Linda | UX Designer
“No day is like the other and that’s what I enjoy.”
At diconium, we are working to unleash the digital potential of our customers every day. We do this together with more than 1,000 colleagues worldwide at locations in Europe, North America, and Asia. Today we want to introduce you to one of them: her name is Linda Montin, UX Designer placed in Lisbon, Portugal. She joined diconium only half a year ago — even more exciting for you and us to find out how she has experienced the past months.
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Start your day right: How does a normal working day look like for you, Linda?
As a UX designer, my workday is defined by regular meetings and working sessions. I guess, especially against this background, the dailies with the team are an important start of the day. As all team members are there — whether UX and UI designers, PO, developers, testers and architects from Lisbon, Stuttgart, Berlin and Bangalore. And of course, as a team working all over the world, our agile routines allow us to meet and align regularly. After this morning routine, it all depends on the day schedule. Sometimes I work on a UX concept and refine it with my colleagues or have a technical alignment. Or it’s about the documentation of our concepts and processes, and other times it’s meetings all day. No day is like the other — and that’s what I enjoy.
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Saying that no day is like the other — what do you think is the most important skill needed as a UX designer?
You need the flexibility to adapt to new circumstances. Because in our field, a lot can change from one day to another — be it because a new feature comes out of the blue and needs to be ready as soon as possible or because the initial goal of the project has been modified and you need to incorporate new factors that were not considered before. As a UX designer, you must react quickly to these changes and have different solutions ready in advance. In addition to flexibility, you also need patience — and great colleagues that support you. Everyone gets impatient sometimes — be it because a concept has been deprioritized and will be implemented at a later point or because of challenges regarding technical implementation. That’s why it’s worth its weight in gold to have colleagues who will work with you to find new ways to make it work.
“AS A UX DESIGNER, YOU MUST REACT QUICKLY TO CHANGES AND HAVE DIFFERENT SOLUTIONS READY IN ADVANCE. YOU ALSO NEED PATIENCE — AND GREAT COLLEAGUES THAT SUPPORT YOU.”
You’ve only been on board at diconium for six months. What project have you been working on?
I am working on a white-label platform solution for an e-commerce — a challenging project. In our work as UX designers we must keep in mind that we are not developing a product for a specific brand or market, but the requirements and features must fit everyone. This is as challenging as it is exciting and allows you to grow, not only personally but also as a team.
“MANY EMPLOYEES AROUND THE WORLD HAVE DISCOVERED THE ADVANTAGES OF REMOTE WORK — FOR ME, IT’S THE HYBRID OFFICE THAT WINS IT ALL.”
Challenges that are successfully mastered as a team must, of course, be celebrated. How does it look like in your team?
Right now, team events are only possible remotely for the most part. But we have found our way to keep in touch virtually, celebrate successes and feel connected. Be it with team events, games, or a relaxed after-work chat with a glass of wine. Diconium comes up with a lot of ideas, e.g., gift boxes filled with all kinds of goodies or a virtual city tour with the team.
Office, home office, or hybrid — what have you learned about your preferred way of working in the last months?
Many employees around the world have discovered the advantages of remote work — for me, it’s the hybrid office that wins it all. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve found out how important it is for me to be able to go to the office when I want to, to meet people face-to-face at the coffee machine, or to take a quick dip into a colleague’s desk. Since it has been possible to go into the office again here in Portugal, I try to come here two or three times a week. On the other hand, I appreciate the silence and perks of the home office.
What is a digital champion for you?
For me, a digital champion is a person or a company that is always up to date with current trends, adapts very fast to new niches in the market, and finds solutions for arising challenges and needs at just the right time. In conclusion, a digital champion is always ahead developing new products faster and better than others. I believe that any company can differentiate itself from the rest of the market or industry through these capabilities, and we are already seeing some examples from small and large companies.
“ALL WHAT NEWBIES NEED IS THE OPENNESS AND CONFIDENCE TO LET LOOSE IN THE DICONIUM COMMUNITY.”
Why did you decide to join diconium?
Before I started at diconium, I worked from here for a month — I loved the city! After that, I knew I wanted to live and work in Lisbon. I was even happier when I found out about diconium. They won me over first and foremost with their corporate culture, which I was able to gain insight into through personal conversations and other informative material such as a YouTube video from the Lisbon office. All this presented an internationally positioned company, where many motivated people work and radiate positive energy — and my first impression was confirmed.
What advice would you give a new starter at diconium?
I can tell you that from my own experience: new colleagues don’t need any advice. Everything they need is provided to them from day 1 of their onboarding by diconium — e.g., every new employee has a mentor who is available for questions, there is a three-day onboarding — currently remote, before Corona, on-site in Stuttgart — and activities with other new colleagues to get to know each other and exchange ideas. All what newbies need is the openness and confidence to let loose in the diconium community.