Hello! This is the website and portfolio of Chris Northwood (I'm sometimes found online using the handle laser or a variation and I hold the radio callsigns M3NTW and 2E0NTW). I'm trans, and use the pronouns she/her.
I'm a campaigner in Manchester City Centre for the Liberal Democrats.
I've written a book: The Full Stack Developer, published by Apress. It's the book I wish I had when I started as a junior developer, and covers almost everything I've learnt in my career so far. You can buy it from Amazon.
What I believe
- I believe in Continuous Delivery in a cross-functional product team embracing DevOps and design together.
- I believe in Agile projects and Kanban
- I'm a polyglot programmer, working across the full web stack, who believes in using the best tool for the job
- I work in cross-functional teams focussed on delivery: swarming on problems, rather than siloed roles and responsibilities
- I believe that software delivery should be integrated into the business, not a separate team
- I believe in effective code reviews
- I build accessibility and security in from the start
- I use Test-Driven Development and Continuous Integration
- I believe in working at a sustainable pace
What I've done
Consultant on addressing scaling issues
Head of Development from May 2020
Digital Transformation Project Lead
Technical Lead and Architect
Published works: Cox, J., Jones, R., Northwood, C., Tutcher, J., & Robinson, B. (2017, June). Object-Based Production: A Personalised Interactive Cooking Application. In Adjunct Publication of the 2017 ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video (pp. 79-80). ACM.
QA Engineer & Intern Developer
What I know
MSc Computer Science with Speech & Language Processing (University of Sheffield)
Final result: Performance with Distinction
Awarded the Fretwell-Downing prize for performance in thesis: Temporal Expression Recognition and Normalisation in Python.
BEng Computer Science (University of York)
Final result: Second class honours, first division