I have been working as a Quality Analyst with ThoughtWorks since 2012. While I have never focused on a specific specialty, I always focused on bridging the gap between the different development team roles. Currently that includes a focus on Continuous Integration and Delivery as a business concern and highlighting Cross Functional Requirements (in particular Accessibility) as early as possible so that we can build the software right in a cost effective way.
Before coming to ThoughtWorks I worked in real estate investments and really enjoy staying active in youth lacrosse coaching.
I came to find ThoughtWorks by
what seems to be a pretty common way, an enthusiastic ThoughtWorker friend! She felt that my goals and passions would be a good fit on all three pillars, and I have to say she was right.
The best advice I can give a current or future ThoughtWorker is
to always keep your eyes and ears open; every single person I have had the opportunity to interact with has taught me something.
One of the most interesting stories I recall from my time at ThoughtWorks was when
I had the opportunity to attend the Grace Hopper conference in 2013. We had two inspirational ThoughtWorkers from our Pan-Africa offices speak about the work they have been doing with standard flip phones to help people and communities. Their talk not only enthralled the room; it actually brought attendees to tears during the Q & A session over the impact of their work. The true testiment of their impact was the number of people who lent their support to the effort after attending.
The thing I love most about my work is
how exciting it is to see the world from so many unique perspectives. Opportunities range from working alongside a Fortune 500 company, to an NGO on another continent, or a community gathering down the block. Each experience has grown me as a person and a technologist through understanding how learnings in one context can create a breakthrough in completely different environment.
The thing I'm most proud of from my time here is
getting to give back to ThoughtWorks University. I attended TWU in 2012 and within the first few moments realized this was a different type of company and I was in for a ride. The passion of my trainers and peers made it a clear I would need to return one day as a trainer. Almost 3 years and fifteen training groups later I got that chance and could not be more thankful for those experiences and the people I have met at TWU.
With ThoughtWorks, I've visited
India, Kenya, the UK, as well as many locations in North America on projects. However, opportunities created through my time at TW has also led me to Singapore, Brazil, Germany, Romania, Estonia, Germany, and Finland.