As a lover of languages, April Krukowski is an expert at understanding how others communicate. As a Deployment Lead at Maven Wave, she applies this skill in her IT career by building and fostering relationships that positively impact the way people work. Read on to learn more about this resourceful Maven and adventureous XBox gamer.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I enjoy those moments when we solve a problem or deliver something that our client is really excited about. When you know you’ve helped someone change how they work in a positive way, it’s incredibly energizing.
Describe one quality you think is important to have in your role.
Being resourceful. No two projects are alike, and curveballs definitely happen, so you have to get creative when finding solutions or answers to questions others may not have encountered before.
What activities or hobbies do you enjoy doing when you leave the office?
I’m an XBox gamer – so many games, so little time! I’m also a language geek and love learning new languages, particularly when preparing for my next international adventure.
Why do you think a Maven stands out in a crowd?
Mavens exhibit a certain agility – the ability to quickly adapt to new situations, challenges, clients, and technologies. That enables us to be more nimble because we can pivot as needed and still deliver.
We also understand that one size doesn’t fit all, and that we need to ensure that the “little differences” are accounted for.
When faced with a new project or challenge, what do you do first?
Ask questions, get as much background as I can.
How do you measure success?
For me, at work and in life in general, success is measured in the strong relationships you can build and maintain.
If you were a technology, which would you be?
Given my love of languages, I’d be the tech behind Google Translate. Being able to use my phone’s camera to translate, say, a menu in a foreign country or get real-time translation back and forth is an incredibly powerful way to bridge the communication gap.
Choose one word to describe yourself.
Hear more about April by watching her Maven Monday video below!
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