Meet Madison Dishman, 4C Software Developer & Team Lead
Learn more about life at 4C Strategies' Orlando Development Hub
Author: Madison Dishman
Bio: Madison Dishman is a Software Developer and Team Lead at 4C Strategies’ Orlando Development Hub.
What is it like working in a diverse environment full of opportunity? We meet Madison Dishman to find out.
Madison is a Software Developer and Team Lead at our Orlando Development Hub in Florida. Find out how she got her start at 4C Strategies and how her role has developed over her time here.
Madison, let’s start at the beginning, how did you get interested in software engineering?
I did a lot of software classes as a kid on weekends, after my dad offered to get me a laptop. I completed a wide range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) courses and even became Modelling and Simulator Certified. When I graduated from high school it felt natural for me to Major in Computer Science. I got an internship at Cole Engineering and was with them throughout my studies before joining them straight out of university.
How did you discover 4C?
Having spent a lot of time studying and working remotely, and by that I mean being at home due to the pandemic, I wanted a change.
A friend of mine who worked at 4C told me about it and how it was a refreshing change to some of the bigger software companies in the Orlando region. I was pretty sold already and when I walked into the office I was struck by the diversity and dynamic working environment. I’d never seen so many women working in development and knew that I wanted to be a part of it.
So then you joined 4C?
Yes, I started as a Developer, but interestingly my first days coincided with the company annual kick-off. This meant that one of my first tasks was to organize my flight to Spain. After that I got into the rhythm of things.
I’ve been here for about 1.5 years working on the development of the US Army’s Training Management Tool (TMT) and a wargaming solution for the US Marines Corps.
“I’d never seen so many women working in development and knew that I wanted to be a part of it.”
Madison Dishman, Software Development Team Lead – 4C Strategies
How has your role changed during this time?
When I joined the company, it was purely a software engineering position. I then became Scrum Master and am now Team Lead. The team consists of five people in the Orlando office, with support when needed from the Swedish Development Hub. I still do a lot of software development, which is how I like it – around 80 percent of my time is spent coding and the rest on planning and leadership tasks.
You mentioned 4C’s “dynamic environment” earlier, what did you mean by that?
We work in small teams where everyone is invited to get involved. It’s OK to question things and look for ways to improve processes. It’s an agile, open and friendly place to work with opportunities to develop. People want to help you to learn here and be the best at what you do. And, of course, it’s diverse, with different genders and cultures, which makes it more fun.
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What would you say to somebody looking for a new challenge in software development?
Come and meet us and you’ll want to join our growing team. You’ll get to work with kind and talented people and be part of developing solutions that make a difference. You’ll have fun at work and great opportunities to grow in your position and into new roles.
Finally, what do you do when you’re not developing training and management software?
I’m a real homebird and love to relax with a good book or in front of the TV. Right now, I’m re-watching Gilmore Girls. It’s an all-time favorite of mine. And I’d really recommend Wednesday, if you haven’t seen it yet.”
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