Time to Evolve Again

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My mid-2000s, fresh-faced, professional look from around the time I joined Tyro.

After 12.3 years, yesterday was my last day at @Tyro. 😢

It’s been a huge journey, from a perilous payments startup with less than 20 employees and only ☝🏻 customer, to now a VC-backed, fully-licensed bank with well over 400 staff that is Australia’s 5th largest EFTPOS provider (by transaction volume).

I’ve done time as a Software Engineer, Development Lead, Engineering Lead (part of the management team), Technical Project Manager, Team Lead, Product Lead, and this last year, back to Software Engineer. I must have hired 50+ (awesome) people and interviewed many times that.

My late-2010s, "I still want to look like I work at a startup even though we're really not" style.

We listened to new voices in tech and followed their common sense advice. Often we only discovered years later that we were on the bleeding edge of movements like agile, DB evolution, microservices, and continuous delivery.

We built a bank.

From scratch.

In Java.

While still figuring out how to do microservices.


And what I’ve come to realise is that every achievement on my LinkedIn profile while at Tyro will look like this:
Because it was all about the team, all the time. *I* achieved very little. Together, we’ve achieved so much. And that’s how it should be.

What’s next? It’s very exciting. A short break, then I’m starting my own business.

It’s no secret that I’m all in on #microservices. The “post-DevOps” style of architecture solves some big problems, but creates a bunch of new ones. Our mission will be to help teams solve those, pulling the brakes off microservices so teams can reach their full potential.

If you want to hear more about that journey, DM me your email address on Twitter with the message “Add me” and I’ll put you in my personal mailing list. (You should also turn on notifications for @TechDownunder!)

Finally, I want to confirm @BillGates’ observation: “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.” If you only stay in a company for a year or two, don’t expect to see any significant progress come out of your efforts. But if you hang around for a decade, you might just get to be part of changing an industry.

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