Work Notes #17

This week felt like a month, but at the same time, the days went by very fast. A lot happened. And there was progress and success.

First, I finally finished the recruitment process for an open position in my team. I interviewed five people; four of them were promising. However, one candidate stood out with his mindset and experience in the field of community journalism. At first, I hesitated because I know the person, but now I’m confident that it was the right choice.

Another success was the kick-off for a couple of new features for our commenting functionality. I discussed the features again with our developers. I already like the collaboration with the devs, because they have a different mindset, another way to think about certain things. I love to have my ideas challenged. The two different worlds – journalism and IT development – can profit from each other and build a better product.

Speaking of collaboration: I also was part of a stakeholder interview with our UX designer, which I enjoyed very much. I’m happy that I will be working with her on the commenting features as well as another UX project.

Since my team is growing, I had to think about how we will be working together when the new colleague starts in June. It will definitely help to get more time to contribute to product development. On the one hand, I’m looking forward to these challenges. On the other, I still have to manage the community team, and I feel responsible for their well-being and performance. So, in the next couple of weeks, I will have to figure out how to balance those two tasks.

This week, I learned (again)…

  • that I shouldn’t judge people on private impressions because you cannot always conclude their behavior in a professional context.
  • that working together with people of different (work-)cultural backgrounds enrich the process of creating a great idea.
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