We conducted a small interview to know more about Ramakshi's journey, but before that, let's see how she did on the BCAPS parameters according to his team-members.
Ramakshi is working on the Cipla Project independently. As BA, we are looking forward to tracking User Stories on Youtrack. Without been pushed or instructed, she took the initiative to understand how to map user stories on Youtrack and started practicing in her project. This shows she is curious to understand new things, how it would help Neebal as Organization, and take responsibility to implement it in her project. Amongst all the projects on the floor, Cipla & Subsidex are the only projects where User Stories are tracked through Youtrack.
She has been coordinating and interacting with Cipla Customer for quite some time. Since, it's a TnM project, scope & deliveries are dynamic in nature. Due to this managing the requirement & delivery wasn't process-driven. She ensured there is no compromise on requirement scope, deliveries & quality due to the dynamic nature. Also, she started a conversation with the client to streamline the process of requirements & deliveries. Now the customer is aligned with the processes of Sprint Planning, Backlog Scrubbing, etc.
She takes complete accountability of tasks assigned to her. She would not ask just questions, but she will find her ways and options, post complete analysis she will get back to you with her suggestions and questions, which helps in reducing the multiple rounds of discussion and faster decision making. She was aligned for taking sessions for newly joined BAs (BA Induction). She has taken complete accountability of the process that needs to be followed by Induction. She has created a formal induction PPT for her session. She ensures induction is done in 1-2 days. (No other BAs are focused on Induction)
She was aligned for taking BA Interviews. As this was her first time, she had spent good efforts to understand what kind of questions and case studies to ask during the interview. After all these efforts also, the first interview that she took, she was confused about whether to hire or reject. So, we had a joint interview round with the candidate, then she understood what questions needed to be asked and how to evaluate the candidate. Now she can independently take the interview and evaluate the candidate well.
She took the initiative to nominate at least 1 team member for BCAPS every month to recognize their efforts and keep them motivated. She also prepares document or ppt for any new activities assigned to her (kind of SOP), so that others can refer to the same Example - BA induction PPT, BA Interview Case Studies
This is what Ramakshi said in her interview
What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment?
Being able to switch career roles and performing a fair bit at both.
What motivates you? OR What motivates you to go above and beyond at work?
My emotions drive me to do my job with my best ability. I believe that you work not to impress anybody else but yourself. I should be happy with my work - which in my case is completing work with utmost sincerity and efforts.
Who inspires you? Who are your role models or mentors?
Many at Neebal inspire me. But at this point - Every mother/wife/sister out there who is juggling between managing home, family and work is a role model for me, Ravi Balgi Sir and Dhvani are like mentors who guide me from time to time.
What are the activities/value systems that made you achieve this great milestone?
Focus and discipline have helped me. They are extremely important in life. With the right focus and a disciplined self you can achieve anything and everything! (I 'm' Possible).
How do you deal with stress in life and at work?
I believe in "Energy" and that we need to fuel ourselves with some positive energy from time to time.
A good workout(In my case, lifting heavy weights) followed by a healthy meal is my way of dealing with stress in life and at work. I prefer reading self-help books to keep myself motivated about the good around and in life.
What is the biggest challenge facing engineers today?
I think it would be dealing with stress and pressure at work.
What advice would you give someone that is just starting out?
To keep calm and spare sometime for self. Being motivated to deliver your best at work is important but health is equally important.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Stuffing myself with sweets and shopping at great discounts! Haha xD
What is one characteristic that you believe every engineer should possess?
An easy to go attitude. People should like working with you, there's already a lot of stress for all!
What has your experience at Neebal been like so far?
I've had a great year at Neebal - Filled with learning and growing.
What are the 3 most played songs in your playlist?
Titliaan, Dance Monkey(Wolf Winters), O Sanam
What’s the best book you’ve read this year?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. (I know, don't be surprised, I read it in 2020!)
Your all time favourite series/movie?
What are your current goals?
At work - Certification
In Life - Spare more time for family
Health - Tone and gain
How do you relate your responsibilities to Neebal’s goals?
For me, a company's growth depends on the cumulative growth of its employees. My daily contribution at Neebal is not just going to help me learn and grow but also help Neebal achieve greater heights! The values that Neebal focuses on when applied in practice would help each of us to meet our goals(They've been helping me doing my best).
What is your relationship with your team and how do they affect your work? OR How important is being a part of a team?
I love being part of Team Cipla. I think I share a bond with each and everyone in the team.
Being part of a fun and understanding team makes a huge difference to your work.
They help lighten up the mood in difficult times!
What do you like most about working at Neebal?
The freedom to use your creativity.
What's your proudest professional accomplishment?
Having hosted 2 Townhalls back to back for the Head of Barclays UK who'd come down to India.