Ben Gracewood

Ben Gracewood

Location
Auckland, New Zealand
Industry
Information Technology and Services

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Ben Gracewood's Overview

Current
  • VP Engineering at VendHQ.com
  • Co-founder and Director at Codemania
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Ben Gracewood's Summary

I help people make stuff with computers.

Specialties: mentoring developers, solving problems, making mobile phones and computers turn pixels on and off in a predetermined manner, so as to convey information.

Ben Gracewood's Skills & Expertise

  1. Windows Azure
  2. iPhone development
  3. Android Development
  4. iOS development
  5. Security
  6. Windows 8
  7. Windows Phone
  8. Conference Coordination
  9. Public Speaking
  10. Software Development
  11. Windows
  12. .NET
  13. Web Development
  14. JavaScript
  15. WCF
  16. SharePoint
  17. Agile Methodologies
  18. Microsoft SQL Server
  19. ASP.NET
  20. Integration
  21. Solution Architecture
  22. C#
  23. Scrum
  24. Program Management
  25. Mobile Devices
  26. Architecture
  27. Mobile Applications
  28. Klout
  29. REST
  30. HTML 5
  31. Android
  32. Pre-sales
  33. Web Services
  34. Motivational Speaking
  35. PHP
  36. Web Applications
  37. SQL
  38. After Dinner Speaking
  39. Recruitment Advertising
  40. Architectures

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Ben Gracewood's Experience

VP Engineering

VendHQ.com

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Internet industry

August 2013Present (1 year 2 months) Auckland, New Zealand

My job here is to look after our team of Vendgineering superstars, ensuring they have everything they need to do their jobs, and moving any impediments out of their way. I make sure they can do their best work, with the right mix of shipt-it attitude and supportive culture - where developers can rely on me and each other to get things done the right way.

Hey: we're hiring. Especially senior front-end web devs (HTML/SASS/JS etc) and API devs (PHP, SQL, etc)

Progress to date:
- Bringing focus to product backlog and priorities (shipping the right thing, right now).
- Building an engineering culture of trust, responsibility and ownership.
- Implementing Kanban development process to match the cadence of SaaS releases.
- Putting together an engineering team structure that works at scale.

Co-founder and Director

Codemania

January 2011Present (3 years 9 months) Auckland, New Zealand

Codemania is a conference for software developers of all stripes. It is designed to inspire and challenge developers, and act as a beacon for Auckland and New Zealand's software development community.

Ben Gracewood's Certifications

  • Certified Scrum Master

    • Scrum Alliance
  • Microsoft Windows Phone MVP

    • Microsoft
    • January 2011 to December 2011
  • SharePoint Elite (Infrastructure)

    • Microsoft New Zealand

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