Ruth Baker


User Manual.

I've created my own 'user manual' to help you discover more about me. I used Manual of Me for inspiration; it's a tool to create a handy guide on how you work, for sharing with others.

🔑 Key facts:

💡 I'm an early career developer, employed as a Software Engineer.

☕️ The main coding language I use for my job is Java.

🎓 I'm a bootcamp grad, specifically a Makers Fellow Alumna.

💬 My pronouns are she/her.

👋🏻 Introducing me...

The thing that fills me with passion and energy to get cracking in the morning, is knowing what I need to achieve next and how I can get started.

What motivates me to come into work each day is knowing I have support from my team, and we can all have a productive and stress-free day.

A good way to socialise with me would be in a quiet cafe. I don't enjoy standing in a crowded pub, but I love a good pub quiz.

I have asthma. If I ever need help, you can read my action plan.

🌱 Levelling up

The best way to give me feedback is with specific examples rather than general observations. I prefer to be asked for input than given solutions.

I like coaches to assume that I have little knowledge but infinite intelligence.

One thing I love about pair programming is collaboration, I find talking through a process rewarding, although it's also exhausting, so time to recharge is important for me, too.

🌏 Working Remotely

I'm happy to jump on a video call at work, just DM me a heads-up first or book something in the calendar.

To help make working more enjoyable, I keep my workstation clear and tidy, use an ergonomic keyboard, mouse, and chair for my needs, and schedule regular breaks in my daily agenda to stretch and move.

I usually work from home, and my current work days are Mon-Thu.

🚀 Exploring the Future

My main career goal is to be a great developer! I've been a manager before, but right now I want to concentrate on code instead of leading a team.

In an ideal future, I'd be able to work less; it would be easy for my team to be productive, because we can commit changes safely and quickly.

I work at levelling-up by reading technical books, attending online conferences, and using my skills to help teach other people to code.