"I started my career as a Software Developer and then changed course to Process consultancy after completing an Executive Management programme. That switch helped me gain insights beyond development and helped me understand how things worked holistically. "
Find out more about how Sneha has grown and broaden her horizons through a global career experience!
I’m originally from Bangalore, also known as the “Silicon Valley of India” It has largely influenced me to take up a career in IT and imbibe positive values from diverse communities. The city promotes ethnic inclusiveness, which explains why most Bangloreans are multi-lingual Growing up in such a city, I made many friends from other Indian states with my quirky Hindi (chuckles).
My interest in IT began early with my very first computer project in fourth grade. Despite all my relatives’ efforts in influencing me to follow my sister’s footsteps to take up medicine professionally,I was sure it wasn’t meant for me. Besides, it was nerve wrecking to enter my sister’s spooky room which had a skeleton hung in it most of the time.:P.
I started my career as a Software Developer and then changed course to Process consultancy after completing an Executive Management programme. That switch helped me gain insights beyond development and helped me understand how things worked holistically. My career and official trips overseas have indeed helped me broaden my horizons immensely and also learn from other cultures outside India.
Dealing with unique challenges at work fascinates me. For example : The Agile Manifesto emphasises “Face to Face” communication. In reality, my entire team except for me was working offshore. In addition, the recommended team size is 7 +/- 2; but in reality there were 19 team members.
In Lean terms, activities under the bucket “necessary wastes” are the ones that your client does not sponsor for but they cannot be eliminated either (they deliver value finally). I don’t find these too exciting to work on.
Cybersecurity programs are usually funded for complying to mandatory regulatory requirements and do not really impact the top-line. Every penny spent on these programs has to be focused on business-critical applications. Liaising with business and assessing the application financial impact is of utmost importance. It is also vital for all teams to look at the same golden source for tracking progress.
I definitely give credit to why innovation! For having enabled me to get out of my comfort zone to a great extent, grow my professional network and learn something new in the process. It is incredible to also see the transparency in displaying financial metrics during our totems – no watermelon syndrome in why!😊.
Trip to frozen Niagara
5. If you had a list of ‘best-kept secrets’ [websites, books, coaches] you’d recommend, which would you include and why?
Videos by Jay Shetty and Dandapani have practical techniques to improve your personality. Warren Buffet is a perfect example of “Simple living and high thinking” which is rare to find as most people seek validation from others based on their materialistic comforts.
I am star struck by Sudha Murthy and Sushmita Sen, who are such strong and successful women following their instincts, respecting their value systems and yet unyielding to societal pressures while achieving their dreams.
I really adore Indra Nooyi for having a long term vision of “Performance with a purpose” instead of seeking short term financial success. Love her sense of humour too 😊.
Chopper ride @ Grand Canyon
After work on weekdays, I try to catch up with friends for dinner /drink or even go for a walk sometimes along the beach in East Coast Park! I am trying to revive my long lost interest in classical dancing with contemporary forms – a fusion of Kathak and Bharatnatyam.
A rough day at work usually ends by watching an episode of F.R.I.E.N.D.S / The Big Bang Theory/ Russell Peters. It is amazing how laughter can help you snap out of a bad mood almost immediately.
On weekends I like catching up with family and friends over a quick getaway or a hike. I enjoy hiking alone too. I relish memories of all the adventures that I’ve tried so far as I was always apprehensive to face them earlier.
- Strive towards being a better version of yourself– picking up a new skill, a step towards a healthy life …could be anything !
- Invest your time in people with the same care that you would invest your finances. Try staying away from inherent vampires who drain all your positive energy.
- Stay happy for your own self !