About Christopher Bradford

Christopher Bradford is VP of Engineering, responsible for the application development teams that produce Ancestry.com's web, mobile and desktop applications.

Past Articles

Thinking like a manager

Posted on September 16, 2015 in Technical Management

One of the biggest shifts for me when I moved from a software engineer role into management was how to think like a manager. Things I never considered as an engineer were suddenly a top priority for me. For those experiencing a similar transition, I have identified two important considerations to help shape your mindset… Read more

2015 Hack Days at Ancestry

Posted on April 29, 2015 in Inside our Offices, Technical Management

Several years ago, we introduced FedEx Day at Ancestry: a 24-hour hackathon to build something fun & innovative, work with people other than your everyday team, and learn new technologies and skills. Participation is voluntary and we noticed that the number of people participating was starting to decline. We gathered feedback from the teams and made… Read more

Technical Management at the Right Level

Posted on April 23, 2013 in Technical Management

As is often the case with technical managers, I started out as a software engineer, and miss the experience of day-to-day coding. I became a team lead and then “officially” moved into the ranks of management as I took responsibility for multiple development teams. As I considered how to be more aware of how these… Read more