Moving on – reflections

I’m leaving Suncorp in January, after about 3 years there. I’m taking up a position at where I will be joining a small team that drives their website.

My time at Suncorp was largely a change-agent role. I came in to help get Suncorp serious about doing J2EE-based and agile development. I had successes and failures in doing this, but mostly successes, I guess. However, being a change agent requires a lot of personal skills and persuasive skills. To do it for a long period of time takes a particular type of personality, and it’s not mine. That’s why I’m moving on.

However, if anyone is interested, there’s a vacancy for a skilled Java developer and agile enthusiast. Suncorp is an interesting place to work, and the right sort of person would do very well indeed. It’s not a role for someone interested in solving hard technical problems, but if you are interested in helping to mentor and develop teams, then it would probably suit you. And, of course, you get the Queensland climate as a bonus. 😉

Seriously, if anyone is interested, drop me a line at and I’ll put you in touch with the right people.

Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 20 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 22 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

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