Employee Q&A: Mark Holton, Software Engineer at LiquidPlanner

Alison Clancy | September 7, 2012

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Mark QA Marathon

While we obviously think that everyone on our team is pretty special, Mark Holton is that person who everyone wants to work with, not only because he brings such a warm, positive vibe to the office every day, but because he’s great at his job and always has a kind word. Read on and get to know why we love having Mark on our team:

Q) So, what do you do at LiquidPlanner?

A) I’m a software engineer, working on developing the LiquidPlanner web application. Mainly this involves writing code in Ruby, JavaScript, PostgreSQL, among other languages and technologies.  We all wear many hats here, which is fun. As a software developer, we all take turns on Operations too, which is great to learn about and be exposed to Linux, Puppet and Nagios.

Q) What makes you passionate about your job? 

A) This is a great team with great goals and leadership. From one side of the company to the other, everyone is very good at what they do, and there’s something to learn from everyone.  Having the opportunity to be involved with great teams or special people does not happen everyday. Besides being passionate about software work in general, it’s motivating to do your best in that sort of environment, while building a product that helps teams do real work.

Q) Two of your favorite hobbies are golf and running. If you could only do one or the other for the rest of your life, which would you pick?  

A) I haven’t been serious about golf for many years, despite being very serious about it earlier in life (played one round of golf recently after a two year hiatus). Running in races and marathons is relatively new to me, but I love it and hope to do it the rest of my life. Despite some great memories in competitive golf in college and as a junior, I think I’d pick running!

Q) Since you’ve started working here, what was your favorite day? What was your least favorite?

A) Least favorite would be any day where there’s a bug in code I’ve written that I should have written a test for, or a day where I haven’t communicated an important point patiently or effectively in a meeting.

I think so far, my favorite day was after we released LP3, and we had a company barbecue at Liz’s house to celebrate. It was neat to be a part of a big release, and a great sign of good things to come (plus I love grilling food!).

Mark QA GolfQ) What’s your favorite feature in LiquidPlanner?

A) This is more of a set of features than one in particular, but I like the closed loop between the project planning and analytics that LiquidPlanner provides. Being very goal oriented, it’s motivating to try and hit date targets and exceed estimates on work assigned to me. Having the ability to get a pulse on my work in the context of the overall plan, while evaluating work completed over sections of time or projects, gives me and my colleagues a great perspective.

Q) If you could work in any other profession, what would you choose? 

A) I’d aspire to be Iron Chef Mark Holton. Bobby Flay, I’m lookin’ at you, kid.

Q) Go to karaoke song?

A) I don’t do much karaoke, but I have had to sing to my 20-month-old son. If put on the spot in public, I’d politely decline and order a beer! But if forced, maybe “I Can’t Stand Losing You” by The Police.

Q) What’s your favorite saying?

A) I have a lot…but ones I’ve thought of lately are “Gather ye rosebuds while ye may” (in a poem by Robert Herrick), and since it’s football season “Effort is between you, and you, and nobody else. Every day is a new day. Every moment is a new moment.” (By Ray Lewis).