Hello, I'm Jamees Bedford. My name doesn't actually have two e's, but the internet knows me as Jamees. I like it, so I'm using it.
What I Do
I work with UK startups as an Engineering Manager, helping ensure performant and culturally strong software teams. I also coach these companies software engineers in their personal career growth and productivity.
Currently I work at Attest, which has been voted London's 5th best startup to work for. Before that I was on the engineering leadership team at Monzo and have done software work over the years for various clients, such as: The Office of National Statistics, AT&T, John Lewis and Hiscox.
I dropped out of school when I was 15 and worked as a van driver, factory worker, forklift driver and construction labourer until the age of 24. I taught myself to code and have worked my way up from the bottom and am keen to share lessons I have learnt along the way.
What is this Blog?
I have been writing articles for several years but never in one place so I started this site to build a resource of all my writing and activity.
My belief is that there is much more to software engineering than just being technically skilled, and there is a lack of approachable articles in one place on the interwebs for software engineers to learn about the soft & life skills that help you excel at development.
This blog will examine everything from morning routines, habits, health and wellness, meditation and how these things can have a positive impact on your work, as well as sharing my advice for people looking to either get into or progress in the industry.
So if you’re looking for ways to work more effectively, be more competitive in your career field, start learning code well or become more productive in general, you’re definitely in the right place.
Summarised in a one-liner, the intention of this blog is:
to help software developers become more productive, successful and happy.
This blog will cover:
- Career skills. Become more effective at work, allowing you to apply for your dream job or get the promotion you are chasing.
- Productivity. Learn more in less time, study and work more efficiently, keep yourself and your work more organised.
- Life in general. I explore morning routines, habits, mindfulness and minimalism and whether these can make you a stronger software engineer.
- Technical. Tutorials and how-to guides about the tech that I am interested in. I'm still a software engineer at the end of the day!
- Book Notes. I read daily. A variety of books from technical to self-help to business related. I extract the most useful points from each book I read and share my opinions of it.
- Interviews. I speak to different people from the industry and get their perspectives on the above topics.
Sound interesting? Want to know where you should start?
1) Check out the 'topics' page here.
All of the content on this site is broken down into topics. To find something specific to your interests, along with the search bar, this is the best way to find it!
2) Sign up to my The Retrospective!
Each week I share a question to get my readers to think and reflect, as well as sharing what has bought me the most value over the week. It would mean the world if you would sign up!
Aside from here, this is where I post most of my content. I would be honoured if you followed me and I will be able to deliver even more value to you.
Thanks so much for getting this far my friends. I truly hope you find value from this site, whether it is one article in particular or you find all of the writing an interesting read. I appreciate the support forever and always.