Our goal with this series is to promote the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day…to inspire change. We encourage you to share this story and help our effort to bring more women into the field of technology.
What do you do at Pentaho? How long have you been at Pentaho? I have been at Pentaho for two years and am the Scrum Master for Engineering. I am responsible for helping our six teams coordinate, communicate, and follow the Agile Scrum framework. To learn what Scrum is read this.
What inspired you to want you to work in technology? I’ve always been interested in technology. I like to see how technology connects people and allows them to learn from each other. Just 10 years ago it took a lot of effort to connect with someone with a similar interest. Now, you can go online in an instant and find hundreds of people with just a few clicks. The people on the Scrum teams come from all over the world and they learn from each other constantly. I also really love watching the Software Development Lifecycle. It fascinates me to think that a group of people can create something amazing out of thin air.
How do you think the industry could inspire more girls and women towards careers in technology? What advice do you have for women wanting to become a Scrum Master? I think you need to follow your passions, whatever those are. Explore and investigate what is out there and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t, for any reason, especially because you’re a girl. I hope that as women become more involved in technology industries that they move into leadership positions and mentor women just entering the field. To me, nothing can replace that connection with someone else and seeing that they are in the trenches, constantly growing and learning and then passing that on.
What is a favorite memory you have about Pentaho? I have so many awesome memories working at Pentaho. I think my favorite memory is when I won the President’s Award at the All Hands Company meeting this past January. That was such a tremendous honor. And, in typical hilarious Pentaho fashion, one of the big wigs said, “There’s no check in there, Sarah, don’t bother looking.” We are always laughing at work, and I love that about Pentaho.
Fun Fact about you. I’m a stepmom of three and mom of three so that means I am regularly wrangling six kids. It makes six Scrum teams look like a piece of cake. ;-)