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The Power of Saying “I Don’t Know”

My Job As A Software Engineer Is Not To Write Code

A little bit about me

Hi, I’m Andrew, thanks for stopping by.

From a very young age I was excited by computers and that passion has never left me. I remember the joy of writing code for the first time using a ZX Spectrum and seeing something I created come to life.

I have been writing software since then and over the past 16 years I have combined a career as a leader and professional software engineer both in the UK and Australia, which I now call home, with a passion for leadership and communication skills.

Yes, we may have a brilliant technical mind but writing better code is not the answer as we progress in our careers.

In my experience, it’s more than the technical skills that we need.

I’m talking about the soft skills that most of us ignore, like communication, leadership, team work, managing conflict and helping the business to solve a problem to name a few examples. Learn more about what I mean here: My job as a software engineer is not to write code.

Through my professional career, mentoring, and speaking at international and local based events, I share my journey, experience, insight and techniques to inspire and guide others to reach their goals, overcome their challenges and be better at what they do.

 What do other people say about me?

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Very interesting and helpful session with Andrew's funny but serious style. The most impressed part is that Andrew used the presentation itself as an example to show us how to say "I don't know" and with a good ending that indicates people to think the deeper reason and strategy of this topic 🙂

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Sophie Sun
Senior Sitecore Developer
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Andrew’s ability to communicate with the audience in a workshop he presented at was incredible. Very clear and intentional how he communicated and was very open to feedback from the audience. The energy in the room was impactful positive vibe and he really connected with the participants.

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Michael Anderson
Electrial Supervisor
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Andrew has a great presence and is able to engage and inspire with an understated confidence.
He easily guided the team from brainstorming through to actions ensuring that all ideas and outcomes were owned by the team.
I was impressed with his ability to quickly command the room with his quiet confidence and professionalism.

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Catherine Quinn
Consultant
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I approached Andrew to present at Elabor8's Lunch and Learn sessions as he is passionate about public speaking. His talk on the power of saying "I don't know" was extremely relatable and the audience were engaged with his content and presentation style. I would highly recommend Andrew's presentation to others.

I approached Andrew to present at Elabor8's Lunch and Learn sessions as he is passionate about public speaking. His talk on the power of saying "I don't know" was extremely relatable and the audience were engaged with his content and presentation style. I would highly recommend Andrew's presentation to others.

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Jade Han
Senior Consultant
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Andrew is one of the very few people in the industry that really understand the value of effective communication between businesses and technology. whilst able to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge within technical skills.

Andrew is one of the very few people in the industry that really understand the value of effective communication between businesses and technology. whilst able to demonstrate a breadth of knowledge within technical skills.

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Henry Lay
Full Stack Developer
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Andrew Murphy has a unique voice that articulates with precision what a Software Engineer's role is. His talk "My job as a software engineer is not to write code" resonated with the truth of the industry and how a lot of engineers are led into a false perception. He highlights a major issue that is restricting Software Engineers from being innovative and solving business problems to provide value to end users.

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Mohammad Salman Khalid
Senior Software Engineer
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