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From Nan­ny to Scrum Mas­ter: Emil­ia Lindenau’s KiwiStory

How does a nan­ny work­ing in Eng­land end up becom­ing a Scrum Mas­ter for a soft­ware and IoT com­pa­ny in Ger­many? Emil­ia ini­tial­ly moved to Dres­den for love. When look­ing for a career change, a friend’s com­ment about her skills sparked up her curios­i­ty and pos­si­bil­i­ties. He thought that, as some­one who had worked in child­care for 10 years, Emil­ia would have nerves of steel that would also enable her to skill­ful­ly sup­port a team of soft­ware devel­op­ers with orga­ni­za­tion­al and team-moti­vat­ing tasks. So, she soon gained her Scrum Mas­ter cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. At that time in 2018, Kiwigrid adver­tised for the posi­tion of Junior Scrum Mas­ter which fit­ted her qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Her suc­cess­ful appli­ca­tion opened the door to a whole new world: IoT for renew­able ener­gy and e‑mobility in a decen­tral­ized ener­gy world. Two years on, Emil­ia suc­cess­ful­ly sup­ports two teams in her role as Scrum Mas­ter with lead­er­ship responsibilities.

It’s nev­er too late to change, you just have to take the first step and you need some com­mit­ment. Time and patience are essen­tial in order to make a dif­fer­ence. I am proud to be part of the Kiwi team and the sus­tain­able ener­gy world.

Emil­ia Lindenau

Your high­lights and biggest chal­lenges at Kiwigrid so far

Every day is a high­light, because in the role of Scrum Mas­ter you learn some­thing new all the time. – in  the team, com­pa­ny or indi­vid­u­al­ly. I count amongst my suc­cess­es the great col­lab­o­ra­tion, and an ongo­ing good per­for­mance with­in my team and my per­son­al progress, includ­ing learn­ing how to use some new soft­ware tools like Con­flu­ence and Jira at the begin­ning of my pro­fes­sion­al work.

My main task is to cre­ate and main­tain a sta­ble frame­work for good, suc­cess­ful team per­for­mance and col­lab­o­ra­tion. Good team build­ing requires a lot of sen­si­tiv­i­ty, expe­ri­ence, trust and time, also includ­ing out­side work when we cook togeth­er, go for a drink, meet for game nights or go go-kart­ing. Of course, we’re only social­iz­ing remote­ly at the moment. 

A big chal­lenge for me was the lan­guage. I am orig­i­nal­ly from Slo­va­kia, so nei­ther Ger­man nor Eng­lish is my moth­er tongue. For­tu­nate­ly, I’m not alone in this at Kiwigrid and it’s the same for many of my inter­na­tion­al col­leagues. We all sup­port each oth­er and also par­tic­i­pate in vol­un­tary Ger­man and Eng­lish lan­guage cours­es at the company.

In one sen­tence: your next steps at Kiwigrid

I want to help make good teams great, keep opti­miz­ing my day-to-day tasks and con­tin­ue to grow by con­tin­u­ous­ly gain­ing new experience.

8 ques­tions for: Emil­ia

  1. Your cof­fee?
    • Caramel Brown — milk only or latte
  2. Your favorite mode of transport? 
    • I use every­thing. I pre­fer cycling, but in the morn­ings I have to take my chil­dren to two dif­fer­ent places before work so I take the car. It can be a bit crazy, but it’s a good start to the day for me! 
  3. Gre­ta Thun­berg, Super­man, James LeBron, the Cook­ie Mon­ster, Lassie (the dog from the movie) or you – who or what inspires you?
    • My team would say “Cook­ie Mon­ster” because I always have bis­cuits and snacks for every­one! I’m inspired by my col­leagues and friends.
  4. Waste sort­ing, no car, your own PV plant… – what’s your per­son­al sus­tain­abil­i­ty chal­lenge / mission?
    • We only have this one plan­et that we should pro­tect. Recy­cling was the first step for me. Now I orga­nize a children’s clothes swap, while I hope­ful­ly will soon be dri­ving an elec­tric car.
  5. Your work space?
    • Team clean desk 
  6. The best oper­at­ing system? 
    • No mat­ter! As long as it works 😉
  7. Your best work­ing hours? 
    • Tra­di­tion­al – 8am-4pm
  8. Your favorite Kiwigrid product?

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