Chris Picard, Back-end Developer in Highlands Ranch, CO, United States
Chris Picard

Back-end Developer in Highlands Ranch, CO, United States

Member since March 28, 2022
Chris is a passionate developer who is eager to improve software quality while addressing issues related to the software development process. Throughout his 14+ years of professional experience, he has created practices and patterns that enable the rapid development of high-quality clean code. Chris enjoys the back-end development, solving complex technical challenges, and mentoring teams to help them reach their full potential.
Chris is now available for hire




Highlands Ranch, CO, United States



Preferred Environment

Java, Linux, Spring, PostgreSQL, IntelliJ

The most amazing... I've built from scratch is a geospatial planning SDK that led to creating seven different planning applications.


  • Software Engineer | Back-end Contractor

    2021 - PRESENT
    • Performed security-related updates across the entire health tool suite requiring rapid learning of each tool.
    • Led an award-winning hack week project to detect and delete dead code from the monorepo.
    • Spearheaded the effort to update an unmaintainable service that none of the current developers had enough knowledge about.
    Technologies: Scala, Python 3, Okta, Python
  • Framework Architect and Lead Engineer

    2017 - 2021
    Monterey Technologies
    • Architected a reusable geospatial planning SDK used in seven different software applications.
    • Created the software process from scratch, including the coding standards, tech stack, software patterns, development toolset, CI/CD pipeline, and team culture.
    • Built a set of reusable design patterns that reduced team development time. As a result, we managed to be the highest productivity team out of a 30+ team enterprise.
    • Transitioned a legacy monolith application into a set of deployable Docker container-based microservices.
    Technologies: Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Jira, Java, Docker, Gradle, IntelliJ, Artifactory, Jenkins, JSON, Spring Boot, MyBatis, Microservices, Architecture, Git, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Staff Software Engineer

    2008 - 2017
    Lockheed Martin
    • Reintegrated a project to help solve a technical issue blocking client acceptance. I was able to solve these issues and 20 other defects in a 6-week period.
    • Worked as the unique developer of an application to measure contract staffing requirements over time, thus ensuring proper staffing levelers.
    • Built an application framework for a research and development project after converted into a production system. I oversaw the conversion and adoption of the project.
    Technologies: Java, Spring Boot, PostgreSQL, Docker, Software Architecture, Agile Project Management, Agile, IntelliJ, Gradle, Jenkins, Jira, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Git, Python 3, MongoDB, REST, Spring Microservice, XML, JSON, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Python


  • Geospatial Planning SDK

    I was the software architect and lead engineer in developing a geospatial planning SDK that later expanded into seven individual planning applications. It was based on a monolithic legacy application transformed into a unique style of services that could both be deployed to a stand-alone app and as microservices.

  • Service Code Generator

    A project designed to generate service code based on a model definition. Existing model-based systems engineering (MBSE) products focus more on the modeling side of the equation. It results in non-usable code that is hard to keep in sync with the model definition. This project focuses on the code side of the model. It generates code to a set of common patterns that save developers time. It allows developers to focus on the system's complex business logic rather than model definition.


  • Languages

    Java, XML, Python, Python 3, Scala, TypeScript
  • Frameworks

    Spring Boot, Spring, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Spring Microservice
  • Paradigms

    REST, Desktop App Development, Agile Project Management, Agile, Microservices, Desktop Web Design, Requirements Analysis
  • Other

    Software Engineering, Computer Science, Back-end, APIs, Software Design, Leadership, Software Architecture, Okta
  • Libraries/APIs

  • Tools

    IntelliJ, Gradle, Jenkins, Git, Jira, Artifactory
  • Platforms

    Linux, Docker, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Storage

    PostgreSQL, JSON, MongoDB


  • Master's Degree in Computer Science and Project Management
    2010 - 2013
    University of Denver - Denver, Colorado, USA
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering
    2003 - 2008
    Colorado State University - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

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