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

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Dilipraj Yuvaraj joined Springworks in August 2019 as a Project Manager. Prior to joining Springworks, he has worked with multiple organizations as project and program manager. With strong knowledge of agile methodologies, he has helped organizations to design, plan, manage and deliver projects within the timeline.

He started his career journey working as an Intern in the areas of Graphic, UI and UX designing. He then slowly started to pick up projects and manage them from end to end.

Let’s take a deep dive into the life of a Project Manager at Springworks!

Tell me a little about your job role and what you do on a day-to-day basis.

At Springworks, I play the lead role in planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and closing projects for our multiple clients. I am expected to deliver a project on time, within the budget, and brief while keeping everyone in the know.

I create a clear and concise plan to both execute the project and monitor its progress. Projects are naturally unpredictable, so I am always open to make adjustments along the way as needed before the project reaches its final stages.

I am also responsible to keep a project within its set budget. Even if a project meets a client’s expectations and is delivered on time, it will still be a failure if it goes wildly over-budget.

What keeps you motivated to work each day?

Curiosity is what makes me motivated. I learn more efficiently when I am motivated simply because our brains better retain what we’re interested in. But the underlying reasons for our interest in certain things is the curiosity and desire that accompany our intentions and actions—these, not the rewards themselves, are what fuel motivation.

What do you like best about your job?

Everyday challenges. Every job has certain tasks that involve a bit more thought and time investment, which employees tend to shy away from during their day-to-day work life. In order to challenge myself, I take these tasks head on; embrace the challenge and learn something new from it.

Are there any challenges in your job? If so, how do you handle them?

Every job has challenges and not a smooth ride. Invoicing is foundational for any company. The process also requires accuracy and timeliness. Sometimes, it is challenging to maintain an errorless invoicing process.

To overcome this challenge, we’ve introduced a process-oriented solution.  We’ve designed, transformed and streamlined our processes and operations.

Using streamlined project management processes and software help us automate workflows, and dashboards that show which vendors have been paid, what invoices are set for payment and which still need to be approved.

Walk us through a day in the life of Dilipraj!

  • Start work at 2 o’clock(late shift)
  • Check Slack and email 
  • Client calls
  • Team standups
  • Project calls
  • Review calls from 5 to 6 pm
  • Collaborate with my team
  • Board sessions
  • Have dinner
  • Client calls from 9 pm to 12 am

What advice would you give to others working in the same industry?

If you feel like you’ve exhausted your own role and the responsibilities within it, try to take on new projects and opportunities that are not normally expected of you. Specifically consider projects that push you out of your comfort zone, challenge your strengths and address your weaknesses.

Tell me a little bit about your life outside of work…

My love for trekking and travelling has always been and I am sure it always will be immense.

Trekking is not just a physical activity or a sport, it’s an opportunity to get away from the daily routine to explore new horizons and face the actual realities of life.

Before Covid, I used to go for a trek every three months. I miss those days now. However, I am still hopeful about going on trek with the same intensity and enthusiasm like I did before.

Here are some pictures from the treks I went for-

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

Priya Bhatt

I cover Employee stories at Springworks.

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