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Designing technology with Claire

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Claire started at Digital McKinsey in April 2016 as a digital specialist in the Platform Architecture and Configuration team. She designs and configures technology that helps clients make better business decisions. One of the technologies she created was an Anaplan, a cloud based business planning and monitoring platform. Here she describes her typical day.

My previous finance and commercial roles in fintech and social media monitoring showed me how finance teams often spend their days performing time–consuming and invaluable activities. I wanted to push finance organizations to become more efficient and be better able to make a difference in their companies.

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As a digital specialist, I’m responsible for executing everything from the development of initial requirements through producing the final planning tool. My typical day usually starts with my alarm at 6:30 am. I stick to the Digital McKinsey “uniform” of jeans and t–shirt most days, unless the client’s dress code requires something else. I arrive at the office early so I have some quiet time to prioritize my day, check off completed to do’s and respond to emails.

In the morning, I speak to the development team in India to review the previous day’s build. I meet with clients to demo the latest development model for immediate feedback; clients appreciate how quickly we make changes and demonstrate new functionality. One of the best things about my role is seeing them get excited about an asset that will help them realize their goals.

I like to make time for lunch away from my desk so my team members and I usually pick up a sandwich or salad and head back to the client’s canteen. After lunch I spend time translating the business’s requirements into mockups that will be built into the tool. This is my favorite part of the day as it allows me to balance the look and feel of the tool with strategic insights.

Work finishes around 7 pm. In the evening I enjoy cooking dinner with my partner John. If it’s not raining, I putter around in the garden tending the flowers, fruits and vegetables; dinner lately has consisted mainly of new potatoes. After John and I eat, we watch something on Netflix or read. This month I finished three great novels; The Power, The Girls and The Muse.

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