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A little bit about me...

Hello! I’m Albert, and I solve problems, mostly by writing code.

At the core, I work with fellow ThoughtWorkers and clients to solve problems - this involves a lot of coding and communication with the clients, both of which are equally important in identifying the real underlying problems and building the right solution.

Why ThoughtWorks?

I like to push boundaries to make things better through my work, be it creating great products or improving business processes. So when I found what I believed in, summarised in the ThoughtWorks tagline “Ambitious missions need disruptive thinking”, I was naturally inspired and eager to join ThoughtWorks. Having excellent thought leaders with great influence in software delivery best practices was the icing on the cake.

What’s your biggest challenge working at ThoughtWorks?

I put in a lot of energy into projects that I believe in and when I’m not convinced of a project’s motivation or objective, it can be very difficult for me. I learned to cope with such situations by focusing on critical parts of the project which align with my interests and give me an opportunity to learn. This way, both the project and I continue to benefit mutually from my contribution.

What do you like most about working at ThoughtWorks?

I have highly intelligent, disciplined, motivated colleagues who will go out of their way to help the people around them. This creates a very high-performing work environment where things get done really quickly. ThoughtWorkers are known to be opinionated, i.e. very eager to voice their thoughts. After all, without the thought, we’re just workers. This makes it very conducive for me to seek ways to improve myself, either by asking colleagues for help when I’m stuck or to ask them for quality feedback.

Tell us something that not many people know about you

I used to take part regularly in triathlon races which consist of swimming, cycling and running consecutively. The longest race I’ve taken part in was an Ironman 70.3 event which consists of a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike and a 21 km run. Although I no longer race now, I enjoyed it most because of the side effects training for such event has on one's character - from goal setting when signing up for a race, discipline required during training, to perseverance needed to complete a race.

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