A day in the life of a Project Manager

Life at Springworks: A day in the life of a Project Manager

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Nandita Parthasarathy joined Springworks in October, 2020 as a Project Manager. She comes with 9 years of experience working with various service-based companies.

She started off as a Quality Analyst in her career and soon after a few years, got elevated to a project manager role. 

She didn’t intend to look out for a job change actively, but after having experienced a smooth interview process at Springworks, she was taken aback and decided to join Springworks.

Nandita is a big-time foodie who likes to take a stroll to the streets of Bangalore and try all the good food around with her friends, cousins and nephews. Though pandemic drove her into staying indoors for a few months, she started stepping out again for her ‘good food’ hunt mission in September, 2020. 😜

Here’s a discussion with her.

What is your job as a Project Manager?

I am responsible for planning, organizing and directing the completion of specific projects at Springworks such as SpringRecruit,Trivia, EngageWith, SpringVerify India/USA while ensuring these projects are delivered on time and within scope.

My job is basically all about communication, whether through emails, calls, daily check-ins, or team meetings. I need to communicate with the members of my team regularly to determine the status of various projects and potential roadblocks that will need to be resolved with the help of various softwares in place such as Jira and Troopr.

What’s your communication style?

Most of my day goes into calls, daily standups, removing impediments, sprint planning, retrospective meetings and making sure that the products and designs are ready before product development.

My calendar is booked for the whole day, mostly. I also need to keep up with the testing team to understand where they are in terms of bug-fixing if any.

Thus, I try to keep the conversation straightforward, respectful with no fear or guessing involved. Not only does it include politely expressing opinions, but also asking for feedback and listening to other people’s differing ideas, strengthening the conversation and information flow.

What is your favourite part about your job?

I like that my job keeps me busy throughout the day and makes me feel that I’m always contributing. Learning is my favorite part. In my previous organizations, nothing was automated just like it is here such as integration of Troopr, Jira with Slack makes it for us to report.

What are the challenges in your job and how do you go about solving them?

The most challenging part is to manage too many things at the same time. Managing projects is no less than running a small city. You have to take care of the projects, resources, deadlines, ensure proper communication, foresee potential risks and what not.

Taking care of so many things can be nerve-wracking and it’s not surprising if something slips out of your mind. 

To avoid any kind of miscommunication, we bring all of our team conversations about a specific task on a single call to discuss the progress.

Walk me through a day in the life of Nandita!

  • Wake up at 9 am
  • Go through slack and emails
  • Have breakfast
  • Start work
  • Calls with the team at 11 am
  • Team standup preparation
  • Have lunch
  • Talk to the development, design & QA team to make sure things are going fine.
  • Standups
  • Take a break 
  • Catch up with the Scrum master
  • Attend team meetings
  • Have dinner
  • Work until late at night
  • Read the news or watch videos
  • Spend time with family
  • Head to sleep

What are your hobbies outside of work?

I love exploring food from different places and capturing pictures of it. 😍😍

What is the Springworks team like?

Everyone was warm and welcoming when I joined here, unlike previous organizations I’ve worked at. And it was very nice to see that.

Never have I ever experienced such a great work environment where co-workers are there for each other to always help and support.

Everyone at Springworks owns their work.

What advice would you give someone who is seeking the same line of work?

You’ll find ample online courses on Project management. They are undoubtedly very helpful. I suggest to not restrict yourself to courses but start implementing the things that you learn from a course, article or book.

From a project manager’s perspective, not everything works for every team and project. It is our responsibility to create processes for each project, follow through with them and tweak them accordingly. It needs constant improvement in terms of development, design, and quality. We need to figure out effective ways to make it work, by either introducing automation tools or applying effective ways of communication.

Want to join the team? Check out open roles at Springworks.

Priya Bhatt

I cover Employee stories at Springworks.

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