With over 16 years of continuous growth and challenge in Endava, Barry has been part of the team that helped the organisation grow to its current size. Nowadays he is our Head of Delivery Units, a role that helped him switch the perspective and taught him that it is never too late to learn new skills and knowledge in Endava. Let us take you through a heartwarming journey of one of our most appreciated colleagues.
Tell us about your journey in Endava.
I joined Endava in January 2003 as a Senior Project/Programme Manager when we were circa 50 staff so things were very different in those days of early Endava (or should I say Concise). It was clear even then that there was a determination in the company to build something special.
One of my first assignments was to spend a month working in New York City implementing software lifecycle delivery processes for a significant finance banking organisation. My client facing delivery roles continued, and I went on to becoming one of our first Client Partners, now called Delivery Partners, managing numerous clients over the years.
In 2006, we formed Endava, and the real journey began. It has been such a fantastic experience being part of a team growing the company to its current size. By 2010, I took on the role of Group Head of Programme and Project Management Discipline for the next 6 years, which allowed me to work with such a great bunch of leaders, many of whom are now DU Managers and Delivery Managers. Of course, this wasn’t my only role – that would be too easy - I still had clients to manage!
In 2014, my next challenge appeared……I was asked to lead two of our business verticals within our commercial client facing business units (AGUs) in our Media, Publishing and Retail businesses. This was my primary role for the next three years and was an enriching experience, working with excellent sales and delivery teams. In 2017, I moved into my current position of Head of Delivery Units, which has given me an opportunity to learn the other side of our Delivery operations and taught me it is never too late to learn new skills and knowledge in Endava.
Which were your main drivers in these past 16 years?
What I love about being at Endava is that if you want to move your career into a specific direction you can, you just need to let someone know about it! I have had some great opportunities at Endava and have been able to work with many excellent people and teams. I have always tried to create opportunities for others to develop themselves and their own careers, and that is how we have continued to grow our people and culture at Endava.
My advice is don’t ever constrain your goals or think your career has to take a particular path. I’m a positive person by nature, so I always look for positive outcomes in every situation. I have been lucky enough to be part of a management team that has helped to grow Endava. This has been the most amazing journey and one that I am very proud to be part of. My proudest moment was being there to hear the bell ring at the New York Stock Exchange as we publicly traded for the very first time.
How would your colleagues describe you in one sentence?
I hope they describe me as someone true to Endava values, someone who gets things done, a team player, always smiling and positive, a trusted partner, fun to work with – BUT they probably describe me as the smiling silver fox who likes to play guitar! I love the quote ‘everyone smiles in the same language’ - body language says so much about you.
Name some books/tutorials/speeches that had an effect on your career path.I guess the first book to have had a major impact on my IT career was back in my software developer days, the IBM PL/1 and COBOL program language manuals. I always remember IF-THEN-ELSE-ENDIF….. Happy days! This is going to sound a real cliché, but The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni completely resonated with what I have believed all my career – that organisational health wins every time. It reminded me that we all have a role to play and that together we are stronger working in teams.
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