Each month we recognise a K2 consultant who has received outstanding client feedback on their recent project.
This month the K2 Consultant of the Month is Andrea Crizza, an IT project leader, Business Analyst and RPA Consultant. Read our interview with Andrea below.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, e.g. Which technologies do you specialise in? How long you have been working as a consultant? Where you are based?
I’ve been working with IT projects for 15 years, most of this time in the #1 bank in Brazil with mainframes. Three years ago, when I was living in Mexico, I had the opportunity to learn RPA technologies and saw a great opportunity to combine my business experience with new technologies and generate value for my clients.
Tell us a little about your most recent K2 project. What was being implemented, what were the technical challenges, how were they overcome etc.?
My most recent K2 project was a RPA implementation, as part of a global financial transformation project. In my opinion, the challenge was to deliver the sprints within a tight schedule, considering that the team had only recently been created and was spread across the globe. In situations like this, a good manager provides guidance and great communication between the onsite team and the members located elsewhere. This is fundamental to overcome any challenges.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
In my work, I have the opportunity to meet new people and find new ways to solve problems and new technologies every day. I’m glad I can contribute to a group of such wonderful people and achieve our goals.
Which technical development do you think will have the biggest impact on your field or the wider world of IT over the next couple of years?
I think that technology is changing so fast and it’s difficult to predict what will be the next ‘boom’. However, I see companies reinventing themselves and forging a more global presence. In this scenario, soft skills such as languages, communication, management and empathy will be even more necessary for IT professionals.
What advice would you give to someone who is starting out as a freelance IT consultant?
Even working as a freelance IT consultant requires you to be part of a team for most of your time. My advice is to keep in mind that the team’s results will ultimately be even more important that your own personal performance. Collaboration with your team and ownership of the results are very important.
Andrea Crizza, IT project leader, Business Analyst and RPA Consultant