A photo of Clarice Bouwer holding her head in a pose

Clarice Bouwer

Senior Software Engineer

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Remote 路 Mauritius

Going on 16 years now, I professionally strive to develop aesthetically pleasing, user (and developer)-friendly web products with powerful features. I am at my best when working across different competencies within a team. I am curious, I think about the bigger picture which makes me empathetic and helps me make well-informed decisions. I work well with others forming a safe cohesive environment. I value keeping people in the loop through open honest communication.

I thrive in a collaborative - people first - culture. An atmosphere rich in constructive conversations, intrinsic willingness to help each other, pair/mob programming, code reviews, mentoring and the desire to continuously improve.

Coding, learning, solving problems, collecting e-books, reading, anime, music and breaking free from my comfort zone keeps me ticking. Find out more about me.

Career

Senior Software Engineer at Cloudsure Limited

Remote, MauritiusFull-time
January 1, 2020 to present2 years & 5 months

I do the usual stuff like designing, developing, implementing, testing, and maintaining a fully integrated backend and frontend solution for Simply Financial Services and its partners although my focus has shifted to Developer and User Experience.

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Career

Senior Software Engineer at Simply Financial Services

Remote, South AfricaFull-time
August 1, 2019 to December 31, 20195 months

Work in a team to develop and maintain fully integrated life insurance systems for the company. Develop and support a React frontend library for the company's User Experience.

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Publication

Debugging with Chrome DevTools - Quick Front End Fixes

Read about familiarizing yourself with the Chrome DevTools. Debugging is an art form. Often, it feels like you need a series of serendipitous insights to fix a complicated bug. In reality, you need two things: technical knowledge to spot broader patterns and connections, and data on the bug itself to understand the problem.

Career

Senior Software Engineer at CloudAfrica

Johannesburg, South AfricaFull-time
July 1, 2018 to July 31, 20191 year & 1 month

I moved to Clojure and Datomic working in a DevOps powered virtualization environment. I develop software across the stack from web to infrastructure using Linux.

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Testimonial

John Gillespie

Certified Scrum Master and IT Professional

March 20, 2018, we worked on the same team

I have had the distinct pleasure of working alongside Clarice for a number of years now. During this time I have come to know her as an upstanding individual, and an invaluable member of the team. Clarice always strives to perform tasks to the best of her abilities, often going far beyond what the original expectation was in an effort to permanently solve any problems she might uncover. A competent developer, she is able to take initiative when the situation calls for it but also knows when to stand back and ask for direction from other sources. Clarice is extremely knowledgeable, and shows an eagerness to learn and grow in new fields as well as in her current field of expertise. I believe Clarice is an asset to any organization she works for.

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Suzaan Hepburn

Scrum Master at Momentum

March 7, 2018, we worked on the same team

Clarice is a thinking developer, she is able to take the lead and follow as needed, and this ability makes her a valuable asset in any team. I was the Scrum Master and we worked together on the DStv Now project. S he was the developer always looking for the ways to integrate the best innovation and technical solutions while ensuring it鈥檚 still customer centric. Clarice was always looking for ways of increasing agility in our delivery and ensuring quality is built into the product. As a colleague Clarice is always striving to create mindfulness in her work and also in her relationships. I am happy with the work she did as part of the DStv Now project and give her my full recommendation.

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Maneesh Chiba

Team Lead at Higher Logic

March 7, 2018, we worked on the same team

I worked with Clarice during my time at DStv Digital Media across two scrum teams. Clarice has an exceptional knowledge and experience with real world implementations across various web,app and software solutions. She is constantly refining her skills which results in code that is not only well written, but also compliant with industry standards as well the those of the project team or company. She is unfliching in exploring outside of her defined realms and questions intelligently which makes her a huge asset on any team. In addition to her excellent software development skills, Clarice is a real team player, highly efficient and an all round pleasure to be around. I would personally jump at the opportunity to work with her again and highly recommend her to anyone.

Podcast

Episode 202 | Clarice Bouwer - Leaving Comfort Behind

Listen to the episode where I talk about collaboration, empathy, fear, and being an impostor. My top 3 tips for delivering more value: Reflect, inspect, and adapt Be empathetic Perfection is an illusion

Podcast

67 - The Imposter Within with Clarice Bouwer

Listen to the episode where I talk about imposter syndrome, what it is and how to overcome it. Join us as we learn about this and other issues around the often overlooked topics of mental well-being. Inspired by Scott Hanselman's "I'm a phony. Are you?" post, I blogged about my own experiences with feeling like an imposter. This well written post landed her interviews on two other podcasts, ours, and the Reddit front page. I later presented at Rubyfuza 2017 and a recent Jozi.rb. This post and other well researched posts focuses a lot on how important mental health & well-being is and shares a lot things we can do to look after ourselves. Resources I'm a phony. Are you? The Fear Behind the Scenes Developer on Fire 202 Pauline Rose Clance Imposter Syndrome Test Headspace Accidentally destroyed production database on first day of a job, and was told to leave, on top of this i was told by the CTO that they need to get legal involved, how screwed am i?

Publication

Finding Opportunities in the Mistakes We Make

Read my frustrations and burn-out and how I started to use the mistakes I was making to find ways to improve my well-being Collaborating with Rose Weisburd, I wrote about burn out and falling behind in technology." "I learned a lot in my career and shared how I found opportunities in the mistakes I made.

Career

Senior Software Developer at MultiChoice Group

Randburg, South AfricaFull-time
June 1, 2016 to June 30, 20182 years

Appointed to work permanently, I continued my work in a SCRUM team working on the Video On Demand offering including Live Streaming integrating with multiple microservice touch points. I showed exemplary leadership qualities and worked well within the team.

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Career

Senior Software Developer at Britehouse

Randburg, South AfricaOutsourced to MultiChoice Group
April 1, 2014 to May 31, 20162 years & 2 months

Britehouse, formerly known as 3Fifteen, placed me at DStv Digital Media. I joined an Agile SCRUM team focusing on production based voting solutions such as Idols, Big Brother and Survivor. I later joined the DStv Now web team.

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Career

Senior Software Developer at Remata Cross Media Solutions

Midrand, South AfricaFull-Time
July 1, 2012 to March 31, 20141 year & 9 months

In the Cross Media Solutions department, I was responsible for the development and maintenance of automated processes and custom development integration with XMPie for on-demand variable data printing solutions.

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Testimonial

David Sieff

May 23, 2012, my client

I had the pleasure of working with Clarice on a critical transactional web portal, which she helped develop and gave us the flexibility to make changes as we stepped through the various milestones until completion. She is dedicated, hard working and has very good attention to detail along with creativity to work around challenges and provide a viable alternative.

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Amory Somers Vine

April 18, 2012, my client

Clarice is a fantastic asset to have on your team. Her commitment to delivery and her attention to detail are remarkable!

Career

Lead Senior Web Developer at IT Event Management

Johannesburg North, South AfricaFull-Time
September 1, 2006 to April 30, 20125 years & 8 months

I was promoted from Junior Web Developer to Lead Senior Web Developer in 2010. I was responsible for developing, deploying and supporting custom event registration websites in production and mentoring other software developers within our team.

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Career

Junior Web Developer at Globres

Sandton, South AfricaFull-Time
January 1, 2006 to August 31, 20068 months

I was responsible for developing, enhancing and supporting the internal Global Hotel Reservation web application used by in-house agents. I liaised with them to develop rich features that would save them time and optimize their workflow.

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Career

Junior Instructor at Computer Training Institute

Bedfordview, South AfricaFull-Time
January 1, 2005 to December 31, 200512 months

I completed a diploma in Computer Science and one in Information Technology through a self-paced study program. One diploma was through a bursary from the institute. As an instructor, I was responsible for developing pre-test material, hosting workshops, marking projects and exams and maintaining a low failure rate.

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Education

Student at Computer Training Institute

Bedfordview, South AfricaFull-Time
January 1, 2004 to December 31, 20052 years

Information Systems Software Development (2004) - 83%, Computer Science - Internet Development (2004) - 86% VB.NET Certificate - 93%

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Career

Junior Web Developer at Freelancer

Springs, South AfricaPart-time
January 1, 2002 to December 31, 20043 years

I was a freelance web designer for local companies including the Springs Advertiser (local newspaper), Stable Inn and Elco Steel.

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Education

Matric at Dr Johan Jurgens High School

Springs, South AfricaStudent
January 1, 1999 to December 31, 20035 years

I passed on Higher Grade with University exception, represented the student council twice, was school newspaper Layout Editor and then Editor in Chief and Webmaster of the school's IT college.

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