Our values

Make things better

Organisations’ investment and the time of their staff are both very valuable. Don’t repeat past mistakes, accept inefficiencies, or hold back change.

Seek opportunities to learn

World-changing technologies and businesses don’t look like those of five years ago. We stay cutting edge via a range of learning strategies.

Don’t do overtime or ‘crunch’

We do our best work, all day. Overtime and deadline ‘crunch’ hide information about the reality of the project from the people who need to see it.

Favour human contact

We pair in-person every day. We have stand-ups in person. We co-locate, and when that isn’t possible we use remote-pairing technology and video links.

Embrace failure

Failure leads to improvement. Technical problems we diagnose and fix via engineering and automation. Process failures are solved in regular retrospectives.

Call out what isn’t right

A problem can only be fixed if acknowledged. We don’t keep quiet when we see something’s not right — technical, process, conduct or otherwise.

Allow divergence

We don’t enforce standards, but facilitate cross-pollination of ideas. This divergence allows fast team progress, learnings and harvests the best ideas.

Be inclusive

Diverse teams have diverse strengths, respecting attitude, effort, and technical ability. We learn from past IT industry mistakes — we don’t inherit them.

Our team

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DanJ Background

Dan Jones, CTO

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Dan Jones, CTO

  • Former award-winning martial arts instructor, award-nominated indie games developer, keynote speaker, and Kerrang!-featured musician
  • Starting coding in Spectrum BASIC in the 1980s
  • Avid reader of non-fiction, always looking to apply learnings from outside the field of IT
  • Thrilled by the opportunity to delete code, make things simpler, and improve effectiveness
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Dan Young, CEO

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Dan Young, CEO

  • Used to think a lot about network packets, then products, now mostly people
  • Swims during the day to clear his head and is currently rebuilding his old steel-framed road bike
  • First discovered computing through studying Art and Design and loves electronic music
  • Likes to learn about ways of making working life better
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Ivana Scott, Business Operations Manager

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Ivana Scott, Business Operations Manager

  • Our only non-technical employee with a keen interest in learning new skills - perhaps coding?
  • Juggles insanity workouts, motherhood and running of the daily operations of EB
  • Vegetarian with a sweet tooth
  • Former basketball, handball and football player and triathlon competitor
  • Loves contributing to making people’s working lives better/enjoyable
  • Passionate about everything HR
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Sapphire Mason-Brown, Software Engineer

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Sapphire Mason-Brown, Software Engineer

  • Switched to software engineering from a background in public sector communications
  • Has a strong interest in technology for good, and was an organiser of Afrotech Festival
  • Calm, considered and thoughtful
  • Fan of Star Trek, reading, musical theatre and fixing bugs
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Panos Xynos, Software Engineer

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Panos Xynos, Software Engineer

  • Polyglot developer who likes to collect languages
  • Perpetually cheerful
  • Enjoys sharing knowledge, mentoring both colleagues and customers
  • Has served in the Greek navy, built underwater robots and worked in the film industry
Colin Background

Colin Simmons, Software Engineer

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Colin Simmons, Software Engineer

  • Travel is in Colin’s DNA, having lived around the world and held three passports simultaneously
  • Trained lifeguard, and a former competitive swimmer
  • Enjoys mob programming, and coined the phrase “mesh learning” to describe its effects
  • Loves making people’s working lives better using Concourse
Will Background

Will Gant, Software Engineer

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Will Gant, Software Engineer

  • Former legal journalist who switched to building software after training as a developer
  • Proficient French speaker, having previously lived and worked in Belgium
  • Enjoys automating the delivery of platforms, and sharing knowledge as a pair-programmer and an instructor
  • Amateur astronomer and follower of solar system exploration
Pete Background

Pete Jones, Software Engineer (Associate)

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Pete Jones, Software Engineer (Associate)

  • EngineerBetter’s first associate engineer
  • Before discovering the world of Cloud Foundry he made video games in Beijing
  • Fellow Concourse enthusiast and co-founder of AirplaneCI
  • Achieved a master’s degree in physics, and has been known to demonstrate his musical talents as a pianist

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