Delivering for defence – together
One of the aspects I like most about working here is the people – my team is brilliant and everybody I’ve met within DE&S has been an absolute joy to work with. I feel a genuine sense of belonging and of support, which makes me feel secure in my job.
Memorable projects with real impact
When we were hit with COVID, and everyone started working remotely, suddenly we needed a way to track where our staff were, who had COVID, who didn’t, etc. We developed a personal data tracking tool to track all this information. Normally when we build an application, it takes time because you need to capture requirements, verify those requirements, and then you start building and testing. Because of the circumstances, we had to expedite this process, and the team built an application from scratch in six weeks, which was absolutely unreal.
Within my team we use the agile framework for development. You start working as soon as you’ve got the requirement in a simplistic form. You don’t need to know exactly what the end result will look like. So, for me, I wanted a tool that would allow me to track my staff. You start developing, and then you start making the product better and better. It may not be the most user friendly to begin with, because you’re just trying to get the functionality right, but then the further iterations of it make it more user friendly, make it more intuitive, until you have your final product.
It was fantastic to watch, with coders and architects working together to design the solution, figure out which of our tech stacks we needed to build it, and ensure availability of the resources to do it.
It was really lovely to see how, in a crisis, people can get together and make a miracle happen. Though the application itself wasn’t very complicated compared to some of our other products, it was the sheer teamwork that went into making that happen that will always stay in my mind as a truly memorable project.