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An Interview with Sneha Sridhar, Senior Consultant at why innovation!

Sneha Sridhar 2 min
An Interview with Sneha Sridhar, Senior Consultant at why innovation!
Born in the ​“Silicon Valley of India” - Bangalore, Sneha thrives to take up a career in IT in spite of her family's expectation on her to become a doctor. 

"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!
1.What makes you who you are today?

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.
        
Traveling and working around the world makes so much fun!

2. What’s the most exciting, as well as non-exciting, part of your job?

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.

3. What is crucial to you when it comes to managing enterprise cybersecurity programs?

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.
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Sneha celebrated her birthday with her client!
4. What do you like most about why innovation!?

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!?.

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.