Me in Rome, Italy

About

My name is Tim Bridge.  I am currently the web team lead and acting director of Enterprise Web Services at Stevens Institute of Technology. I have been a professional in the industry for over eleven years.  I have been programming (started with VB6 🙂 ) since I was eleven years old.  You can find my LinkedIn profile here.

I am the product manager for various web properties at Stevens– the largest of which is a personalized and integrated intranet and service portal for the Stevens community.  I am the scrum master for Enterprise Web Services. In this role, I am an advocate for and affect change within our team to enact agile methodologies. I lead our daily scrum stand-up meetings, sprint planning sessions, sprint retrospectives, and backlog pruning sessions.  I work to remove any blockers our team may face.

As the Web Team Lead of Enterprise Web Services at Stevens, while retaining my responsibilities as product manager and scrum master, I work in cross-functional groups across the university to establish long-term strategies, set priorities for our team, and establish a management style that leads to a significantly enhanced learning, teaching, and working experience for our students, faculty, and staff.

I am also an experienced full-stack LAMP developer — from server configuration and database management/optimization, to application development, module development, and front-end UX. I make it a point to always remember the human element; that behind every user story, change request, bug report, short deadline, or frantic phone-call is a person with only the best interest of the institution in mind.

My skillset merges together the ability to design and build complex systems, “speak engineer” (that is, be a technical liaison between engineers and non-technical stakeholders), lead engineers using agile methodologies, work with multiple, diverse stakeholder groups and VIPs, juggle multiple projects with shifting priorities, and see long-term projects through from beginning-to-end — while maintaining operational integrity and managing unforeseen spikes.

For the last seven years, I have been consumed by the Drupal world but I also have experience with other (including MVC-driven) CMS’s and frameworks in addition to Drupal such as Magento, CodeIgniter, Laravel, and WordPress.  I also have professional experience in VB.NET, and Java.

I wanted a place to keep track of some of the things I work on, thoughts, code snippets, and problems I face (and eventually solve) as the projects come and go at work.  I figured I might as well post these stories and snippets online somewhere just in case they can help someone else.

I love to work with my hands and I’m an avid outdoorsman.  When I’m not on a computer, you’d be apt to find me in my garage woodshop, out for a ride on my motorcycle, on a hike in the woods, kayaking down a river, or just sitting next to a campfire watching the sunrise.  I also love reading and podcasts (some of my favorites are RadioLab, Reply All, This American Life, Stuff You Should Know, Developer Tea, Freakonomics,  Car Talk, Comedy Bang Bang, Start Up) !
Tim At A Waterfall in Yosemite Natl. Park