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Women in Tech - Jeanne Roode

May 4, 2021

Jeanne Roode,

Scrum Master


Can you share a little bit about what it is that you do and what a typical day for you is like?

As the Scrum Master, I am a servant leader, and I coach my team to become as efficient as possible and help to negate and protect them from any external interference that might impact their progress. Apart from ensuring that your team is growing and applying scrum best practices, you have to adapt and become whatever your team needs for that day. In my opinion, it’s great because no two days are ever the same!


Did you always know that working in technology was what you wanted to do? How did you decide?

I initially thought that pure business and marketing were the fields where I would excel. I went on to work in an advertising agency as a project manager and quickly realised this was something I enjoyed and soon pursued more opportunities with tech-related companies. I only came to learn about being a Scrum Master when I joined a start-up company. It was such a compelling job that pivoted my career trajectory and aimed to become one as well. I haven’t looked back since.


What do you think is the best part of being a woman in the tech industry?

For me, the comradery and encouragement you experience when working with your female colleagues is the best thing about being a woman in tech. Likewise, being able to encourage other women to grow and achieve in their careers. The tech industry is often the leading industry for change and new ways of doing things. It is motivating to know that I am working in an industry that is pushing hard for gender equality and I get to be a part of that.


What do you think we should be doing more of to encourage more girls to consider a career in tech?

I believe it starts from the root up. Schools should promote tech careers as viable options for girls by making them aware of their opportunities from a young age. Once they're able to pursue their career in tech more confidently, they then can become role models to other young women.


What advice would you give to a woman considering a career in the tech industry? What do you wish you had known?

I wish I had the guts to go for it sooner. My advice to anyone would be to just go for it, get your foot in the door and run with it. You don’t need to have an engineering degree or even know a coding language to do well in this industry. You would be surprised at how many different areas you can be involved in when working in tech.


Top skills that anyone, who wants to work in Tech need?

It sounds cliché, but people skills are a must. No matter where you want to go, learn to work with people. The chances of success will be higher. Another important skill to have is the right mindset and the ability to learn and adapt. Within the tech environment, things change rapidly. You can't come into this career with a motionless frame of mind. I have seen people enter the tech world with limited knowledge and skills, yet they soar because they have a good attitude and a willingness to do the best that they can. In the end, it is all about what you are willing to put in to succeed.

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