Meet the Team – Peter Coppinger, Founder and Lead Developer

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We are going to make more of an effort to show you behind the scenes here at TeamworkPM HQ. As part of this initiative, we’re going to introduce you to each of the team members. First up is Digital Crew Founder and Lead Developer Peter Coppinger…
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OK, over to you Peter… tell us a little about your background…

Hi All, it’s good to introduce myself and come out of my programming dungeon office for some air…

I’m 32, live in Cork City, Ireland, and I love my job. In fact, I started programming on a Commodore 64 back in the day when I was just 8. At 10 years old I was inspired when reading about good old Bill Gates, and even then I knew that I wanted to make amazing software with a like-minded team of great developers.

I co-founded Digital Crew over 11 years ago. For many years we were a small web consultancy and we completed hundreds of content-managed websites for small and medium-sized companies. We transitioned to developing powerful web applications for multinational clients.

About three years ago we decided that we needed to get more organized and so we searched for an online project management application. What we found dismayed us, and so that summer, while visiting my sister in Boston for a few weeks, I set about creating TeamworkPM.

I programmed version 1.0 on my lonesome sitting on my sister’s sofa in the sweltering heat. TeamworkPM has come a long way since then and we have learned a lot in the process. I thoroughly enjoy getting down and dirty with the code, database and interface design.

I love making great software for you, and I’m more motivated by your positive feedback and the satisfaction of a job well done than I ever will be by money.

So what do you work on each day…

I’m responsible for developing the TeamworkPM codebase and keeping everything running efficiently. We have a rule that bugs must be fixed before any new features are added, so every day I come to work and check the bug list.

We typically try to clear the list of small and large bugs before moving on to feature development. When any bugs are cleared, I turn to the roadmap, pick the most important task and I get stuck in.

I also spend a lot of time optimizing TeamworkPM so that everything is nice and fast. I check logs for slow queries, add indexes and optimize them, and implement caching mechanisms that allow us to scale and provide a better, faster experience. We believe that speed is an important feature for TeamworkPM.

Finally, we’re a small team so we all stay involved in answering your feedback and marketing TeamworkPM.

What are you working on today?

Today I’ve been putting the finishing touches on a new file upload server system. Over the last week I’ve designed and implemented a system to take over the processing of all our file uploads (and thumbnail and file serving) so that these file uploads won’t have an impact on the performance of the main application.

Once this system is rolled out, uploads will be faster, thumbnail generation will be faster and better, and the entire TeamworkPM application will be a little faster, more robust and able to scale better. So you should expect a subtle speed improvement in a few days time.

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Anything to add?
Just to say that we have BIG plans for TeamworkPM. It’s already pretty damn good, but in a few months time it’s going to knock your socks off.

It’s a pleasure working on software that helps thousands of companies around the world do their work faster and better. For me, it’s extremely gratifying when I see your posts on Twitter, feedback and testimonials that recognize the hours of design, re-design, debate and programming effort that went into a feature.

So to you all I say thank you, and if you haven’t chimed in already we’d love to get a testimonial from you. Cheers!

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16 Comments

Anonymous

Nice to know a little more about you, Peter. Keep up the great work and take care!

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Anonymous

Good to put a face to the name and hear about the great work you guys are doing Peter.

“Just to say that we have BIG plans for TeamworkPM. It’s already pretty damn good but in a few months time, it’s going to knock your socks off.”

Intriguing… can you give us any hints?

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Peter Coppinger

@J Morgan – Cheers! :o)

@E Dunne – Haha well completing half the published roadmap would be a start (see http://www.teamworkpm.net/roadmap) but we also have plans to overhaul the interface and make all the pages load faster along with a dedicated “reports” area and more. An android app. And…. a whole lot of integration … did somebody say Dropbox, Google Docs…

Shsssssss 🙂

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Anonymous

Not forgetting ‘Recurring Tasks’, our number one requested feature of course! From: Posterous [mailto:

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Peter Coppinger

Eamonn, don’t worry Recurring Tasks are high on our list of priorities. I’m actually really looking forward to getting stuck into that one!

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Anonymous

Great news Peter. Don’t suppose you have any rough ETA on this at all? From: Posterous [mailto:

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Peter Coppinger

We’re not big on giving any ETAs anymore Eamonn after the long time it took for us to get the iPhone app out. Instead we have the roadmap with items listed in order of priority and we are getting through them as fast as we can.

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Anonymous

That’s fair enough Peter, fully understand. Not something I was expecting to hold you guys to at all, I’m just getting asked a lot about when it’s coming as it’s the one “must have” feature for us. From: Posterous [mailto:

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Anonymous

Hi   I’m now out of the office on leave until Monday August 22nd.   I will respond to any enquiries on my return – for any urgent enquiries, please contact Jamie Mellalieu on 0845 058 9051.   Regards Eamonn  

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Karen O'Sullivan

Great to see such a positive story from our own lovely Lee! Read your initial interview on Thursday but missed Friday. Congratulations and good luck with the development of Teamwork.

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neill clarke

Peter, Thank you for your inspiring talk to our meeting last night. It went down a treat .Congratulations on your success so far and best wishes from your home town for the future.
Best Regards
Neill
Bantry Chamber
Looking forward to a Kayak trip on the bay with you

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Peter Coppinger

Cheers Neill, it was an absolutely please. I really appreciate the gift too – very thoughtful.

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