Ongoing development is my driving force
When I took over as head of the team, I wanted to build something more than a testing department. I wanted us to ‘do’ quality, to make sure that the actual production process was at as high a level as it could get. Having experience as an IT administrator and a development manager meant I had hands-on knowledge of the challenges facing the team. And having ‘been there’ as a client, I knew what was needed from that side, too.
Despite the level we’ve succeeded in achieving, our ambitions go further. I think the fact that we set the benchmark high for ourselves helps the entire company to develop.
Another thing I try to do with the team is build the culture of developing in the role of a member of staff. We all walk the same path, from junior to ‘regular’ to senior. Other people help us and teach us along the way and, with time, we ought to pass on our knowledge to younger people. We have to work in the team, but we also have to learn to hand responsibility over and delegate tasks to others.
Well, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t digress!
As an adult, I discovered that I have a passion for history, so I delve into the history of our world and our continent, to help me understand why the world around me is the way it is and not different.
And recently, I’ve been turning myself into a fruit-grower and gardener. And doing it at the double! I’ve already planted twenty trees and I’m tackling grape production.