Rudolf has more than twenty years of programming experience in various fields. He inspires the team and helps them to achieve their goals. He spends his free time with his family or playing narrative-driven video games. He is enthusiastic about VR and technology.
How would you describe your role as a lead programmer?
In one sentence: I support the team. I plan the tasks, the features and everything else we need for the next few days, weeks or even months. It’s my responsibility that the team works efficiently and without any disruption. I need to ensure that all obstacles are removed from the team’s way or if they got enough information to execute the tasks or need any help or further training. I am responsible for everything the team is producing.
Tell something surprising about yourself.
I am pretty good at Latin dances, such as Salsa, Jive, Cha-Cha, Rumba, etc. I can also dance the Waltz, Polka and Hungarian Folk dances.
What do you like most working for Sponge Hammer?
The atmosphere. I worked at many places before and Sponge Hammer is by far the best. I treat it as a little gem and protecting it as much as I can. I put a lot of effort into our work to make sure the code we produce is flawless. The communication is working well; we sit down and resolve it straight if there is a problem. The team works together towards the same goal and that is something I want to preserve here.
What has been your biggest challenge whilst working remotely?
Lack of exercise. Lack of movement. It’s very easy to sit down to work in the morning and standing up when I finish. I need to include some physical activity in my daily routine.
What does your typical day look like?
My mornings are super short, most of the time, I skip the coffee and sit down to my workstation straight. I check my emails and messages first in case of an emergency, then I move on to check the reviews if any is waiting for me. I check the tickets and start I do quick planning for the day. What I look for is mainly if any of the guys in the team are blocked or not. After I made sure there is nothing in their way, I check my tickets and jump on them. Half of my day is supporting the team usually. The other half is planning, deployments, reviews and in general, I try to find ways to improve the service. I have lunch with the family during the summer holidays. Otherwise, I grab something from the kitchen.
If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
On an island, somewhere in the Mediterranean, like Malta, Majorca or the Canary Islands. It’s a shame that I am a certified diver and I live so far from the sea. One of my dreams is to work with aquatic animals. It won’t ever happen if I live thousands of kilometres far from the ocean.
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