Project Manager & QA Manager, Systematic Software Engineering Limited 1994-2001

Project overview:


  • Introduced Agile-style[2] practices to enable a small development team to better respond to customer requirements, stop-start conditions, and maximise effectiveness while minimising churn.
  • Collaborated with the UK National Health Service’s standards committee (Information Management Group) to improve EDIFACT message definitions for medical data exchange.
  • Successfully delivered many-to-many EDI translation system configured to enable the transfer of test results from hospital laboratory systems to physicians.
  • Identified sales opportunities leading to three significant new contracts worth over $8 million.
  • Seconded to the company’s head office (in Aarhus, Jutland) for a crucial role in military messaging product development.
  • Ensured acceptance of Nuclear Biological Chemical (NBC)[3] hazard prediction system by the Ministry of Defence; conducted training for NATO’s NBC experts.

Technical environment:

  • Hardware: Siemens Nixdorf; Sun; HP; PC
  • Operating systems: Sinix; Solaris (SunOS); HP/UX; SCO UNIX; Trusted Solaris; Windows
  • Languages: C; shell; Systematic’s EDI toolset
  • Other: EDIFACT; HL7; ASTM 1238; ITSEC; MMHS (X.400 + STANAG 4406); NBC / CBRNE

Corporate website: Systematic Software Engineering.


  1. UK Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) is now the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
  2. “Agile-style” because Agile came into being in 2001.
  3. NBC is now CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive).