What does your role at Futurice involve?
Currently I’m a project lead and proxy product owner working with a client in the mobility sector. I also support Futurice’s Health theme, co-leading our monthly Global Health Exchange where we seek to share knowledge across the different Futurice sites and create opportunities to support the health industry’s digital transformation.
What did you do before Futurice and has that experience contributed to your current role?
Before moving to Berlin, I studied comparative literature in the USA and Paris, which taught me how to break things down and analyse the individual pieces and to weave ideas together to produce a coherent overarching story. What really drives me is trying to understand the big picture and then see where my contribution can make an impact. I’ve always been something of a generalist and my curious nature definitely contributes to that. The common thread in my studies and career – throughout the evolution from literature to tech and then to product – has been wanting to engage with complexity and learn how to navigate through it.
What’s your secret superpower at work?
Connecting with a lot of different people in the company and learning a little bit about what they do. Just by having short conversations here and there, I’ve developed a better sense of what’s going on overall at Futurice and where we’re headed, compared to the limited perspective I had when I joined.
What makes Futurice different from other companies?
Although the company has a general sense of direction, it’s up to the employees to figure out how we get there. Everyone here is trusted to “know what good looks like”, so we’re given a lot of freedom. That was challenging for me at first, because I was used to a more structured work environment, but now I feel at home. The people here are really supportive and want each other to succeed and that became clearer as I became part of the fabric of the company.
In your opinion, what’s the best way to be future-resilient?
For me, it’s to stay curious – that means paying attention to changes and trying to understand why they’re happening – which keeps me aware and dynamic. My curiosity also means that I experiment and try new things.