Singlewire Spotlight: Adrian

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Each month, we feature one of our stellar team members on our blog. Learn more about them and what they do at Singlewire.

How long have you been at Singlewire and what’s your position?

I have been working at Singlewire for over six years, beginning in March 2013. I had the privilege of working with Tim Green and the mobile team as a lead quality assurance analyst as the mobile product was being developed. I watched the product grow in feature scope during my time in that department and recently moved into project management. There I enjoy working with the development teams and QA teams on new features to provide even more functionality to our customers.

What do you like best about working at Singlewire?

Singlewire offers its employees the autonomy to use their particular skills to improve the company, the products, and their own careers in ways where they can make the most impact. This gives a real sense that you are valued in the organization and can make a contribution. Employees also have flexible working hours which gives them the ability to leave work to meet contractors or attend school events. This makes for a positive work-life balance and very happy six-year-olds at school picnics.

What’s been your favorite project you’ve worked on here?

My favorite project at Singlewire has been working on the InformaCast Mobile product in its early stages and helping to develop the automated test suite starting from the first line of code through the 2000 tests we have done today. I particularly enjoyed designing and writing the first couple of iterations of the client, which is the interface between the test code and the cloud infrastructure. Seeing the whole product being developed and knowing the design decisions which helped form the features, has given me a good foundational knowledge of the whole product, which makes working with InformaCast very enjoyable.

Where do you see Singlewire in the next five years?

With new opportunities opening up new markets it is hard to predict the future. The one thing which is certain is that with the strong leadership team here at Singlewire, it is not a question about whether we will grow, but how much and how fast we will grow. The changes necessary to manage that growth will make Singlewire an exciting place to work over the next few years.

What’s the best place you’ve traveled to and why?

The most enjoyable trip I have taken was the vacation with my wife to Europe when we were living in England. Two months driving around Europe with nothing planned gave us plenty of opportunities to discover new places. Highlights included driving through the Pyrenees mountains on hairpin corners in the dark with dense fog (visibility about 15ft), driving around the Formula1 track in Monaco, driving through the middle of Rome in rush hour and visiting Venice for my wife’s birthday. The most enjoyable part was the flexibility of zero planning and the pre-kid ability to do what we wanted when we wanted.

Tell us a little about your family?

My wonderful wife Kirsten previously worked in the newspaper industry and started two statehouse bureaus in Columbia, South Carolina and Madison, Wisconsin. She is currently a stay at home mum and creates a website, Motherbility, to help other stay at home mums start small businesses. She looks after our three children: Sophie (10), Charlie (8), and Susannah (6), who enjoy activities such as gymnastics, karate, and acting. We all enjoy camping in the state parks all around America and will be making a 3,500-mile trip to the Grand Canyon this summer when my mum flies over from England to visit.

Where’s your hometown?

I grew up in a small village in Gatley, England, where my dad ran a market gardening business and my mum worked in the public health labs of the local hospital in the microbiology department. The family name comes from the Anglo-Saxon origin and early records of the family name record the marriage of Reignold Adshead and Margarett Andrew on February 12, 1597, at St. Mary's, Stockport. As you can tell from the fact that Gatley is less than 5 miles from St. Mary's, my ancestors were not very mobile.

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