Ed Hallam

Ed Hallam joined the Star team in March of 2020 as a Scrum Master and Project Manager. Ed’s career in the tech industry started with a small startup in the late 2000s based out of Hilliard. He was involved in all aspects of the business, from shipping to customer service to oversee the development of web applications. After that company closed, he moved to Portland, Oregon, and spent seven years working with software engineering teams in a variety of different roles. Of those seven years, four had been spent working with a military contractor providing an identity management solution allowing non-military personnel on military bases. As the cost of living grew significantly in Oregon, Ed and his family moved back to Ohio where he worked for a cybersecurity organization prior to joining the Star team.

Keep reading to learn more about Scrum Master and Project Manager, Ed Hallam.

What do you do at Star?
I joined Star in March 2020 as a Scrum Master and Project Manager. A Scrum Master is someone is who guides IT teams through the Agile Scrum process. Agile Scrum is a process that focuses on delivering completed features to end-users as quickly as possible, eliciting feedback from those end-users, and then using that feedback to alter the roadmap.

What are three words to describe Star?
Driven, friendly, progressive.

How do you ensure workplace safety?
Most of my work is spent in front of a computer so I need to remember to give my wrists a break from time to time. If I ever found myself performing a physical task in the office, I would be sure to follow the STAR method (Stop, Think, Act, and Review).

What is your favorite TV show? Who is your favorite character and why?
Lost is a great show except for that last season. I’ve even watched fan edits of the series where the show has been recut into chronological order. Benjamin Linus’ had one of the most compelling character development arcs. He made it really easy to hate and sympathize with him at the same time.

Do you have a favorite movie line/quote?
“It’s a Unix system. I know this.” – Jurassic Park.

What is your favorite book?
Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix was the first book in the Harry Potter series where a significant amount of time is spent away from Hogwart’s. I found the world-building and action-based plot to be a delight.

What do you like to do in your free time?
The bulk of my free time is spent watching every new Shadowbox production as well as attending sporting events, concerts, art museums, beer and wine festivals, smoking meats, going on hikes, and traveling all around the country.

What is something people may not know about you?
People often say I look like someone famous or some random person they know. It’s rarely ever the same person. I was once brought on stage at a concert just because the lead singer thought I looked like Steven Page of the Barenaked Ladies.

What is your greatest fear?
Standing under a tree full of cicadas.

Where is your favorite place to be?
Walking the Vegas strip with a cocktail shaped like the Eiffel Tower.

If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would do?
Book a plane ticket to Vegas.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Learn how to speed read.

Who inspires you?
Alton Brown.

Do you have a favorite inspirational quote?
Do or Do Not. There is no try.

What music genre do you like to listen to?
Everything but country-pop.

What do you love the most about the transportation industry?
The constantly evolving nature of the industry greatly shapes so many aspects of our everyday lives.

If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Spaghetti with meat sauce.

What was the first concert you ever attended?
The Moody Blues with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Polaris Amphitheater.

How do you define success?
I base professional success on the satisfaction of others around me regarding my work. If my teams are happy, my manager is happy, and our customers are happy, then I’d like to think I’m successful.

Dog or cat person?
Dog person, but I don’t have any pets.

Pineapple pizza… yay or nay?
Never!

Where are you from?
Born in Columbus. I grew up in Grandview.