Chris Howe-Jones

I'm an independent IT consultant based near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. I have over thirty years experience in software architecture/development and my specialty is software architecture for data engineering as well as functional programming. I have over twenty five years of experience of technical leadership of teams varying in size from 3 to 80 people. I have over 13 years of consulting experience for international companies to start ups.

Work Experience


CTO & Founder

March 2015 - Current

Washington, UK

DevCycle provides consulting services for companies varying in size from multi-national banks to early stage start ups. Services include Software Architecture, Clojure/Java Development, specialising in cloud enabled data engineering solutions.

DevCycle uses hollistic approaches focusing on outcome based processes based on systems theory (theory of contraints) to evolve software to meet changing priorities.

Work Experience

Obrizum Group

VP of Technology

Janurary 2023 - April 2023

[Remote] Cambridge, UK

Obrizum provides a B2B2C adaptive learning platform for other companies. The platform provides the ability for an organisation to upload learning material and derives an adaptive learning journey (driven by AI) that enables their employees to learn faster and more effectively than with typical linear courses.

My role included but was not limited to:

  • Provide hands on support to the Head of Engineering on a range of key projects
  • Deliver hands on support in ensuring scalability of platform infrastructure.
  • Provide advice on team structures and processes to enable greater efficiency.
  • To drive commercial outcomes through supporting the prioritisation of tasks.
  • Supporting the technical hiring activities.
  • Assisting with the implementation of technical & procedural measures to support information security management.

Work Experience

Senior Tech Leadership

1997 - Current

Newcastle, UK & Remote

As CTO-Senior Technical Leader I have provided tech strategy as:

Work Experience


Clojure Architect/Developer

2016 – Current

Remote & London, UK

I provided Clojure & ClojureScript architecture/development & training expertise to:

Work Experience

Software Architect

1990 – Current


I have designed systems for over 30 years including cloud based services (incl microservices) & async messaging (e.g. event sourcing, message based).

Work Experience

Java Development/Leadership

Tech Lead

1997 – Current


I have led Java Development teams since 1997 for companies such as:

Programming Languages

Here are some of the programming languages I use:

  • Clojure/ClojureScript 8+ years
  • Java 25+ years
  • SQL 30+ years
  • JavaScript Small amount over 20+ years
  • Scala < 1 year home projects
  • Ruby < 1 year home projects
  • Python < 1 year home projects
  • Haskell < 1 year home projects
  • Terraform 2+ years professional experience
  • Various markup languages incl. HTML, XML, JSON, EDN, YAML
  • Other languages I no longer use day to day: C#, Assembly (6502, Z80, 6800), COBOL, Fortran, JCL, REXX, PL1, BASIC…


  • AWS S3, EKS, ECS, SQS, SNS, Lambda, RDS, DynamoDB, EC2…
  • Software Architecture: DDD, Event sourcing, C4 models, Event driven, REST, Microservices, Reactive manifesto…
  • Agile coaching: Scrum, XP, Kanban, Lean
  • Data tech: RDBMS (SQL), Kafka, Datomic, Elasticsearch, Memcache, MongoDB, HBase, Storm, Hadoop…
  • K8s, Docker, CircleCI,, Jenkins…
  • Functional Programming and design
  • Pair/MOB programming
  • OOP
  • BDD, TDD

Giving Back

  • Co-founder & organiser of Build IT Right Software Development conference (2019 - current)
  • MC of Clojure eXchange conference (2016-17) & on the programme committee from 2016-2018.
  • Co-organiser of meetup events for London Clojurians from 2016-18.
  • Organiser of Clojure Bridge diversity events 2016-17
  • Talks at London Clojurians, FP North East, Def Shef, Midlands Java User Group & Build IT Right
  • Guest lecturer at Sunderland University

Blogging & writing

I write on various matters related to software development, architecture and agile coaching.

  • A lot of my posts can be found on the DevCycle blog page.
  • I am also on the guest writer program for CircleCI
  • Some of my older posts can be found on the Wordpress site.


Sunderland University

BA(Hons), Data Processing


Sunderland, UK

B.A.(Hons) in Data Processing from the University of Sunderland.

Online courses since:

  • 2016 - Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (via Coursera)
    • Functional Programming Principles & Design in Scala
  • 2015 - Stanford University (via Coursera) - Machine Learning (MOOC)
  • 2014 - University of Helsinki - Functional programming with Clojure (MOOC)
  • 2001 - Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP)