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Mirko Nowak

Full-stack Web Developer

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About me

The man behind the screen

Hi! I'm a professional full-stack web developer and a scrum master from Helsinki, Finland. I have a few years of experience in national projects under my belt and I enjoy solving problems and finding elegant solutions to complex issues.

I'm an analytical, innovative and a productive team player with a deep passion for technology. I'm always eager to improve my knowledge especially about anything related to web development. Most comfortable with Angular, Node.js and Java but also somewhat familiar with .NET and willing to learn new technologies.

When I'm not working I'm most likely either travelling around the world, watching NBA (go Mavericks) or photographing out in the nature. If you like wildlife photos you can check out some of my shots on my Instagram .

Work Experience

PREVIOUS JOBS

Scrum Master + Full-stack Developer

CGI Finland
April 2020 - Present

I work 50/50 as a full-stack developer and as a scrum master for a medium-sized international team. In the project we use Angular 8 in the frontend and in the backend a Java REST API with Hibernate and a DB2 database. Recently we also added e2e tests with Protractor into our development workflow.

Consultant

CGI Portugal
February 2020 - April 2020

I transferred to Lisbon, Portugal to mentor our Portuguese colleagues and to act as a vital link between our offices in Finland and Portugal. I continued working on the same project from there as a Scrum Master. I was supposed to in Lisbon for six months to manage the near-shore team but it got cut short because of the pandemic.

Full-stack developer

CGI Finland
July 2019 - February 2020

After my exchange studies in Belgium I returned to CGI and I was given more responsibilities. I acquired a SAFe 4 certificate and became the Scrum Master of our international development team. I was responsible for managing the overall situation of the team, removing any impediments that were blocking our team's progress and communicating with the project management and our customers.

Junior Developer

CGI Finland
September 2018 - January 2019

After my trainee period I was working part-time as a developer in another large national project that was being "modernized" from a desktop application to a web application. The new web application was built with Angular 8 and a Java REST API. I was a part of an international team and I worked on both the frontend and backend implementations of the application. The application handles the data of roughly 1 out of 12 Finns every year.

Software Developer Trainee

CGI Finland
April 2018 - September 2018

I was part of a three-man team that created a brand new web application and an admin panel for it from scratch for the Finnish government and it's citizens. The web application is not yet in use because the new law hasn't come into force but it should be published during 2021. The code will also be open-sourced by the customer in their GitHub repository. Main technologies used in the project were Angular 5 and Spring Boot. All three of us worked on the UI and the server side but my main responsibility was to make sure that the public website is accessible by everyone (WCAG 2.1 AA-level compliant).

Freelancer

Centone Oy
November 2016 - November 2016

I created a simple static website for their accounting firm with HTML and CSS according to their specifications.

Education

ACADEMIC CAREER

Exchange student

Howest University of Applied Sciences
January 2019 - July 2019

I attended the courses of their Applied computer sciences -programme.

Bachelor of Engineering

Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
January 2016 - December 2019

Information technology - Software engineering

High school diploma

Helsinki High School of Media Arts
August 2009 - May 2012

Media-focused line of study.