How I Explained My Job to My Mother

Me when I was a kid
Me when I was a kid
That is actually me

What do I really do for a living, Mom

One of the easiest way to explain my work to somebody who has no clue about how you build a software is to draw a parallel between the world of software development and the world of construction. And on a global scale, if you need to explain a technical subject to somebody who is not from this world, try to compare it to a physical thing.

Why do companies need me?

If you are working in a finance company, you could say that I work in the middle-office. That is actually a term that is starting to trend in the IT business. Basically, I am not a developer, I do not produce the actual solution and I am not the business, I do not imagine the added value of the solution nor I pay for it. I am in the middle.

A computer on table and a person explaining something
A computer on table and a person explaining something
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Why you should speak to “muggles” more often?

After all, in my professional life, I encounter profile like my mother’s on a regular basis. People who needs solutions to their digital problems but do not know how it works at all. And they are often put in front of a tech team without real training. Which is a situation where humans tend to go on the defensive. And you can be quite certain that your project will end up being a failure.

Freelance IT Project Manager | Writer for The Startup and DataDrivenInvestor | 📍Paris

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