Product Manager, Desire2Learn
Robert worked on the Learning Repository team at Desire2Learn Toronto for the summer of 2013, and we were very lucky to have him!
As a manager, it's pretty rare to be able to on-board a junior developer and have them be effectively contributing within 2 months. But in that time Robert integrated himself into our Agile team, quickly got up to speed with the technology, and cranked out a really solid contribution to the product. We were all very impressed with his dedication and quality of his work. The project we gave him was challenging and had plenty of dependencies on our APIs, both of which he understood and overcame quickly.
Robert is clearly someone special, who will be a leader-by-example to fellow developers. He is efficient, exact, and eager to do the right thing (rather than hack out a quick solution).
Our team is pretty diverse (testers, developers, product management, etc.) and from what I saw Robert learned a lot, and was a social, engaged team member.
It was a pleasure to work with Robert, and I'm very much hoping to have him back at Desire2Learn for his upcoming co-op terms!