Welcome to Twenty Question Tuesdays with TechHub Swansea.
Last week we said hello to the newest member of the team, Eleri. This week, we turn to Jim Frewin, a contractor at the DVLA.
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So, over to Jim and his 20 answers...
1. What is your expertise?
I quickly (painfully) learned when I was presented with my Karate Black belt that you are never an expert... just a little further down the learning journey than others. Currently a little further down the understanding agile ways of working journey than some.
2. Tell us what a normal day for you looks like.
Living in a Swansea hotel for number of nights a week should never be described as normal.
3. How long have you been involved in Tech?
I started straight from school as a Post Office Telephone Engineering Apprentice so have been involved with various forms of technology for 46 years - I might even get the hang of it one day!
4. What does your company do?
Helps people to understand and learn through experience of agile ways of working which in turn helps organisations to become more agile � a real win win!
5. What role do you have now and how long have you been in it?
Agile Leadership for DVLA. 21 months.
6. How did you end up in your current role?
Asked by a friend (I thought he was anyway) to help with an interesting (the term he used) challenge in sunny (yes he did say sunny) Wales for the digital transformation of a Government Department.
7. Whats the most rewarding thing about your job, what makes it all worthwhile?
The difference those agile mindset light bulb moments can make to individuals. Seeing the people grow in confidence as they learn by doing makes it worthwhile.
8. What are your greatest achievements to date?
Bringing up my 2 young adults to be decent human beings.
9. What do you do when you�re not in work?
In no particular order: - Karate - Watching sport (TV and live) - Helping 2 young adults with their building projects - Keeping my aged brain working through Sudoku, puzzles and crosswords - Lots of family things and events (it�s a big extended family) - Raising money for Macmillan Cancer (Honorary Life Member after 32 years of fundraising)
10. Which area do you live in and how long have you been living there?
Reading � all my life.
11. What would you like to see happen to your Tech Scene immediately and in the future?
I would love to see people and organisations understand that agile is actually a mindset/culture/way of working that can be adopted without �killing� traditional ways and methodologies. Agile not only helps delivery but can also significantly change (improve) organisational culture.
12. If you had to recommend one book, film or game to me, what would it be and why?
Being greedy 3 books :
- Sir Clive Woodward�s autobiography (a real insight into building high performing teams) � a must read for any Manager or Leader. - Any of the Harry Potter books that help bring a little magic into our ways of thinking - Robert Holden �Be Happy�. Showing that work behaviours are a choice For me these books highlight what agile can be � high performing teams delivering magical solutions with the right choice of behaviours.
13. Name three things you would take with you on a foreign holiday.
My wife, my 2 young adults (I count them as one family package) and my credit card.
14. Mac, Linux or PC?
Technology agnostic � as long as it works and supports what I am trying to do in any given scenario.
15. Xbox, PS4, or PC (or other)?
No preference - I prefer human interaction.
16. What is your claim to fame?
There are loads (modesty is not one) so just a couple of examples � I have been to tea with the Queen (twice) - Been mentioned on Match of the Day for flattening John Motson (I really enjoyed that) � Played rugby at Murrayfield (I didn�t enjoy that, painful experience) - Got an ex-England cricket Captain out while bowling (he was caught) - For being the oldest person in the history of my Karate style to achieve a Black Belt � Me and my bag being in the pictorial history of DVLA (priceless) � Attending a Boxing day football match between Reading and Cardiff dressed as a Pantomime Dame (for charity) � I hold the local (men�s) football league goal scoring record of 13 goals in one game.
17. If they made a film of your life, who would play you?
I would have to play myself so as not to adversely impact any actors career by being associated with such a big flop at the box office.
18. Given the choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest?
Sir Bobby Charlton � opportunity to talk football over a meal is something that is not really encouraged at home.
19. Tell us something about yourself that people wouldn�t expect.
I am still learning more and more about karate every time I go � one day I might even get to be good at it and be able to walk properly after a training session!.
20. What's your superpower, or what's your spirit animal?
I would like to think my spirit animal would be an Orangutan because they are such chilled out animals that simply hang out but in reality it is more likely that others see me as a bit of a Tasmanian Devil. Superpower would have to be eating � If only eating was an Olympic sport!
Thanks, Jim! Remember, if you want to get involved just click: I want to Play 20 Questions with TechHub Swansea!
See you next week!!