How Owning My Data Leveled Up My Life

May, 2021

Abstract:

People are often pressured to deliver a plan in line with schedules created by inaccurate estimates. As we know, this leads to products that under-deliver and are over-budget. Applying solid methodologies, such as Personal and Team Software Process℠, help to give realistic deadlines that people can commit to. But what if we could use these processes and this data for more.

This talk explores how learning to own my data and performance has helped me to improve both myself and those around me, not only in my professional life, but personal life as well.

About the Presenter 

Alex Powell

Alex Powell studied Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath (UK), where he achieved a First Class with Honors. He is now is a software engineer who is committed to delivery of high-quality systems in an efficient time scale. He currently works for Martin-Baker, a company which is dedicated to creating and advancing the field of escape systems for military aircrafts. He is a member of the IET and is striving towards his chartership.

In his spare time, Alex trains and competes in a number of sports. His main passion is karate and he captains the JKS Wales squad. When not competing, Alex enjoys hiking, traveling, or any form of adventure.

Away from sports, Alex has a keen interest in drones and cyber security. His crowning achievement was managing the team which received the top three awards from the IMechE Unmanned Autonomous Systems challenge. Their aircraft still hangs in their university foyer to this day.

℠ Personal Software Process, PSP, Team Software Process, and TSP are service marks of Carnegie Mellon University. The Software Excellence Alliance is not affiliated with Carnegie Mellon University.

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