Tech Team Tuesday: Greg Brown
Senior Project Manager
Q: What is your role at SRGT?
A: As a Senior Project Manager, my main duty is to plan, organize, lead and control the project efficiently and effectively. I’m part product manager, project manager, business analyst, QA, client relations, client support and implementation specialist.
Q: What kind of projects have you been working on?
A: I’m the main point of contact for our education Early Warning System platform used in the U.S. Virgin Islands and our Accountability Report Card product with South Dakota Department of Education. I also support Sheryl Norwood, last week Tech Spotlight, with our Instructional Content Management System product with Cobb County. I also try to help out Chris Bailey with our BlenderLearn™ application with Henry County Schools.
Q: How do you contribute to the development process?
A: SRG Technology utilizes the Agile Development methodology. The agile methodology allows us to assess the direction of the project throughout the development lifecycle. This is made possible by breaking the work into repeatable iterations or increments. You are basically breaking a large project into smaller increments with the focus that, at the end of the iteration, you will have a potentially shippable product increment. This means that every aspect of product development (requirements, design, development, testing) is continually revisited throughout the lifecycle. “Adapt, Improvise, Overcome” is a phrase I learned in the Marines and it’s definitely applicable to software development. Agile helps our team mitigate the risks of unpredictability.
My job is to work with our team to establish the iterations. Identifying the resources (people and funding), the timeframes, the work log, the backlog of items, the priority, to communicate effectively with the team and the client and to identify, assess and mitigate risks.
These are a few of my favorite things.
Q: What most excites you about working at SRGT?
A: I’ve been here [SRGT] for almost eight years now. The same thing that excited me eight years ago excites me now – being on a team of wonderfully creative and talented people, the opportunity to work with fantastic clients and getting to deliver solutions that make a real difference in people’s lives.
Q: What do you envision for the future at SRGT?
A: The exciting thing about being at SRGT from the start is seeing how far our company has come. In the beginning, we were building software platforms for clients. Now we are at the point where we have products available that are configurable and ready to install for our customers. We’ll continue to innovate and take advantage of the latest technology to enhance our products as well as explore opportunities with our strategic partners to provide world-class solutions and help improve the lives of people.
Q: What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?
A: Most of my life outside of work involves taking my kids to practice or a game. And when we aren’t doing that, I just like to hang out with the family. We also tend to be very active with our church. But I used to enjoy bass fishing when I had the time.
Q: What would be your superhero power?
A: The ones who know me best will get a kick out of this, but if I could have any super power it would be flying.
Q: Tell us about your family:
A: I’ve been married to my wife Kerri for almost 16 years. I have a son who’s 26, a daughter who’s 14, a son who’s 8 and a daughter who’s 6. I’m obviously never going to retire.
Q: Where is the most exotic place you have ever traveled? Where would you go if you had a month to travel?
A: The most exotic place I’ve ever gone would probably have to be Japan. I was stationed there as a very young Marine in the late 80’s. If I had a month to travel, I’ve always wanted to go to Europe. There are so many different countries that are accessible by train. My oldest known descendant, James Brown (not THAT James Brown), was born in Scotland and came to America in 1772. So I’d also like to visit Scotland.
Q: Where did you grow up, and what is that place known for (or what makes it unique)?
A: I was born and raised in Columbus, Ga. Columbus is known for Fort Benning, which is the largest infantry military installation in the world. It’s also the birthplace for Coca-Cola (not Atlanta), and AFLAC insurance company and Carmike Cinemas are both headquartered there.
Q: What are your favorite sports teams?
A: The University of Georgia is my college team. Go Dawgs! I love the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Falcons. I’m also trying to follow our new soccer team Atlanta United.