Employee Spotlight: Jim Faes

Meet Jim, our new Release Manager at Wunderkraut. 

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In celebration of his 5 year anniversary at Wunderkraut and new role, we asked Jim a few questions to learn more about him and here’s what he had to say:

Who are you? What's your story? 

I ended up at Wunderkraut (still Krimson back then) 5 years ago as a Drupal developer excited to start at the go to Drupal shop in Belgium. It was a household name in the Drupal community and I had gotten to know some people working there already as I attended almost every Drupal User Group meetup and other Drupal related events imaginable back then.
During those years, I went from being a Drupal Developer to Senior Developer role, and then from Project Manager to now a Release Manager.

What does a typical work day look like for you and what are you currently working on? 

If the train sticks to it's schedule I arrive around 9.00 at the office. Usually, I go through the e-mail I haven't read yet that day and this keeps me busy for a while. As I recently just became Release Manager, the amount of project management work is getting less; this is because I only deal with only a couple of running projects still as Project Manager. Besides, I'm getting myself more and more familiar with my new role by tackling one improvement at a time.

As a Release Manager, my main objective is to manage all aspects of the end to end release process; this includes tasks such as: ensuring coordination of build and test environment teams and release teams, making sure our team is following all established policies and procedures, and coordinating with the Development Manager to ensure a successful process. 

What is most rewarding about your job; what makes it all worthwhile?

Seeing that sometimes the improvements you try to make, have an actual positive impact on people’s day to day working life.

What is your biggest achievement to date –personal or professional? 

I created 2 children with my girlfriend and they are still alive. I consider that to be my most successful personal achievement to date.

What do you do outside of work? 

A bunch of my outside-work time goes to my kids. Either driving them around to one of their hobbies or birthday parties they're invited to, or do fun stuff with them. Other than that I tend to spend my time reading, going to concerts, etc..

Where do you hope to take your career at this point; what's next for you in your professional career? 

I'm not really a career planner in the sense that I’ve got a master plan laid out until my retirement. I just happened to get myself into a variety of different roles during my professional life. For now, I just want to figure out how I can do my new job as good as I can.

If you could switch your job with anyone else within Wunderkraut, whose job would you want?

I just got a new one and not ready to switch again!  I'm mostly excited to see what's coming my way right now; I bet it will be challenging enough for a long time.

What’s your most memorable "facepalm" moment at Wunderkraut? 

Let me see... One day I had a meeting with a client who has multiple offices in the same city, and of course I ended up in the wrong one. Not a huge facepalm, but embarrassing enough as a first impression.

How many cups of coffee / tea do you need each day to survive? 

I'd like to stick to a maximum of 4 cups of coffee a day or something. It used to be way more though.

What has been your favourite project at Wunderkraut and why? 

I don't really have a favourite project when I look back at the past 5 years. I tend to take certain moments of each one along with me, be it delivering a challenging technical requirement as a developer, or bursting out laughing during a Skype call with a client as a project manager.


"Seeing that the improvements you try to make, have a positive impact of people's day to day life is the best reward in my job."

Jim Faes
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