My Melbourne with Toby Hede

March 12 / 81

What is your unit?

Web Team, Marketing & Communications

What is your job title?

Technical Lead

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?

415 days, or 1 year, 1 month 19 days, or 297 weekdays, or 1.14 years.

How did you come to work at the University?

I was working for a mobile gaming start-up and wanted a change of pace.

Describe your typical day.

I generally cycle to work and then wait for whoever it is who also rides to work
and always gets here five minutes before I do no matter what time I actually
arrive to finish with the shower and change room.

 I then consume a surfeit of caffeine. As a team we will generally have a stand-up meeting to synchronise for the day, and sometimes this will break into more detailed project planning.

I generally spend most of my time in code, which involves taking an issue or
user story, pulling the latest code down from source control and working
through the implementation, before running the automated test suites and
deploying to staging for review. I try to stay on top of new technology, and
have a few things I am playing with, exploring and learning in my down time.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly

I love to code and I love solving technical problems. There is something
particularly fun about taking the often vague and loosely defined ideas people
have and turning them into working software that hopefully improves the way
things are done.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Never get involved in a land war in Asia.

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't

I studied Philosophy and was quite dedicated (nocturnal, black wardrobe,
high-functioning alcoholism) until I retired hurt and went into computing.
Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

Generally I brew my own using an Aeropress and beans freshly-ground in a
Porlex Handgrinder. Otherwise I head to 7 Seeds.

What do you like most about the University?

It's the vibe.

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