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Andy Ferguson

“When I was less socially capable, I would often look at the polished and impenetrable parts of people’s personalities (especially people I really liked) and mistake the bits of my own personality I saw reflected there as some sort of mutual affinity. It’s easy to assume that someone thinks or feels the same way you do, especially when it’s the outcome you want. Fast forward a good few years, and I think I’m getting better at differentiating between reflections of my own psyche and genuine connection and affinity. I still get it wrong sometimes though, and if what I’m seeing is so close to a reflection but is actually not, then it’s still possible to misread someone and fail to actually see what is right there in front of me.”

Location:

Birmingham, England United Kingdom

Professional title:

Service Development and Release Manager in the New Core programme at the University of Birmingham.

What do you do?

Developing and releasing IT solutions to make business processes more efficient and effective.

Why?

I believe that good technology (and knowing how to use it properly) makes us more productive, more effective, and just better at everything we do. I received a great education, and learned to do a wide variety of useful things, and I want to put some of that back. I also want to to promote the idea that being good at IT and being a good writer and speaker are not mutually exclusive. Everyone can do a bit of everything, and we all have untapped talents we could explore further.

What should we read?

Algorithms to Live By - Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths

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