Supporting and leading high-performance teams of software engineers that enable those teams and their managers to develop, redesign and refactor software applications on time and budget is what I do best. Enabling the team and each member to apply and enhance their skill sets whilst removing their obstacles is how I achieve this. I empower and challenge
Supporting and leading high-performance teams of software engineers that enable those teams and their managers to develop, redesign and refactor software applications on time and budget is what I do best. Enabling the team and each member to apply and enhance their skill sets whilst removing their obstacles is how I achieve this. I empower and challenge engineers in order to increase their work satisfaction.
I am a Chartered IT Professional and a Chartered Engineer, as well as a published author with a passion for leading teams that create and continually improve. I have a strong affinity with agile processes and utilise them as a means for empowering teams; from the most junior member up to their project managers. Throughout my career I have worked in a variety of environments: system integration, product startup, software development consultancy. Most of these businesses have had a Free Software focus and, as such, I have gladly been a "hands-on" engineer who leads from the front; as is often expected from Free Software contributors.
As a leader, I love working with, teaching and learning from others. I have learned that servant leadership is the finest way to ensure that you get the most out of your teams: I listen, I teach and I help. I work in fast-paced environments and build-up a mutual respect with those I work with by enabling them to work at their best.
Empowered and motivated engineers work harder and produce excellent results. I am always learning new tooling, processes and techniques to enable this.
Director of Engineering @ Responsible for the delivery of all KDAB's software development projects and for the continued improvement of the engineers and practices: 9 teams spread across Europe and North America with a seven-figure turnover. Based in Berlin, A Certified ScrumMaster, additionally responsible for my own team of engineers for whom I am focussed on enablement and skills acquisition. Across the engineering division I am responsible for monitoring project progress, assessing productivity and profitability and for working with the team leaders to build consensus into improvement of our practices. From 2015 to Present (less than a year) Berlin Area, GermanyManaging Director, KDAB (UK) @ KDAB was the first Technical Solution Provider for Qt. For many years they have produced the training materials used in the Qt programming courses offered by the owners/developers of Qt. They continue to help develop parts of Qt and are one of the major contributors to the Qt Project. They can give advanced or standard trainings anywhere around the globe. From May 2013 to Present (2 years 3 months) Stirling, Scotland, UKChief Operating Officer @ Kolab Systems AG is the professional company behind the Kolab Groupware Solution, the premier choice for everyone who wants peace of mind, freedom of choice and the ability to innovate. Founded in 2010 in Zürich, Switzerland, Kolab Systems has taken the place of the Kolab Konsortium which initially provided Kolab services primarily in German speaking areas from 2004 to 2010. From 2010 to May 2013 (3 years) Research Manager @ Zea Partners was a non-profit network for companies building open source solutions. Stakeholders from the open source world were welcome. Zea activities were focused on growing the open source market by pooling resources for promotion, research and advocacy. From May 2009 to 2010 (1 year) Projects Manager @ From August 2006 to December 2008 (2 years 5 months) Research and Development Manager @ Sirius was founded in 1998 to bring organisations the high-performance low-cost benefits of Open Source software. An industry pioneer and expert in the field, Sirius is recognised by the UK Government, the Technology Press and Conferences around the UK and Europe as a leading voice in Open Source solutions. From August 2006 to July 2008 (2 years)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), "Sustaining Productivity in Free Software Development" @ University of Lincoln From 2004 to 2009 Bachelor's Degree, Software Engineering @ University of Durham From 2001 to 2004 Paul Adams is skilled in: Python, Java, C++, Haskell, Software Process..., Software Engineering, Open Source, Git, Linux, Programming, PHP, Agile Methodologies, Kolab, KDE, Unix, Subversion, Software Design, XML, Shell Scripting, MySQL, Apache, Management