We are Greater Sum
Principal Software Craftsman, Learning Coach and Co-founder
A husband, father of four, and currently the Principal Software Craftsman, Learning Coach and Co-founder of Greater Sum, Mike believes we work best when we are working together and that there are no best practices—only better and worse ones depending on the context. Passionate about raising the bar of technical excellence in the software development community, Mike is a founder and organizer of Software Craftsmanship Atlanta, a founding member of the Utah Software Craftsmanship group and a former organizer of the Agile Roots conference. He has worked at several companies including Pluralsight, Ancestry.com, Microsoft, and Caselle.
Peter has been a builder of things for a long time. His professional experience building things began with building hotrods in a restoration shop. This led to a career working on cars as a painter and automotive technician. This grew into operations management and now Peter brings his analytical skills and team building experience to the web development arena. Having early experience with apprenticeship roles, Peter sees tremendous value in the application of craftsmanship to the practice of computer programming.
Matthew started as an apprentice building off of a few years of online programming classes. He was the scrum master for the development team at CineMassive and before that was an operations manager for a small company in Shanghai. Currently, his favorite programming activity is solving algorithms on ProjectEuler.net. He spends his free time playing for the Atlanta professional ultimate team.
Working for an accounting firm after graduation, she enjoyed crunching numbers and being in challenging situations. Being driven by a passion for learning, She took a Database Administration Course. After taking the course, she was no longer satisfied and decided to try something new and found herself at Greater Sum. Being in a field that is completely different to anything she’s been in, there are so many new things to learn in the world of software development all around her; and also taking her knowledge from her previous employment to enhance her new role.
After careers in construction, laboratory technology and as a support analyst Mark was looking for a career where he could use his love of learning, problem solving and building. All these things make his passion for software development a natural fit. After taking a leap and attending The Iron Yard Academy front end developer program he was hooked by coding/software developing. Always looking for ways to grow as a developer he has had freelance jobs to internships. Mark is excited at being a software apprentice at Greater Sum because of the opportunity it presents to become a true professional in software development.
Peter saw the first glimpses of coding through his high school programing class. He would go on to other jobs that would require learning VBA to build Microsoft Excel reports. He became a business analyst for three and a half years at Cinemassive managing the SQL database and building reports from it. He would dabble in small programming projects until he found himself becoming part of Greater Sum. He now looks forward becoming a better software developer.
With a career as a telecommunications technician, Danielle has always felt more comfortable in technical environments. After passing the COMPTIA A+ and Network+ exams, she knew she wanted a computer related profession. She relocated to Atlanta from New York and made the leap to programming by attending the full stack boot camp offered by DigitalCrafts. After boot camp and before being accepted into the apprenticeship, she was a freelance developer. She considers herself fortunate to be able to learn and grow everyday with people dedicated to software craftsmanship.
Reagan found his passion for programming while he was attending college as a physics major. After taking a couple of software development classes, Reagan quickly realized that software development was the career he wanted to pursue and finished his BA in Computer Science. After college, Reagan wanted to hone his skills further. Greater Sum provides an atmosphere of learning that he finds invaluable on his quest to become a Master Software Craftsman.
After working for several years in the hospitality industry, Leah decided to change careers after starting a family. Originally desiring a degree in mathematics, she made the decision to pursue software development after finding encouragement from her brother, who is also a developer. After taking some introductory level courses, Leah fell in love with solving problems, writing code and team collaboration. She took a Full-Stack code immersion course and afterwards went on to discover Greater Sum. Leah loves that she is gaining real world experience and is able to work within a team. She is most excited about learning best practices, Agile development, and becoming a professional in the industry.