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Employee Spotlight: Mike James

Who is Mike James? Well this Employee Spotlight will answer all your questions about Exsilio’s Technical Project Manager.

  • Full Name: Michael James
  • Job Title: Technical Project Manager
  • Practice: Program Management
  • When did you join Exsilio? May 2016
  • Hometown: Huntington Beach born and raised!
  • Alma Mater: Army!
  • What was your focus in the Military- I was part of the Military Police
  • How would you explain your role here at Exsilio to a stranger? I have direct contact with our stakeholders and clients. My goal is to keep their best interests in mind and give them the best possible product.
  • What does a typical work day look like for you? RUN RUN RUN!! In the morning I will come in and look at the projects for potential issues. I will meet with both teams to make sure that the tasks being worked on for that day are in alignment with client needs. After that my day is focused on prioritizing what is next.
  • What aspects of your job do you enjoy the most? I love the diversity of it. I never deal with the same thing. Also, I really enjoy working directly with clients and the satisfaction of addressing their issues.
  • What is the most valuable lesson you have learned so far at Exsilio? The ability to be flexible. I was used to very rigid sprint cycles, but here we are flexible to change direction based on client need.
  • What makes a great Exsilio employee? Someone who is willing to roll up their sleeves and dig in. Waiting to be told to do something, or have something dropped on your desk is not a good recipe here.
  • What has been your favorite experience at Exsilio? The interaction with all team members here at Exsilio. It is refreshing that everyone is so willing to help. Each person is flexible and wants to help.
  • What are some of your hobbies/interests outside of work? I really enjoy mountain biking. I love the speed, it is an adrenaline rush.
  • What is your favorite activity to do in Orange County? Hit the beach with my family. Of course, my favorite beaches are in Huntington Beach.
  • Food that you can’t live without? I am definitely a carnivore. I don’t think I could live without steak. Rib-eye is my favorite cut.
  • If you were to plan your dream vacation, where would you be going? My wife and I were talking about heading out to Hawaii to hit up Aulani. We have kids, and our whole family are Disney fans.
  • Favorite Game (board or video)? Super Mario Bros. I love the classics!

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