"soft skills" entries
Velocity 2013 Speaker Series
While automation is clearly making everyone’s lives who work in Operations much better, startup founder Kate Matsudaira (@katemats) acknowledges that “No one ever does their work in a vaccum.” You can try as much as possible to Automate All The Things, but you can’t automate trust. And trust is key to a healthy, thriving operations team (and your own professional growth, too).
In this interview, Kate discusses some of the things she’ll be talking about at Velocity next month. Key highlights include:
- The word “people” is pretty broad. What aspects of working with people should operations teams care about? [Discussed at 1:32]
- Ultimately, you depend on the people around you to help get work done, especially when you need to get funding, be it externally for a startup, or internally for an infrastructure or refactoring project. The more people trust you, the more likely that is to happen. [Discussed at 3:17]
- Cultural change takes leadership, but that leadership doesn’t have to come from the top. [Discussed at 5:00]
- You can be ridiculously technically competent, but if you can’t communicate well, it hinders your success in the long run. [Discussed at 5:40]
You can view the entire interview here:
This is one of a series of posts related to the upcoming Velocity Conference in Santa Clara, CA (June 18-20). We’ll be highlighting speakers in a variety of ways, from video and email interviews to posts by the speakers themselves.