Emily Lucas is the Lead Developer for SDL Surveying
What do you do?
As the lead developer, I’m responsible for managing our data and development team and their output.
My responsibilities include consulting with stakeholders and analysts across the business to let them know how we can help them to achieve their goals through technology and helping my team to provide intelligent, clean, and scalable solutions.
In the data world, we’re responsible for the receipt, transfer, integrity, and analysis of company data. In the development world, we’re building everything from APIs and micro-services up to our own proprietary mobile applications with the aim of improving our employees working lives as well as providing the best service for our clients.
What made you want to be a Lead Developer?
I was asked to become lead developer following on from being senior developer because of the growing requests for larger technical developments from the business and I was happy to accept because I see a bright future for the department, and I wanted a hand in shaping it.
We get tons of backing from above as well as from our users and every product we build is a step up from the last. The team’s size has tripled in the last 12 months!
What is it that makes you love what you do?
Variety! The projects that this team delivers are fast paced and diverse.
I also get to learn every day and to work with a really great bunch of highly skilled people.
I get a lot of creative freedom in this role and try to encourage the team to utilise this as much as possible, so we are always learning and trying new things together.
What makes a great Lead Developer?
Definitely a logical mind, good business acumen, user empathy, and excellent motivational skills.
We work remotely and are not always on the same projects as one another so positive morning scrums are really important to keep the team feeling included and ready to start a productive day.
What would you be doing if you weren’t a Lead Developer?
Before I started working for SDL, I was looking into becoming a nurse so probably something like that. It’s a profession I really admire.