This week I am checking in with our Senior Director of
Development and Operations, Tara Figley, who has been with the company since
2013. Tara plays a vital role in leading the development teams and delivering new
features and functionality every month.
What does a typical
day look like?
“There is no such thing as a typical day. Every day poses
new challenges and new problems to solve. Sometimes the challenges are
technical, sometimes they are staff related, sometimes they are related to processes
or procedures, sometimes they are in response to a customer opportunity, and
sometimes they center around how we grow and pave the path forward. Each day is
interesting and an adventure.”
What do you like most
about your job?
“From a personal perspective, I like that it is always
changing and that it affords me the opportunity to learn and grow every single
day. I also enjoy working with the great team of folks we have here and seeing
others grow and succeed and the feeling of accomplishment when we step back and
look at all we’ve been able to deliver as a team. “
What new features is
your team working on that you are excited about?
“This one is a tough one as each of the development teams is working to deliver
new features and functionality across products and across lines of business and
there is exciting work happening across the board. Any time I see work that
we’ve done in development get into the hands of customers is exciting to me.”
How do customers influence
the development work that you do?
“Our Product Owners play a critical role here as does the Customer Delivery
team. These folks are the eyes and ears for development a lot of the time
and we count on them to gather and convey customer requirements to our
Is there anything
that you and your team do that you want the company to know about?
“Delivering software consistently on schedule month over month doesn’t happen
by accident. Each and every developer has to remain focused, have a keen
attention to detail, and have a true dedication to their craft. I would like
the company to know the level of diligence, coordination, and effort our
developers put in to keep that new functionality coming.”
How do you recharge
“I spend time with my family - and in the rare event I get some time alone, I
do enjoy a good book.”
What is your favorite
“I don’t know that I’ve tried any flavors other than the normal, original
chocolate ones — I need to get out more!”