JR Richardson, Software Apprentice Graduate

at April 10th, 2012
Joe Banks and JR Richardson

Joe Banks and JR Richardson

Last fall JR Richardson moved from Iowa to join Groupon’s Chicago engineering team as a Software Apprentice. This week, he has graduated from the intensive six month on-the-job training program.

Congratulations, JR!

During his time in this paid software apprenticeship program, JR worked closely with his Groupon mentor, Joe Banks, a Groupon Tech Lead. Joe has been mentoring apprentices for several years, first as a Senior Consultant at Obtiva, and now at Groupon. Joe’s responsibilities as a mentor in the program were threefold: 1) introduce JR to Groupon engineering’s teams, technologies, and practices; 2) guide JR’s pet project; and, 3) expose JR to frequent learning opportunities. These opportunities included subjects such as Ruby on Rails, JavaScript,  software engineering theory, test-driven development, iterative project management and product management practices such as storyboarding (just to name a few).

During JR’s apprenticeship, he had three primary mandates:

  • Develop production software day-in and day-out as a member of several different Groupon engineering teams;
  • Develop a greenfield “pet” project that would demonstrate his ability to fully lead a non-trivial software project; and,
  • Demonstrate to the Groupon engineering team, through three equally-spaced milestone presentations, his ability to rapidly learn new technologies and techniques.

The pet project that JR decided to build over the six months was bugwatch, which he has been made available via github. bugwatch is a tool that helps integrate flog scores (how tortured your code is) to git commits. It helps release engineers and developers understand what commits are most at risk of wrecking havoc on the existing codebase.

You can learn more about Groupon’s Software Apprentice position by visiting the job listing.

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5 thoughts on “JR Richardson, Software Apprentice Graduate

  1. Congrats JR. Great job!

    by Dave Hoover on April 10, 2012 at 11:05 am
  2. Congratulations JR!

    by Todd Webb on April 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm
  3. Great work JR!

    by Ryan Briones on April 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm
  4. Good Job!!!

    by Dima Kovalenko on April 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm
  5. I met JR while he was still in high school through a program that brought together technology companies in Iowa and our schools. He joined us as an intern for a couple years at GeoLearning, and it's been fun watching his career progress. Great job JR, awesome!

    by Brad Rasmussen on April 10, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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