I left my job at Myer in June this year. Took some time off work and went overseas to visit family. Once I got back, immediately jumped back into job hunting and landed on the Senior Web Developer role with CXi Software within 2 weeks.
During my time at CXi, I rebuilt the company’s website using their web building tool, WIX.
WIX is a WYSIWYG online platform that allows users to build websites without the need for coding. However, you are limited to using their templates.
Pros is that all elements you use have already been tested, therefore, there is no need for worry with display issues and whether things will work or not.
Cons is that I find the WIX system is quite laggy, maybe due to the way their code is being processed and served. Especially when you try to use video background, the site will freeze. It is also known that saving in different browser will result in misplace of items in various position.
Once I had finished rebuilding the website within a week, I was immediately placed into a project that the team has been working on for the past year. My role in the team was then shifted from being a technical lead to a management lead.
I oversaw the project, gave UX advice, find blockage and managed the team to ensure everyone had work to do and made sure blockage are addressed. During the time I also worked alongside the managers to identify issues with the project and in the team. Many companies will have similar issues such as communication, blockage not being addressed, ongoing changes back and forth, and projects dragging on for too long. To resolve problems like these, I introduced daily scrum meetings so team transparency can be at its peak and that previous day’s blockage will be addressed and I can delegate tasks accordingly to team members. A Task list was also introduced to keep track of hours and workload to avoid team members from working overtime and coming in during weekends.
Feedback received are all positive. There is a significant change in the atmosphere and team members find its much easier to keep track of where things are at with written records so data don’t get lost over conversation and we were able to finish part of the project within 2-3 periods of time instead of spending 6 months like before.
Overall, the experience at CXi has been very rewarding. It allowed me to utilize my skills as a developer, pick up new knowledge in application development, try new application such as Microsoft Visual Studio and tap into the management realm where I would like to see myself spend more time in the future. The team is extremely talented and management are very welcoming to suggestion and changes 🙂
CXi Software is an Australia-based financial services software company, founded in 2013 as a custom software development company. Based on our initial success in developing robust, modern applications, in 2015 we expanded to produce and deliver a unique suite of distributed applications that are specifically designed for the broader Australian wealth management industry.