This week we had the awesome opportunity to take an inside look at a day in the life of Jessica Liss, one of our Technical Product Managers. Jessica is a CSU graduate and has been with ReadyTalk for almost a year.
Describe a typical day for you at ReadyTalk.
I typically attend a class at the gym downtown (which ReadyTalk helps pay for) and arrive at work a little before 9 a.m. for the daily stand-ups with the teams I work with. It's great that I have the flexibility to start the day with a workout, so I'm awake and ready to tackle anything that comes my way. Currently, I join the daily meetings of two teams as they review their status on our virtual Kanban board, and I communicate any priorities that have changed since the previous day. After standup, if I don't have other meetings, I like to sit with the engineers to be available for questions and do some bonding – though I have to watch my back since I'm often a target of nerf dart attacks! Before lunch I'll head to a Product Planning meeting, which is composed of leadership from marketing, operations and engineering. Depending on the week, we may be further defining a product's minimum viable feature set, reviewing wireframes and usability testing results, raising risks / concerns about project status, or discussing important projects that have come up that need to be defined and planned for. Depending on where a project is at in its lifecycle, my afternoon may include performing competitive analysis, meeting with the Product Marketing manager to discuss a launch plan, or writing user stories. One of the things I love about my job is that there really isn't a "typical" day – my week is fully of a variety of activities with people from across the business… which keeps it interesting!
Why do you think that ReadyTalk is the #1 company to work for in Colorado?
ReadyTalk is the best company to work for in Colorado because of the people and the culture. Few companies are able to authentically define themselves as an employee-centric organization – ReadyTalk has been able to achieve it. Employees are empowered to do what they love – whether it is coding, testing, selling, marketing, organizing, etc. There is a high level of trust from the leadership that employees are capable of getting the job done without micromanagement. One of my favorite benefits is the ability to volunteer during the day without taking extra time off. It's been really fun to bond with co-workers while also serving the local community. Furthermore, ReadyTalk invests in their employees and provides unique training and professional development opportunities that many organizations have unfortunately cut out of their budgets.
Tell us about your favorite day at work…
One of my favorite days at work occurred a few months after I started… I was working with a team of new engineers on our product called the Quick Launcher. Our job was to take a partially developed product, figure out what still needed to be done, and release it to production. The team unified and took ownership and pride in the Quick Launcher. They brought creativity and talent to make it better than the company could have anticipated. The team really bonded during development and the launch was a big moment of celebration. Each of us brought in something to share for the release party – three types of homemade salsa (one that was mild enough for me to enjoy), tortilla chips, and Limoncello from my recent trip to Italy to make some tasty drinks. As I was grabbing glasses and a bowl upstairs, I ran into the CEO, Dan King, and his brother Scott, EVP, and casually invited them to join us for the party. Without hesitation and with only 5 minutes notice, they both came to cheer on the team. Just last Friday, we had another release party and had all the executive staff there to celebrate and congratulate the team on their hard work. I appreciate the team-centric and collaborative atmosphere that is found throughout the organization regardless of title.
If someone were interested in working on your team at ReadyTalk what advice would you have for them?
My advice would be to be passionate about what you do, know your strengths and the value you bring to the organization, and be able to genuinely articulate what gets you excited about the opportunity to work at ReadyTalk.
Katie Green is part of the ReadTalk Recruiting Team (AKA the Beaphins) She has been in the recruiting industry for 10 years and has developed a strong interest in technology and technical recruitment. When she isn’t searching for technical talent for ReadyTalk you might find her at the tennis court, playing volleyball or learning a new song on guitar!