adam-howard - Websites, apps, and digital services built with a focus on product
I’m a skilled developer who prototypes and builds web/app products for startups, media organisations, and major banks. I’m familiar with good practices, methodologies, and techniques; but I also know when to move fast and take shortcuts. I can take my time methodically tackling a technical challenge (ITV, Tinie Tempah), and I can equally knock up a prototype to put in front of customers and stakeholders (RWE, a bank under NDA).
Here’s the thing; I’m a good developer, but that’s not enough. You can’t make informed technical decisions without overlapping with design, user insight, and business strategy. Making the right thing is as important as making the thing right.
I know how to conduct research and how to find the right problem to solve. I know how to test assumptions, designs, and prototypes with real customers. I work closely with designers and I know how to interface with the wider business.
I believe in cross-disciplinary teams, close collaboration, and rapid iteration. I’m driven by happy clients and customers, but also by leaving a team in a better position to build and innovate once I’ve gone. I can lead a project myself or join an existing team. Either way, get in touch.
Coming soon: The bank under NDA
Coming soon: ITV during the general election
I led development on Skype in the Classroom in a phase focused on discovery and search. I continued in this role as Skype partnered with Code.org, working with a subcontractor in fast, iterative sprints. The project made teachers happy, boosted Skype’s brand, and won some awards (iXDA and two Webbys).
I’m as comfortable with backend problems as I am user facing ones. I cleared some serious technical debt on the Skype project’s test suite, I audited and refactored an early version of the Ghost blogging engine, and I improved ITV.com’s scheduled publishing system in a (hairy, but well documented) 71 file PR.
I built an app with custom Shazam-like technology for Tinie Tempah (Warner Music Group). When the app detects one of Tinie’s songs, it drops you into a video of his lips rapping along in perfect time. Fans can hold it to their mouth and “rap like Tinie”. The app was a success; repeated antics from celebrities like Nick Grimshaw (Radio 1) pushed download numbers, and extended functionality for album owners drove new sales.
Design: User interviews, insight gathering, and synthesis; Customer-centric design; Sketch-based ideation; Paper prototyping, clickable prototypes.
Other: Lean, agile processes; International teams, remote working.