Part two of our series of interviews with Timothy Stratton looks at his early years.  He started with a focus on higher education.  That worked well for him, but not directly because of his studies.  We explore how the journey taught him more than the academic focus.

A Little Background

Timothy is a software development manager at XSolis with a strong development background.  He has a master’s degree and a love for learning.  We gave some details in part one, but dig deeper into how his career started and how those steps lead to success today.

Higher Education Side Effects

The value of a degree is often noted as coming from the work done more than the learning itself.  Timothy is no different and gained many valuable skills while working on his Master’s degree.  These rewards came in some surprising areas like communicating to team members and thinking through details.  He still is gaining from those years in academia and even continues to review his book from those times.

Clear and Concise

We spend time talking about learning and communicating.  These are two activities that we should not ignore.  They are recurring themes for success as we look at those that have model careers.  Our world of technology changes too fast to sit back on prior knowledge.  Likewise, we must be able to share and convey that knowledge for it to be beneficial.  We can not be successful if we live in an Ivory tower of knowledge where we do not use and transfer it to others.

Great Links for more From Timothy

You can send an email to [email protected] for other methods of connection. Unfortunately (for us), he is not a fan of social sites.  Thus, he keeps that footprint small.  However, he is happy to help others, and we can connect you through any of the normal Develpreneur avenues.


Rob Broadhead

Rob is a founder of, and frequent contributor to, Develpreneur. This includes the Building Better Developers podcast. He is also a longtime student of technology as a developer, designer, and manager of software solutions. Rob is a founder and principle of RB Consulting and has managed to author a book about his family experiences. In his free time, he stays busy raising five children (although a few have grown into adults). When he has a chance to breathe, he is on the ice playing hockey to relax.

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