James Kearney
Information Technology, Software, Investing
Remote, USA

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About Me

This page is intended to serve as an extension of my LinkedIn profile and contains some bonus material you won’t find there.

Work

I’m passionate about building right-sized solutions, durable software, and high-performing teams.

My professional mission is to make it both easier for businesses to deliver value to their customers, and easier for information technologists to create and maintain solutions for their organizations. I do most of my project work where it’s naturally a little more difficult to do that – in more heavily regulated industries (e.g. financial services, health & life sciences) at the intersection of the customer, technology, security & risk management, and operational effectiveness. I’m an IT generalist, and my projects sweep the spectrum of web and mobile applications, enterprise application integrations, infrastructure upgrades & migrations, IT transformations (e.g. DevOps and ITSM), and IT audit defense & remediation.

I’ve had the opportunity to work in a broadly diverse set of IT and software product team roles over the course of my career. When combined with my academic training in computer science, I have found that this helps me quickly frame problems and solutions, effectively cross-pollinate ideas between domains, and authentically build relationships with many different kinds of stakeholders. As a result of this experience, I’ve opted to become a utility player, ready to step into whatever role is most needed at the moment to help my team succeed.

Play

Outside of work, I enjoy creating software, listening to and producing electronic dance music, hiking, aviating, sailing, and doing all sorts of fun things in and around Wisconsin with my family.

Investing

I’ve been an amateur value investor for more than 20 years, and it’s one of my favorite ways to help make a difference in the world. I do this by investing in companies who place a strong emphasis on social good, and in those whose “why” aligns with my values.

Values

I think that values can confer a lot about both people and organizations. Here are mine – this is the compass that guides all of my work:

Professionalism

From accountability and competency, to ethics and respect for others’ individuality and culture, this is both a starting point and an aspiration for me.

Integrity

This is pretty much as it sounds. A consultant without it won’t be a consultant very long.

Extraordinary Service

I’ve a passion for not only achieving great results, but also for providing a remarkable experience along the way.

Simple Solutions

Complexity makes many things in IT and business much harder than they should be, so I strive to reduce it wherever possible.

Humility

No person creates success in a vaccum. By recognizing and lifting the contributions of others, we all win.

Stewardship

Paying it forward, giving back – I try to leave something better than when I found it.

Continuous Improvement

I strive to get a little better each iteration, each project, each engagement. And help my teams and clients do this too.