This week's Meet the Roger CPA Review Team Q&A Series is with Melissa Boggs, Senior Project Manager. See which concerts she wants to re-live, why the hummingbird is her spirit animal, and how she plans on enjoying the summer.
What do you do at Roger CPA Review?
As the Senior Project Manager- Web Development, I liaise between the software development team and the rest of the organization to shepherd valuable new products and features to our customers. I communicate our progress, facilitate collaboration, and remove obstacles from the development team’s path. I specialize in the application of agile principles--specifically the scrum framework. I love using scrum because it encourages collaboration, visibility, and continuous improvement. Together, these things result in frequent delivery of high quality products to our customers and happier, fulfilled employees. It’s a win-win!
What’s your favorite thing about working at Roger CPA Review?
This company, and the people who represent it, embody all the values that I hold dear. We dare to be different. We are willing to take calculated risks. We support and encourage each other. We have open and courageous conversations to reach higher levels of success. We listen to our customers and engage them in their journey. There is so much satisfaction in working with people who hold the same values and are working toward the same goal.
How does your current position influence what you’re passionate about?
Since my role involves the empowerment and enablement of the software teams, this has heavily influenced my passion for organizational culture. I firmly believe that the right alignment of values and strategy can deeply affect our success. I love reading blogs and books about how different organizations approach their culture and leverage it to powerfully impact their staff and their customers. At my core, I am passionate about people.
Who has impacted you most in your life and how?
Professionally, I have been very fortunate to have excellent mentors and coaches along my journey who have taught me how impactful it is to ask powerful questions and invite others to find solutions on their own. Personally, my husband has impacted me immeasurably with his encouragement and compassionate nature. Over the years, he has helped me to see the world beyond the tiny Alaskan town I grew up in, and believe that it was possible to change it for the good- little by little.
If you could go back in time and do one thing over again, what would it be and why?
There’s nothing that I would go back and do differently, but there are a number of fantastic concerts that I would gladly go back and re-live! I am so grateful that I had the chance to see Prince live in 2005, and would happily watch him play that acoustic version of “Purple Rain” over and over again. (I cried, not gonna lie.)
What piece of career or life advice would you give to recent college graduates?
Never stop learning. Finishing school is only the beginning of your journey, and continuing it just takes an open mind and a hunger to grow. Be okay with the fact that you don’t have it all figured out yet. No one does. Just find -or continue to follow- the thoughts, ideas, and values that make you jump out of bed in the morning.
What is your spirit animal?
The Hummingbird is my spirit animal. It represents lightness of life, joy, being present, and the ability to swiftly adapt and respond quickly to situations. It is tiny but bright and fast, accomplishing great things without ever standing still. My friends and family would also tell you that I relate to the hummingbird because it has an insatiable sweet tooth, but I plead the fifth on that one.
How do you plan to enjoy the summer season?
I live in New Braunfels, TX- the home of Schlitterbahn, one of the largest water parks in North America, and a two-river town with a lot of tubing. It’s really hot here, so I hope to spend a lot of the summer in the water with my husband and two kids. I also love to read, so there’s a stack of books on my bedside table waiting for those days when it is too hot to venture out. There’s probably time for some Netflix binging here and there too.
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