Employee Spotlight: Kazi Islam, Software Development Lead

  An Interview with Avanti’s Software Development Lead


Where were you born?

I was born in Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh.

Any siblings/children/spouse/pets?

I have a younger brother and a sister, I was married 10 years ago, and I have 2 beautiful daughters

What did you study?

I got my Bachelor of Computer Science [Honours] from University of Windsor in 2007.

Where did you work before Avanti?

I was working at Ericsson Canada as a Software Development Lead
When did you start at Avanti and why?

I started at Avanti in May 2017 and it seemed like a good opportunity to gain experience in a different industry and work with some great people

What do you most love about your role?

I get to solve problems. Problems can be in the form of a system bug or a new design problem to solve a customers’ problems through a new feature design. I also get an insight to how my work is impacting the customers and how it is helping them, because we are a very customer focused company.

How has your role changed over time?

At Avanti it has not changed that much, except for the fact that I spent a lot of time these days helping my team mates, compared to when I started.

What’s the one thing you’re most proud of? (personal/family)

I left my family and my country to pursue my dream of becoming a software developer and have a better life. I believe I have achieved that.

What influenced you to get into this business?

I was influenced after learning about the complexity of the product and the complex problems our system is trying to automate.

What books are you reading?

This is Day One – Drew Dudley

Last movie you saw.

Avengers End Game

Favourite music/artist

I love instrumental music and my favourite artist is Vangelis

What do you do in your spare time/hobbies

These days I hardly get any time to spend on my hobby which is Photography

What do you do from day-to-day in your role?

I mostly work on designing and developing new features for customer and also work on bugs. The rest of my time is spent in making sure my team members are not blocked and prepare some reports.

What are some causes that you care about?

I care about feeding hungry children in my home country, I am a supporter of https://bidyanondo.org/

If you had one piece of career advice to give, what would it be?

Every after few months challenge yourself to learn something new or solve some new problems.


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