothly. Still, we are not perfect, so the one thing I would change at work is planning and how we are not strict enough on having a weekly plan and just sticking to it. I am not sure if project management tools will solve this, but then again I don’t know what would. We love the ability to just run with an idea that comes up, but only when it doesn’t impact the core plan.

What is CluedIn to you and how would you use it at work?

CluedIn is currently the most important project in my life and I have definitely set aside a lot of things to make this journey possible. I am so glad to be joined by really fun, intelligent and interesting people. I am in the fortunate situation where I can actually tell you how I use CluedIn at work. I have really changed the way I work from more of a reactive to a proactive approach. I spend less time organising and less time figuring out what is going on at CluedIn. I can’t think of a recent time where I have said “Oh, I didn’t know that was happening at CluedIn”.

Name one movie that everyone should go out and see tomorrow.

I am a big fan of quirky comedy and hence, a small New Zealand film called “Why we walk in the Shadows” would be my recommendation. It tells the story of a few vampires living together in the modern time, having to do modern things. It is done in mockumentary format, and hence includes all of the Office-esk type of awkwardness and comedic genius. 

Tim Ward

Founder, Developer and Loudest Employee at CluedIn.