Pushnami Expert Series: Mitchell Taylor & Software Development Leadership

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Mitchell Taylor is the VP of Software Development at Pushnami and leads our dev team. He brings over 9 years of computer programing experience and has been with Pushnami since the inception of the company. He has multiple certifications including Amazon Web Services DevOps Engineering and is a MongoDB Certified Associate Developer. 

In his role at Pushnami, Mitchell serves by managing the dev team and providing insight for all tech innovation to turn ideas into reality.

For the next entry in the Pushnami Expert Series, Mitchell will discuss the dev team’s work culture, his approach to leadership, and what makes Pushnami a unique place to work.

Team Culture & Expertise

At Pushnami, the impact that each of us makes on the company is significant, and for the right person it’s an incredible opportunity to pursue their passion in a really meaningful way. We look for people that are seeking something more in their career, and that is especially the case on our team. Because of this, we attract a really unique type of developer. 

There’s often a stigma that developers are anti-social or would rather sit in the dark by themselves. That may be true to a certain extent, but software development is often an incremental process which benefits from an open conversation. Even if we’re just talking about new tools that the team has been using or an interesting industry update, I have an open-door policy with everyone I work with. Providing guidance and mentorship to our team is something I am very passionate about, and I really enjoy helping people find simpler solutions for complex problems.

 

A Day in the Life

We typically start each day with a morning standup meeting where we discuss what we’ve been working on since the previous day and what we hope to accomplish next. Over the course of the week, we hold scheduled and ad-hoc design sessions and code reviews where we can review the status of our ongoing projects or any concerns people have.

This allows us to easily know what is being worked on and flag any challenges people are facing, which ultimately helps all of us collaborate to solve potential issues. This process is what makes our team so unique and a great place to work and grow.

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Our work strives to close the gaps between the channels we support, which requires a clear vision. We believe in an agile development strategy that allows the team the versatility to explore new ideas. This helps prevent common pitfalls and toxic elements that can bring a team down.”

Mitchell Taylor VP of Software Development, Pushnami
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For a lot of other dev teams, well-intentioned design principles or opinionated frameworks end up becoming a barrier to innovation. Each and every person on our team has different opinions and experiences on development strategy, and I think we’ve found success by allowing everybody to bring their thoughts and ideas to the table. Our work strives to close the gaps between the channels we support (Web Push, Email, Pushnomics, etc.), which requires a clear vision. We believe in an agile development strategy that allows the team the versatility to explore new ideas. This helps prevent common pitfalls and toxic elements that can bring a team down.

Summary

These are the three principles that I strive to use with the Pushnami team:

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Don’t be afraid to embrace new ideas and technologies. Not every problem deserves a one-size-fits-all solution, and new ideas bring growth to the team.

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Encourage contribution. We may focus on narrow tasks that align with much broader goals, but some of our most significant contributions start as offshoot projects.

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As the Zen of Python states: “Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated”. Engineering simpler solutions often brings better results to the team, and ultimately the product.

Our team is always working on improving the Pushnami platform, which has allowed our clients to send over 100 billion messages through our system. If you’re interested using the most stable and cutting-edge messaging platform with a powerhouse technical team behind you every step of the way, sign up for a free trial of Pushnami today. I look forward to seeing what we can do together!

Mitchell was recently featured in Built In Austin’s “Engineering Leaders Discuss the Best Programming Languages to Learn” article, which can be found here.

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