My name is John M. Wright and I'm a professional software developer living and working in the greater Chicago area. As 17-year veteran of the software industry, I've gained development experience ranging from “shrink-wrapped” software to large, distributed networks using multiple platforms and technologies. My experience spans the entire software lifecycle: customer-facing requirements gathering, analysis, design, development, testing, release, and maintenance. I have successfully led teams to deliver software using pragmatic methods and continuous improvement of process, people, and product. Though I have experience in a manager role, I prefer to provide leadership through technical direction and mentorship.
These days I focus mostly on the Microsoft stack (C#, SqlServer, Windows, etc), but my first programming job was in C, TCL and Perl on the Linux platform. I made the shift to .NET around 2005 and have been here ever since.
I have a passion for high-quality, clean code. Whether through sharing my experiences with TDD approaches, mocking frameworks, and static analysis tools, or guiding less experienced developers through design patterns, SOLID principles, and the darker crevices of the .NET framework, I enjoy sharing my approaches with my peers and learning from their experiences -- helping everyone "level up" as a team.
I currently live in the western suburbs of Chicago with my wife and son; however, I grew up in Castroville, Texas, a small town in the middle of corn fields and cattle ranches to the west of San Antonio, Texas. I spent my college years at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) in San Marcos, Texas, where I earned my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science degree and flirted with a Psychology dual-major before realizing I didn't want to pay for that extra time in school. I moved to Austin with my wife in 2001, and that's where my son was born a few years later. In 2006, we all moved up to the Chicago area and haven't quite been chased off by the crazy winters just yet.
Read on below for an overview of my work history.
kCura is the developer of the Relativity e-discovery legal software, used by organizations including the US Dept of Justice and more than 195 of the Am Law 200 (top US law firms).
Lead Software Engineer
InRule Technology is a software company offering Business Rules Management System (BRMS) enterprise software products designed to author, manage and leverage business rules and complex decision logic.
Lead Product Engineer
Mar 2012–June 2016
Director of Development
Mar 2014–Feb 2016
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
That Conference is an annual 3-day technology conference with approx. 1000 professionals attending over 150 sessions in a family-friendly environment.
Lead Website Developer / Committee Member (Volunteer)
Jan 2014–Sep 2015
CSG is a business support solutions and services company serving the majority of top 100 global communications service providers.
Sr. Software Engineer
Jan 2011–Mar 2012
West Monroe Partners is a full-service business and technology consulting firm focusing on clients in the middle-market.
Oct 2009–Jan 2011
Sep 2008–Oct 2009
(now AT&T WiFi Services)
Austin, Texas & Oak Brook, Illinois
Wayport designed and developed software for organizations over its carrier grade network infrastructure. With more than 13,000 locations, Wayport was one of the world's largest providers of high-speed Internet access, including Wi-Fi and back office networks in McDonald's, Starbucks and other retail outlets, major hotels and airports before being acquired by AT&T in 2008.
Engineering Liaison to McDonald’s Corp Acct (Software Engineer III) Oak Brook, IL
Jun 2006–Sep 2008
Software Engineering Lead, SOX & PCI
Apr 2006–Mar 2007
Software Release and QA Manager
Oct 2003–Apr 2006
Jul 2001–Oct 2003
Software Engineering Intern
Sep 2000–Jul 2001