Throughout 2015 we will be introducing you to team members around the world through our Meet Zaloni interviews. Every month we will introduce you to a different member of the Zaloni team, giving you an opportunity to learn more about the people of Zaloni, their focus, and their outlook for 2015.
Today we introduce you to Garima Dosi, Module Lead on the Big Data Services Team.
Garima was born and raised in Guwahati, India. Not one to sit on the sidelines, Garima enjoys getting involved in adventurous activities, traveling and exploring new places. She also enjoys meditating and being quiet and simple. She likes to make abstract sketches and designs, reading books, and playing badminton.
Currently a Module Lead on the Big Data Services Team, Garima began her career at TCS as an Associate Systems Engineer. She received her Master of Computer Applications from Banasthali University in Jaipur, India.
Q. When did you join Zaloni?
I joined Zaloni in April 2011 as a Software Engineer, and have since worked my way to Module Lead on the Big Data Services Team.
Q. What were you doing before you joined the company?
Prior to joining Zaloni, I worked for Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). I was recruited straight out of college into an Associate Systems Engineer position at Tata.
Q. What is your role?
I am currently working as a Module Lead on the Big Data Services Team. My role involves leading a team to develop quality projects/solutions efficiently and deliver it within assigned time. It involves:
- Solution design and review with customers
- Low level design and review with customers
- Reviewing QA plans, test cases and documents
- Develop and review code
- Sub-task planning and estimation
- Identifying development related risks and issues
- Guiding and mentoring team members
Q. I've been told you are a "rock star" -- can you tell me what a day in your life looks like?
My day at Zaloni is also a rocking one - attending meetings with customers and the US team, brainstorming to find out solutions or project estimates, learning new things/technologies everyday, and implementing challenging tasks. The best part of the day is interacting with my team to exchange new ideas and solve problems collectively. I also get opportunities to visit new places for trainings & campus recruitments. To give a one-liner, it’s "playful work" - because I enjoy whatever I do. Events and celebrations on special occasions further contribute to this liveliness.
Q. You are very confident, open and honest with your team, superiors and customers. This is a very valuable and rare quality. Have you always been this way?
I have not always been this way. But when assigned responsibility for a task, I learned that to deliver the best you must not hesitate to speak up early and often. If you don’t, it can create confusion or problems later, and “later” may not be a point when you would be able to prove yourself correct. Even if we mis-speak in an early phase, it never does any harm - rather, we learn from it. And sometimes, just speaking up may open the gate for new ideas or may be a whitewash of your own confusion/wrong concepts/beliefs.
Q. You have an advantage many don't - you have regular interaction and presence with customers. What have you learned from customers that have made you better in your role?
Speak up, speak your mind in a polite and presentable way - any doubts, questions, solutions, ideas, contradictions - put the truth straightforward in a courteous manner. This is something which I have learned from customers and from leadership. Another important thing is to listen with a presence of mind, think, and then speak with facts.
We are technical experts for clients. So, we have to become one for ourselves first (pro-actively) to handle the queries they ask. In turn, they are also domain experts for us, so we need to ask them as many questions related to the project as we can so we can understand their needs and expectations. This way we build a satisfactory relationship with each other.
Last, but not least, a quality which I have not learned but gained is self-confidence.
Q. If you were to give a piece of advice to someone new to the Services team, what would you tell them?
Be curious with technologies, confident/independent with your own ideas , enthusiastic and energetic about life/work. One needs to continually keep himself/herself updated with technical developments along with introspection and improvement of the self in terms of other skills. And the very basic one of course - computer fundamentals should be clear and strong.
Q. While the people in Guwahati know what it is like, many of us have not been there. Can you tell us what you love most about Guwahati and the surrounding area?
What I like best is the greenery and scenic beauty with mountains, and the Brahmaputra river flowing through the heart of the city. The surrounding areas are equally beautiful with a couple of wildlife & bird sanctuaries. If you love wildlife - Kaziranga in Assam is famous for one-horned rhinoceros (they are really beautiful to look at). There are beautiful river islands which are home to rich cultural heritage along with their green pastures.
There are lakes, waterfalls, and caves in some of the other surrounding areas.
Q. What are you most looking forward to doing at Zaloni in 2015?
Deliver innovative endeavors — deliver solutions to clients which might involve brainstorming and development of new ideas and implementing them in a structured, efficient and reusable manner.