Tag Archives: Engineering

  • Interview Number 3 – The Software Manager

    This is the last blog from interviews for a while now.  I think up to this level is enough for us to ascertain the different jobs available, and what they involve. in the development of software engineering projects. Next week I will be moving back on to electronics and focusing on some more technical articles again. But for now, here is a worthy perspective, the software manager (SM).

    ME : Well, I suppose there are many facets to your position, why not start by giving us an overview of what your job entails ?

    SM: You’re right, there are many tasks I perform on a daily basis, but when looking at the position it quite often doesn’t align with those. From a top level perspective, my main responsibilities are nurturing the team, delivering product and reporting progress and road blocks, I help the team achieve their directives, and I set the directives.

    ME: So why doesn’t that translate very much to what you’re doing each day then ?

    SM: Well everything works on the cycle of the development, when something is being planned the tasks are very different to when a product is being finalized. So if you look at the stage we are at right now, I am micro managing key members of the team to make sure we can deliver a highly valuable product on time, and to the right level of reliability. This has been going on now for about a month, and we have another month like this. So I am not really spending any time nurturing the team, or planning the future, I guess you could say we are on the front line at the moment. This will change though, and there will be a planning phase before we start the next big development. During this time I can spend some time making sure my team is ready for the next project.

    ME: So how do you cope with not being able to achieve everything you need to do all the time ?

  • Interview Number 1 – The Software Engineer

    Welcome to this months blog entry. As I promised last month, I would like to give some insight into how engineers view their own profession, and what kind of things to expect if you chose a career in software engineering yourself. So I’ve asked a friend of mine to be my interviewee…

    ME : Give us some background to who you are and what you do.

    Eng : Well, I’m a software engineer at a large video  games company. I’ve been working in this position for 2 years here at this company, and 3 years before that I worked at another video games company. I am currently a level 2 Software Engineer which basically means I have enough experience to take charge of designing and implementing features on a game. I am working on a title that I’ve been working on for a year. It is due for release next year,and will ship on PS4 and Xbox one. The title will also have other spin-offs, such as a free to play mobile title, and some web site tie-ins also.

    ME: Why did you enter the Software Engineering field ?

  • Always strive for self-improvement

    As an engineer, your future can be blessed with working on profound,maybe even life changing technology. That is,of course,if that is what you want  your career to be! You might find yourself working on the latest pandemic iPhone App, the most hotly awaited virtual reality based video game, an Earth shattering AI algorithm capable of predicting the next stock market crash, or even a defense shield for weapons of mass destruction. The future could be filled with exciting and rewarding opportunities, let’s hope so ! But take a step back.How do you make sure whilst creating such imperative, progressive applications and services, that you are producing the highest quality of work that you can ?

  • Computer Engineering and the Hidden Neural network brain in the Arduino 101

    Some people are already clued up about the way the world of Computer Engineering is composed, and even the way it is currently moving. If you are not one of these people, perhaps you are someone who is confused, or maybe even nonchalant about Computer Engineering, then allow me to elucidate.

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