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Ada Lovelace Day 2019 - Melbourne

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Ada Lovelace has often been regarded as one of the world’s first computer programmers following her documented algorithm in the 19th century.

In celebration of Ada Lovelace Day, ThoughtWorks hosted a special edition By ThoughtWorks event on Tuesday 8 October featuring some incredible women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Our speakers shared their personal career journeys with lots of practical tips on how to navigate the industry at various stages – from graduate to senior leadership and everything in between.

Please take a look at their slides here.

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Ada Lovelace Day 2019 - Melbourne

  1. 1. ©ThoughtWorks 2019 Commercial in Confidence ADA LOVELACE DAY 2019 - MELBOURNE Dalzy Mendoza, Silvia Sanchez, Michele Playfair
  2. 2. Dalzy Mendoza How I’m Still a Dev After Failing 10 Uni Subjects
  3. 3. ©ThoughtWorks 2019 Commercial in Confidence 3 Failing a lot of subjects Happy developer :)
  4. 4. ©ThoughtWorks 2019 Commercial in Confidence 4 Failing a lot of subjects Happy developer :) Facing my insecurities Continually iterating on my learnings
  5. 5. © ThoughtWorks 2019 5 2014 One of those uni students
  6. 6. © ThoughtWorks 2019 6 2014 One of those uni students 2015 Not really one of those students
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  8. 8. © ThoughtWorks 2019 8 2014 One of those uni students 2015 Not really one of those students 2016 Doing another take on 2015
  9. 9. © ThoughtWorks 2019 1. Make new friends 2. Set small goals 3. Keep going My 3 Pillars of Surviving in 2016
  10. 10. © ThoughtWorks 2019 10 2014 One of those uni students 2015 Not really one of those students 2016 Doing another take on 2015 2017 Going slow and steady
  11. 11. © ThoughtWorks 2019 11 2014 One of those uni students 2015 Not really one of those students 2016 Doing another take on 2015 2018 One hella high of a year 2017 Going slow and steady
  12. 12. © ThoughtWorks 2019 - Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way “The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition.”
  13. 13. ©ThoughtWorks 2019 Commercial in Confidence 13 1. “Talent” wins over perseverance. 2. It is more shameful to try and fail, than to protect a sense of permanent success by not trying at all.
  14. 14. © ThoughtWorks 2019 14 2019 And she lived happily ever after?
  15. 15. © ThoughtWorks 2019 15 2019 And she lived happily ever after? Joining my first client engagement
  16. 16. © ThoughtWorks 2019 16 2019 And she lived happily ever after? Joining my first client engagement
  17. 17. © ThoughtWorks 2019 17 2019 And she lived happily ever after? Joining my first client engagement
  18. 18. © ThoughtWorks 2019 18 2019 And she lived happily ever after? Joining my first client engagement
  19. 19. ©ThoughtWorks 2019 Commercial in Confidence 19 1. What’s in my control? 2. From stressing about external factors to taking small relevant steps on things within my control.
  20. 20. © ThoughtWorks 2019 1. Have a support network 2. Set small goals on what’s in my control 3. Keep going My Updated 3 Pillars of Surviving
  21. 21. © ThoughtWorks 2019 Is the obstacle in your path, nothing else but you?
  22. 22. 22 Thank You Dalzy Mendoza dalzy-mendoza @sleepleaps
  23. 23. Silvia Sanchez A Juggling Story from a Non-English (speaking) Mum in a Director Seat
  24. 24. ©ThoughtWorks 2019 Commercial in Confidence juggle 24 verb continuously toss into the air and catch (a number of objects) so as to keep at least one in the air while handling the others. ● cope with by adroitly balancing (several activities) ● organise (information or figures) in order to give a particular impression
  25. 25. Juggling the Director role Operational and project-based, 24/7 Service-focused, complex stakeholder mapping Digital comms, publishing, web delivery, design and UX Very low budget for CAPEX, relying on in-team capability Male-dominant team, particularly in the beginning Increasingly received support, foundational work required first Customer-centric, strong UX foundations and Agile Moved between tech and marketing, academic originally
  26. 26. Managing a digital team - learnings ● Juggling 24/7 and managing expectations early ● The best reward is the one you get from people ● Learn how to say no nicely ● Speak up, earn trust and use it to influence ● Make your own decisions - use evidence ● Understand motives - doesn’t matter who yells most. ● Communicate, communicate, communicate.
  27. 27. ©ThoughtWorks 2019 Commercial in Confidence 27 A typical day (Mon to Fri) Drop kid/s to childcare Commute to work 6 to 9 AM Work Wake up Get kids/ house ready Get me ready Work Commute back home Arrive home for dinner (ready) Bedtime Books House Bath 6.30 to 11 PM Small business Meetings Get information / coordinate efforts Problem solving Admin / reporting 9 to 5.30 - 6PM Team support Planning / Forecasting
  28. 28. ©ThoughtWorks 2019 Commercial in Confidence 28 The layers Kids behaviour - sleep, emotions, habits Kids’ progress - help them learn, support Activities - soccer, swimming, music Health - doctors, appointments, illness Social - playdates, parties, presents Social - friendships, catch-ups Parents, siblings, nephews/nieces Visits to family Planning a holiday, bookings Gym, exercise, health Haircut, colour, waxing, clothing TV? Music, theatre Marriage, partnership, relationship House - routine chores House - extra chores: flyscreens, aircon House - buy, renovate, sell, move Groceries & cooking Laundry & sorting Cleaning Professional growth Networking After-hours work commitments Team life events
  29. 29. Key reminders from being a mum Stop the guilt! Be present You’ll be a (top) model, finally Don’t judge
  30. 30. © ThoughtWorks 2019 30 English as a second language Practice. Don’t be shy. Ask away. When are you at your best? Excel page (not sheet) Let’s go to the ocean (not the beach) “In my country…” don’t forget to look forward. Keep the YOU that makes you YOU. Have a go! Know your limits Understand the cultural context
  31. 31. ©ThoughtWorks 2019 Commercial in Confidence 31 My juggling tips ● Learn from everything - it’s not always going to be positive. ● You can’t do it all - product manage. ● Acceptable level of fidelity (good enough). ● Forgive yourself - be kind to ‘try your best’ ● Find support systems (kanban, calendar, to-do list, hired help, takeaway) ● Test & learn - if it doesn’t work, change it. ● Catch up on weekends - work part-time (4 days for me) ● Work for someone flexible - if you aren’t already, consider changing.
  32. 32. 32 Thank you! You have juggled well! Silvia Sanchez ssanchez@thoughtworks.com
  33. 33. Michele Playfair “On the Practicality of Adages” micheleplayfair
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  48. 48. 48 Thank You For questions or suggestions: Michele Playfair michele@yowconference.com micheleplayfair

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