Looking for a C# Web Developer to join Questionmark in Edmonton

questionmarkI’ve had luck with job postings for Questionmark in the past, so I wanted to mention that we’re looking for a web developer to join our team:

We are looking for a talented senior C# developer to join our development team in designing and creating the next generation of on-line assessment delivery software. The senior C# developer will work closely with a Product Owner and other team members (C# developers and QA) in a SCRUM (Agile) environment. They will be responsible for delivering potentially shippable functionality each Sprint using the latest technologies (ASP.NET MVC, WCF, .NET 4.0, etc.).

If you have experience building web applications using core web technologies (HTML, JavaScript, and CSS) then you might be interested in this opportunity. That said, we use ASP.NET MVC and jQuery quite extensively so experience with those is essential. The other tiers of the product utilize .NET 4, WCF, Entity Framework, and SQL Server, so experience working with any or all of those technologies is preferred. The project you would be working on is a very important one for the company, with lots of opportunity to both flex your technical muscles and to have a big impact in the marketplace!

Our development teams are cross-functional and work in two week iterations. We use Visual Studio Team System 2010 to manage source code and other artifacts, and Visual Studio Lab Management to facilitate automated testing and deployment.

Our Edmonton office is located downtown in the Empire Building on Jasper Avenue at 101 Street, right above Central LRT Station.

You can view the job posting on Monster, or email me directly if you have questions or are interested in applying!

Looking for an HTML5 developer to join Questionmark in Edmonton

Back in April I posted that Questionmark was looking for a Junior Technical Writer here in Edmonton, and I’m happy to report that my blog post led to a successful hire! I figure it can’t hurt then, to mention that we’re looking for a web developer to join our growing team:

We are looking for a talented mobile applications developer to join our development team in designing and creating the next generation of online assessment delivery software.​ The successful candidate will work closely with a Product Owner and other team members (developers and QA) in a SCRUM (Agile) environment.​ They will be responsible for delivering potentially shippable functionality each Sprint using HTML5 and other mobile technologies targeting the most popular mobile platforms (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone).​

We’re looking for a web developer with experience creating applications using core web technologies (HTML, JavaScript, and CSS). The ideal candidate would also have experience with our core technology stack – ASP.NET MVC, C#, WCF, and SQL Server. There’ll be a focus on mobile development initially, but of course HTML5 is not limited to smartphones so there’s lots of opportunity to have a wider impact!

Our development teams are cross-functional and work in two week iterations. We use Visual Studio Team System 2010 to manage source code and other artifacts, and Visual Studio Lab Management to facilitate automated testing and deployment.

Our Edmonton office is located downtown in the Empire Building on Jasper Avenue at 101 Street, right above Central LRT Station.

You can view the job posting on Monster, or email me directly if you have questions or are interested in applying!

Looking for a Junior Technical Writer to join Questionmark in Edmonton

As a software developer, I generally don’t have much love for writing documentation. I’d rather be writing code! But as someone who tries to write every day (here and elsewhere), I know that clearly explaining something is not easy, so I have great respect for those who do it. My experience in software development has taught me a few things. One is that documentation, if done correctly, can actually be seen as a feature. Another is that technical writers are one of the best sources of knowledge about a piece of software – they have, after all, documented it every step of the way. And a third lesson is that no matter how easy and straightforward you try to make a piece of software, someone, somewhere, will always want to have documentation.

Today, technical writers do more than just write documentation of course. Yes they write help files, knowledge base articles, and that sort of thing, but they also produce screencasts and videos, track and analyze usage metrics, and help to define how technical information is best relayed to the user. If that sounds like the perfect role for you, send me a resumeQuestionmark is looking for a junior technical writer here in Edmonton.

The successful candidate will be self-motivated and self-sufficient with a flexible and questioning approach. You will have the interpersonal skills to succeed in a team environment. You should have strong written communication skills and a thirst for knowledge with a desire to learn and improve your experience of technical writing in a product environment.

We’re looking for someone with some experience and a desire to learn on the job by creating great resources for our customers. Our product development teams use SCRUM and work in two-week iterations, so there’s always a new challenge to tackle.

Our Edmonton office is located downtown in the Empire Building on Jasper Avenue at 101 Street, right above Central LRT Station.

You can view the job posting on Monster, or email me directly if you have questions or are interested in applying.

London Trip 2009: Halfway Done

I’ve been in London, UK since late Sunday evening. I had a good week in terms of work, and actually got to see and do some things around the city as well! The first time it rained was yesterday, which I figure is pretty good for London. Had to use the umbrella again this morning.

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On Tuesday evening, John (Questionmark’s founder & chairman) drove Jim and I around to see some of the sights (Jim was in for the week from North Carolina). It was actually a really interesting way to see the city, and I made some mental notes of things to revisit. The following evening Jim and I found a nearby pub for more beer, fish & chips.

A few of us went out for dinner on Thursday evening to Skylon, a restaurant located in the Royal Festival Hall. The food was excellent, though I suppose the service could have been a bit better. Afterward Jim, Chris and I ventured out to a couple of pubs, including Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, apparently the oldest pub in London!

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Last night I joined Andrew and some other Questionmark colleagues at York Hall in Bethnal Green to watch boxing (Andrew’s brother was fighting). I had never been to a live boxing match before, so it was pretty neat to see. Oddly, there were dozens of girls “glammed up” – they stood out like a sore thumb. A local pub was up next, where I was introduced to Old Rosie (cider). It continued pouring as we rushed to catch the last train north!

This morning I went to the Borough Market, which was recommended by Stella and Sharon before I left. It was really impressive – in both size and contents. Unlike our markets back in Edmonton, or even the Eastern Market in DC, the Borough Market had almost no craft traders(I probably could have counted them on one hand). Everything was food – fruits and vegetables, breads, lots of cheese, meats, fish, candies, and more. I bought a few things, including a traditional Cumberland sausage sandwich for breakfast. Yum!

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I spent the rest of the morning/afternoon walking around, first near the London Bridge, and later near Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. The Apple Store near Oxford Circus was a nice place to stop for free wifi and a brief reprieve from the crowds (there are so many people everywhere, it’s awesome). After some more exploring I picked up some lunch from Marks & Spencer (at Sharon’s urging/request) and came back to the hotel for a bit.

Tonight I’m off to a party at Noel’s! Assuming I can find it, that is. You can see the rest of my photos here.

Now a Certified ScrumMaster

A few weeks ago I attended a ScrumMaster training/certification course here in Edmonton, administered by Berteig Consulting. We’ve been using Scrum at Questionmark for a couple years now, and are continually trying to improve. I did a podcast interview with Michael McClenaghan back in March talking about some of the challenges we’ve faced along the way.

We recently decided that we should ensure knowledge about Scrum was consistent across the company, hence the training. Last week I received word that I am now an officially certified ScrumMaster!

Some of the key points about Agile & Scrum that were repeated throughout the training:

  • Agile is: learning
  • Agile is NOT: a defined method for delivery, nor a buffet of best practices
  • Scrum is a process that encourages learning!

In a way it’s kind of bizarre that you can be certified in Scrum, because I think you only get a handle on it after some experience – a three day training course probably isn’t enough, though it is a good way to get started.

In that regard, Scrum is kind of like social media – you can’t really be an expert in it because you’re continually learning, and the amount of experience you have is what really matters. Here’s another similarity:

Individuals and interactions are valued over processes and tools.

Social media is all about people and their relationships too!

Who knew Scrum and social media would have so much in common 🙂

Questionmark Open House in Edmonton!

It might be hard to tell, but Twittering isn’t actually my day job! As some of you know, I’m a software developer for a company called Questionmark. Though the company is based in London, UK, we have a growing team here in Edmonton. We recently moved into a new office downtown, and we’d like to invite you to come check it out and get to know us a little better:

Date: Friday, May 15, 2009
Time: 4:00pm
Location: #806, 10080 Jasper Avenue (map)
Cost: Free

Feel free to stop by anytime after 4pm! We’ll have food, wine, beer, etc. If you’re planning to come, please RSVP by emailing me at mack.male@questionmark.com.

Also taking place that evening is the #twilightYEG Guest Bartender Friday, in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. It’s happening at Lux, which is right across the street from us, so join us for a drink at the office and then head over to Lux to support a worthy cause!

If you’re a local software developer, definitely stop by and say hello – we’re hiring!

Job Description for Software Developer & Open House Invite

Hope to see you on the 15th!

Questionmark enters the blogosphere

I spend most of my time at Questionmark writing code, managing projects, and performing all the other tasks that make sense for a software developer. That doesn’t stop me from thinking about how the company could take advantage of social media though! Ever since I started with the company, I’ve been looking forward to the launch of an official blog. On Tuesday, it finally happened! Introducing Getting Results – The Questionmark Blog:

Stay connected with us and with the wider testing and assessment community right here. Ask questions, post comments and take the opportunity to spark discussions.

Together, let’s explore how best to create, deliver and report on assessments that help individuals and organizations work more effectively. And let’s have some fun in the process!

I can’t take credit for getting the blog setup – our marketing team did a great job at that. I’d like to think that I helped get the idea going, however. And I’ve done my best in the last few weeks to act as an “in-house expert” of sorts, offering advice and suggestions on what to consider.

I look forward to watching the blog evolve. One of my local colleagues, Greg Pope, has already posted an entry on psychometrics! In it, he mentions the Questionmark Users Conference, coming up on April 5th in Memphis. I’m sure there will be a number of great posts that come out of that event.

I should also mention that our CEO, Eric Shepherd, has become quite a champion for blogging! He recently started his own blog, which I encourage you to check out as well.

And yes, I’m already pushing the next big thing…watch for that in the next few weeks!

Questionmark still hiring .NET developers in Edmonton!

questionmark The software development company I work for here in Edmonton, Questionmark, is once again looking for developers to join our team. The job descriptions I posted back in September are still relevant, but here are the requirements again:

A minimum of 3 years of commercial development experience. Highly skilled in software development using our core technologies: C#, ASP.NET, XML, Ajax, Javascript, T-SQL. Experience with SCRUM a plus. Excellent written and oral communication are essential.

You’d be working on the latest and greatest, both technology-wise (.NET 3.5, etc) and product-lineup-wise (the company’s newest products). It’s a great opportunity!

We’re currently in the process of moving to our brand new office in the Empire Building downtown (10080 Jasper Avenue). As some of you may know, I’ve had offices in the building twice before, and I think it’s a fantastic place to work. It’s great to be right in the heart of downtown, with easy access via public transit and lots of amenities within walking distance (parking isn’t so great, of course).

Job Description for Software Developer

If you’re interested in applying or would like more information, either send me an email or email Kaitlyn Lardin. Thanks!

.NET Developers: Questionmark is hiring!

questionmark logo The company I work for, Questionmark, is looking to hire three developers to join our Canadian team here in Edmonton. The positions are Software Developer, Lead Software Developer, and Senior Software Developer. Here’s a bit of background on the company:

Questionmark is a company with recognised global presence in e-learning and assessment automation with software covering all aspects of this field, from authoring to delivery and reporting. Our software is used by over 3 million people in 15 different countries throughout the world. Questionmark is a fast-growing company, with a dedicated, passionate, and global workforce. We have offices in London, UK, Norwalk, CT and Tubize, Belgium. We care about the satisfaction of our employees and we reward them for meeting or exceeding expectations. The company promotes a relaxed, fun and highly productive approach to work.

I enjoy working for Questionmark! We’re an agile shop using Scrum and other things you’d expect such as unit testing and continuous integration. Another plus is that we’re not stuck in the past – we’re using .NET 3.5, ASP.NET AJAX, and lots of other new and interesting technologies. You can find more information in the job descriptions:

Job Description for Software Developer
Job Description for Lead Software Developer
Job Description for Senior Software Developer

If you’re interested in any of the positions or would like more information, either send me an email or email Kaitlyn Lardin.

Questionmark Users Conference Day 3

The conference is now over! Today’s half-day included three encore sessions from the previous two days, and the closing session, “The Road Ahead”. Some news on the next version of Perception was shared, and lots of feedback was gathered using these nifty little electronic voting devices.

It was a lot of fun for me to meet my colleagues face-to-face, many of whom I have only spoken to via email. More importantly though, I got to meet and talk with customers – the people who actually use the software I help to create. Getting their feedback was really great!

If I met you at the conference and you’ve stumbled across this post, please feel free to get in touch! I’d love to catch up.

I’ve got one meeting left today and then I have some time to explore San Antonio before I head to the airport tonight. I probably won’t venture too far, but the weather looks great for wandering. Actually, I’m sitting outside writing this!