I've been living in Wellington since 1993 and for much of that time have worked in IT delivery for private-sector, Government and start-up businesses in technical, analytical and management/support roles.
Most recently I've been contracting to Culture Amp as a senior engineer for their 'Performance' product. For much of this I was primarily focused on back-end performance and enhancements: APIs, DB query optimization, asynchronous job processing, and code restructuring to support domain isolation, laying the foundations for extracting domains out from the Ruby on Rails monolith. More recently the team and I focused on architecting and prototyping a React application with a serverless/Lamda backend talking with various in-house and external services.
Previously I've had the privilege of doing a short contract with the Resn Digital team as one of their Technical Directors. Here I've helped scope out and investigate technical approaches for a number of digital projects in the pipeline, and to help make the GOOD Meat launch experience a reality :-)
2019/2020 I did a number of upgrades for HireThings.com / .co.nz / com.au towards a more appropriate style and focus required of a modern useful online service. This included upgrading from Ruby on Rails 2 to 5, re-architecting the application and shifting onto Amazon Web Services, enabling continuous deployments, and giving the service a full mobile-first refresh based on the Bootstrap framework. I've also mentored a couple of younger developers during that journey.
2011 - 2018 I worked with the Ministry of Social Development on IT business projects & programmes for a wide range of business services and applications. These have been mainly web applications and the shift to mobile-first web.
I then spent several weeks completing this fantasic and challenging Rails Professional Udemy course. It was very detailed, and the result of my efforts was this website (hosted on Heroku), ptorrsmith.com, built from scratch with Rails 5 (I've since upgraded this to Rails 6).
With my time with Culture Amp at an end, I'm keen to take on some new challenges with some great people, and help make things better :-)
I enjoy business, technology, governance, finance & economics, food and fermentation, swimming, yoga, art, living in Aro Valley, my friends and family
I love helping others learn new things, as well as digging in and helping make a product, business, team, technology or process work.
From: 2021. To: 2022.
Performance Camp, Team KISS. Ruby on Rails API monolith decoupling. Scalability, Performance and simplicity focus. Microservice / domain grouping. Serverless/Lambda with React (Typescript) RSpec / TDD. Sidekiq / async jobs. AWS. BuildKite. Data Dog. 100% Remote. Good online teamwork, agile. Highlights: Shift all exports async to RDS replica. Find and fix slow performing endpoints. Async and GDPR deletion. Technical debt for UX and performance. Domain Driven Design code rework. Monads. Query Repository pattern. React admin application with serverless backend and integration with Launch Darkly SDK and APIs
From: 2020. To: 2021.
Technology investigation and solution design, scoping and sizing - pre-sales, pre-development. Development, Cloud Infrastructure & services admin, deployments and operations. Scoping, sizing, infrastructure architecture and implementation for https://goodmeat.co, a Vue, ThreeJS & WebGL digital experience. AWS hosting - S3, EC2, CloudFront, ACM, Lambda, Route53, AWS Organizations, IAM, Docker. Git, BitBucket pipelines for CI/CD, branch/tag/release management. Daily scrums, workflow management and kanban boards. Burn up/down tracking. Remote teams. Systems and Security audit and practices guide.
From: 2019. To: current.
Tech lead, developer, architect, cloud infrastructure engineer for site, platform and mobile upgrade and management.
From: 2011. To: 2018.
Business analyst, project manger, programme manager and Web Team manager. UX and mobile capability manager. Agile tools capability manager.
From: 2009. To: 2011.
Analyst, developer and project manager for a variety of open-source web based applications. Business analysis, Project & Client Management, UX & IA, Wireframing, PHP, Ruby on Rails.
From: 2006. To: 2009.
Co-founder, developer and CEO for online hire and rental marketplace startup www.hirethings.co.nz (and later www.hirethings.com.au)
From: 2004. To: 2006.
Developer and DBA for a wide range of windows and web based applications
From: 2000. To: 2002.
Developer for eCargo freight marketplace, including early WAP based mobile web UI Support developer for eCentric government clients. Worked alongside founding TradeMe team and technology. Delphi, .Net, C#, SQL Server, XSLT
From: 1999. To: 2001.
Analyst developer for MAF IT systems. Year 2000 upgrades.
From: 1995. To: 1998.
Coordinating IT projects and initiatives across the MAF Quality Management
From: 1993. To: 1995.
Support national activities for food safety inspection and auditing services
From: 1992. To: 1992.
Editor for Kids TV teen show Short Sportz, and current affairs shows InFocus with Stephanie Tauevehi, and Suzy Kato's "You and Me"
From: 1991. To: 1992.
18 month venture to establish video editing facility for new Panasonic M2 tape format.
From: 1989. To: 1991.
From: 1989. To: 1989.
Prepping video editing facilities, source tapes, final masters and copies. Backup Steve the main editor. Camera, lighting and sound assist
Scaled Agile Framework practitioner exam and certification.
Foundation and Practitioner/Professional exam and certification
Projects In a Controlled Environment (Prince2) foundation and practitioner/professional exam and certification.
Scrum master training and certification.
SQL Server certified professional DBA exam and certification.
6 years part-time extramural studies whilst working. Covered Management Information Systems, GIS, Object Oriented development and databases, scaling enterprise applications.
Management, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, Business Computing, Economics, Statistics, Property.