May 02 2017
Check out the Q&A below to learn more about our newest Mojo!
I earned a B.A. in English from Metro State University of Denver, became a freelance writer for several years before pursuing technical writing, and through an internship, found myself in a role in the Enterprise Applications section of the Governor’s Office of Information Technology. It was in that role that I learned how to collaborate with clients to understand their goals, recommend ways that technology could get them there, balance innovation with pragmatism, and coordinate various resources to get the (right) work done.
I led a project to build an application to help the Governor’s Office staff conduct policy, legal, and fiscal analysis on proposed legislation. This helped them produce a memo for each bill advising the Governor to sign or veto. I learned a lot about the legislative process and I got to work on something that I knew would have a clear impact on the public, which was very validating.
I love solving problems, brainstorming ideas, and helping cool stuff get built.
Excellent communication skills, inexhaustible curiosity, and vulnerability.
I like having the opportunity to balance my creative and analytical sides. Being in this role is intellectually exhilarating.
I think one of the most valuable things a PM should know how to do is cope with “not knowing” - unforeseen risks, complexities, and complications - and still managing a good relationship with the client that takes those uncertainties into account. In my last role, I worked on a project to help replace an aging FTP server without any documentation or visibility into who was still using it, a task that we accomplished with minimal disruption because we employed a relentless communication strategy. I have found that being honest and forthright in communication is critical in surfacing and mitigating risks and managing stakeholder expectations.
Aside from the variety of projects, wicked smart people, and friendly canine mascots, I’m excited about the learning potential.
I’ve read some work by Eric Ries, Ben Horowitz, and Marty Cagan. Though I must say I am more of a podcast person! I enjoy This Is Product Management, Note to Self, StartUp, and Planet Money, among many others.
My telescope. No power outlet necessary, and I feel like the light pollution wouldn’t be an issue.
Machine learning and artificial intelligence might make some waves here or there.
I would love to start my own business or nonprofit.
Driving into the mountains with my family, looking at my son’s art, lake swimming, whiskey on the rocks, and cooking big dinners for friends and family.
The red pill. Knowing is better than not knowing.