Hey I'm Sam 👋 Thanks for taking the time to read me.
I'm an interim Frontend Engineering Manager for the Verify stage. I like movies, music, and long walks in Jurassic Park.
This page is intended to help others understand what it might be like to work with me, especially people who haven’t worked with me before.
It’s also a well-intentioned effort at building some trust by being intentionally vulnerable, and to share my ideas of a good working relationship to reduce the anxiety of people who might be on my team.
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I started at GitLab as a Frontend Engineer on the Secure team in May 2018. At the time of writing this I have just had my second anniversary at GitLab and I've loved every minute of being here.
I'm a big film fan.
My favourite of which is Jurassic Park.
As a result of this, my
office house is covered in dinosaur, Star Wars, and Harry Potter memorabilia.
My partner Becky and I live in Stockton-on-Tees, close to where we both grew up. We have three cats, Luna, Pepper, and Misty; who you may see leap into action during a video call.
My drum kit doesn't get played as much as I'd like to. But when I find the time I love putting Spotify on shuffle and jamming out to my favourite songs. My tastes are pretty eclectic, but 00s metal is my go-to.
I also used to run a meet up and conference for Frontend developers called Frontend NE. But have recently closed it down due to time constraints and a rather pesky global pandemic.
Jumping in at the deep-end is the best way for me to learn. I may make mistakes at the beginning, but I'm not afraid to admit to them and learn from them. I'm much more comfortable outside my comfort zone than within it.
At work, I trust people's intentions are good. I don't expect people to have to earn my trust unless they've previously broken it.
Often, I assume people have no knowledge or context around what I'm talking about. I feel this helps reduce questions and is useful for people watching back recorded meetings. However, this can come across as condescending. So please stop me if I'm explaining something that you already know.
I am new to management and I'm going to get some things wrong. With the right feedback, I know I can learn and become great at it. If you see me doing something weird, sub-optimal, or just plain wrong; please reach out to me and help me correct it.