Free, free – set them free…

It has been interesting watching Chandima in action at Provoke since I lured him away from Synergy Fronde (or “Fondle” as some of us  affectionately refer to them around here).


This man is on the rampage – and we like it like that…By no means is Provoke the perfect company (almost – we’re just doing some tweaking), but one thing it is really good at is unleashing an employees dreams and potential.

One thing Chan told me he was passionate about was Microsoft SharePoint – he knew he had the potential to pick it up and run with it – but felt he was never given the true freedom and support to do this.

Now, after  around six months at Provoke Chan has been able to weld his pent-up potential…

He has helped lift Provoke’s knowledge and profile in the SharePoint space, has ingrained himself into the company culture and has recently become Microsoft MVP (Most Valued  Professional) for SharePoint Server    – one of just two people in New Zealand (or 0.0000005% of the population).

Chan will be presenting at the Asia Pacific SharePoint Conference next month (May 15-16 Sydney).

I look forward to seeing what’s next in Chan’s epic journey!

PS – This just in…

Wanted: Project Manager

Provoke are looking for a polished and confident Project Manager to join their Professional Services team. You will be managing  user-centred software design solutions.

To be considered for this role you would need a pragmatic and disciplined approach to project management and ideally be Prince2 or PMP certified. You will be expected to be able to hit the ground running and be an innovative and inspirational member of the team.

Provoke is a world-class, New Zealand-based company specialising in business-focused software excellence, utilising the Microsoft suite of technologies.

Contact if you are interested.

2 responses to “Free, free – set them free…”

  1. Mike Riversdale Avatar

    Sounds like you’ve gained at Frondes cost – on ya for spotting such an opportunity and giving Chandima the free reign but I trust Fronde will learn 🙂

    "Frondle" – niice 😉
    We at the place also talk about being "Frondled" which is probably against many a law but sounds just right!

  2. Chandima Avatar

    Zef, thanks for your kind words. Much humbled and blushing right about now..

    Don’t get me wrong, My 6 years at Synergy/Fronde taught me a lot of things and gave me opportunities to learn. But the main thing that was lacking to me in the last 2 years or so was lack of responsibility and the "free will" to do what "I" as a person liked to do in the areas that I was passionate about.

    I felt that as a person my concerns were not addressed effectivley. I am not the kind of person who sits around waiting for things to happen, I make them happen. So therefore I decided to move and Zef talking to me was just a very small part of that…

    I still give full credit to Synergy/Fronde for everything I learned there. I enjoyed my time spent there and always have nothing but good things to say about the people there. Afterall, it’s the people who make the place what it is. 🙂