Résumé for Ben Finney

Updated:2018-09-15

Summary

Computer professional with a broad base of free-software, Unix, and network skills, in administration, analysis, programming, quality assurance, and support. Able to effectively communicate in a written and oral capacity using a strong grasp of language and of differing perspectives. Suitable for a role in dev-ops, system administration, system design and integration, analysis/programming.

Contact details

Name:Ben Finney
Mobile:+61 416 223 222
Email:ben@benfinney.id.au
Website:<http://www.benfinney.id.au/>

Career achievements

2018 Aug – 2018 Sep
Senior Developer
Common Code
  • Software design and development (using Python, Django, JavaScript, Node.JS, React, Amazon Web Services (AWS), GNU+Linux).
  • Mentor for agile development practices such as test-driven development (TDD), test automation, pair programming, etc.
  • Developed real-time web app for auction traders at agricultural sites.
  • Led software architecture design sessions.
2018 Jan – 2018 Jun
Senior Developer
ThoughtWorks
  • Software design and development (using Python, JavaScript, Node.JS, React, Amazon Web Services (AWS), GNU+Linux).
  • Mentor for agile development practices such as test-driven development (TDD), test automation, pair programming, etc.
  • Developed web app for online political action campaign organising.
  • Software developer workflow analysis for major national bank.
2016 Mar – 2018 Jan
Senior Developer
WSP Digital
  • Web application design and development (using Python, JavaScript, Django, PostgreSQL, GNU+Linux, Git, Jenkins).
  • Digital workflow for NSW Family and Community Services social housing.
  • Champion for agile development practices such as test-driven development (TDD), test automation, pair programming, etc.
  • Mentor to student interns.
  • Business analysis and requirements triage via user stories, sprint planning.
2015 May – 2016 Mar
Senior Developer
VPAC Innovations Pty. Ltd.
  • Web application design and development (using Python, JavaScript, Dojo, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Debian GNU+Linux, Git, Jenkins).
  • Computer processing in industrial, government, academic research projects.
2015 Mar – 2015 May
Senior Developer
Willow IT Pty. Ltd.
  • Web application design and development (using Python, JavaScript, Odoo, PostgreSQL, Debian GNU+Linux, Git, Ansible).
  • Business management software for multi-national customers.
2013 Dec – 2015 Mar
Senior Developer
VPAC Innovations Pty. Ltd.
  • Web application design and development (using Python, JavaScript, Dojo, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Debian GNU+Linux, Git, Jenkins).
  • Computer processing in industrial, government, academic research projects.
2011 Dec – 2013 Oct
Senior Developer
Boojum Pty. Ltd.
  • Web application design and development (using Python, JavaScript, Django, PostgreSQL, MySQL, Debian GNU+Linux, Bazaar, Jenkins).
  • Primary supplier for Bicycle Network Victoria web applications.
  • Time-sensitive application turnaround, event and membership management.
2011 Mar – present
Member
Free Software Melbourne
  • Keeping abreast of governmental, legal, and societal issues of software freedom.
  • (2013 – 2017) Treasurer for FSM (using Gnucash, Ledger).
  • (2013 – 2017) Committee member of FSM.
2010 Nov – 2016 June
Radio Host
3RRR, “Byte Into IT”
  • Broadcast communication, on issues and news of computing and new technology.
  • Keeping abreast of industry and society current events of changing trends in technology.
2011 Mar – 2011 Aug
Senior Developer
Empowered Communications
  • Web application design and development (using Python, Django, MySQL, Debian GNU+Linux, Bazaar, RT, Jenkins).
  • Agile development practice improvements (using sprints, scrums, code review, automated integration).
2003 Aug – 2011 Feb
Technical Consultant
Cybersource Pty. Ltd.
  • Database application development (using Python, PostgreSQL, Perl, Bazaar).
  • Web application design and development (using PHP, MySQL, PostgreSQL).
  • “Trim client” networked desktop environment and administration system (using Ubuntu, Webmin, Postfix, Squid, PXE).
  • Network troubleshooting and repair (using Debian GNU+Linux).
  • Firewall configuration and maintenance (using Debian GNU+Linux, Shorewall).
  • Customer requirements gathering (since 2005, over 50 projects).
2005 May – present
Debian Maintainer
Debian Project
  • Package maintenance of free software for the Debian operating system (using Debian GNU+Linux, Bash shell, Python, Perl, Bazaar, Git).
  • User request tracking and correspondence.
  • Policy drafting and negotiation.

Qualifications

Business Japanese Proficiency (229/800)
Nov 2005: JETRO
Japanese I
Feb 2003 – Apr 2003: Holmesglen College of TAFE
Introduction to Psychology
Apr 2002 – Jun 2002: Holmesglen College of TAFE
Linux Certified Administrator
Nov 2001: SAIR Linux/GNU Certification
Linux Certified Professional
Jul 2001: SAIR Linux/GNU Certification
Master of Information Systems
Jul 1997 – Jun 1999 (50% completed): Swinburne Institute of Technology
Advanced Certificate in Computing
Jan 1989 – Dec 1991: Elizabeth College of TAFE

Motivations

Objectives

Seeking to contribute to the free software ecosystem, and enact improvements in the quality of the Australian and international IT industry, both community and commercial.

Interests

  • Free (“open-source”) software
  • Software programming quality
  • Mathematics, science, critical thinking
  • Taiko, ensemble performance drumming
  • Go, the ancient Asian board game
  • Language and social communication