A day in the life of… Negar T (Agile Delivery Manager)

Jul 25, 2019 · 4 min read

This ‘Day in the life of’ series gives you an insight into what a typical day looks like for our women in Tech at ASOS (hint: there isn’t one) and how they started their careers. Hopefully, you take something inspirational away from it.

This one’s about Negar, who’s an Agile Delivery Manager

My alarm clock goes off…

At 6.30am.

My commute to work…

I always complain that I never read enough so I use my hour commute as a chance to read. I don’t necessarily read just business stuff, but anything to get me inspired. I’m an Agile Delivery Manager so I read a lot of blogs and articles related to Scrum techniques and agile coaching. I try not to check my emails so I arrive more energised and ready to support my team.

I’m responsible for…

As an Agile Delivery Manager it’s in our DNA to bring the best out of teams. We follow the scrum methodology, so we make sure teams use the framework to deliver software.

When you work with developers, they’re really good at developing, but not always so good at organising! I’m there to make sure that they deliver what we promised to the business. I’m also here to have fun.

I support the teams by observing how they work and seeing if there are any gaps. Sometimes those gaps might be filled by facilitating interaction between two different services and organising retrospective sessions where we look back and see what worked and what didn’t. I’ll get them to talk to each other and align their expectations through a series of actions. It sounds simple, but sometimes people forget to talk to each other!

I push my team to be the best. I facilitate conversations and make sure they follow up on what they promised to do. I’m all about making it a better place to work.

I got the job…

I don’t come from a tech background. I did a business course and used to be a Market Researcher. One day I started doing online market research which involved interaction with developers. I loved this world where people developed and made things better for others. I was also a natural at doing things in an agile manner.

A developer introduced me to Scrum and I retrained myself and then trained for the relevant certifications. I knew I wanted to stay in this area working with developers. I did so for the NHS and the media and I love helping them build what they’re best at. With agile, you’re utilising their potential and they can tell us what the best way of doing this is. I enjoy the sense of achievement I get from it. I think it’s a fun sector!

My typical day…

First thing in the morning we have stand-ups where the team plans and tells each other what they’re going to do to achieve the goals for the day. I’ll sometimes have one-on-one coaching sessions with my team members. As a team leader, I make sure all the dots are connected between us and the other teams we work with.

The team has expanded to take on more services so we have to educate stakeholders on how to approach this and make sure we can adapt to the changes.

My most memorable moment…

A highlight for me is when we deliver a piece of software to stakeholders and they’re happy with it. It’s a great sense of achievement!

We’re not defined by the software we deliver though. We’re more like ‘a team that can handle whatever will be thrown at them’. We’re good at backend and can handle anything related to backend. We’ve risen to redefine the boundaries of what we’re capable of as a team.

The best part of my job…

What I love is how everybody is committed to making things right. That’s an environment I’ve always wanted in my personal life, but being in an organisation that’s like this is great. I’ve never been so free to do what I felt is right. Here you get a lot of freedom and it works. You can fail fast and learn and become even better. I go home happier and my hour commute doesn’t seem so bad.

In the evenings…

I go home or go out and meet friends. I catch up on TV series. I love cooking and baking, so making a three course meal is like my version of doing yoga. I enjoy making Madeleines; it reminds me of my childhood.

My one piece of advice for aspiring women in Tech…

Whatever you dream of doing, do it. If you’re working hard for it, just go for it. Make yourself heard and seen through your talent and skills, not because you’re a woman.

Negar T is an Agile Delivery Manager at ASOS. She loves working with developers, cooking , super heroes, travelling and editing books for her writer friend.

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