Typical 24: Joe Pynadath, Chef Software
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Typical 24: Joe Pynadath, Chef Software

IDG Connect is looking to speak to IT, business and marketing professionals across the spectrum to discover more about their very different, typical working days…

 

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Name: Joe Pynadath

Job title: GM / VP for EMEA

Company: Chef Software

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Years’ experience: Over 20 years’

 

  1. What time do you reach the office each day?
    I tend to start my day by 7:30am, spending the first 30-60 minutes catching up on overnight business and preparing for the day ahead.
  2. Is your job varied?
    Absolutely! In my role I am fortunate to wear many hats.  On any given day, the topics can range from customers/sales/partner engagements, to long term strategic planning, to team building, to marketing/PR, to tactical problem resolution, and others!  There is never a boring day and no two days are alike.  In addition, the DevOps industry is a rapidly evolving market that requires us to move at a similar rate of innovation across all of these different areas.
  3. Is your job creative?
    Very. I’m fortunate to work with a talented and creative team and at a company that is known for its empowering culture. My team and I are constantly working to further innovate across our entire EMEA business.
  4. What do you spend the majority of your time doing?
    I would say the majority of my time is spent in two areas.  The first is working together with my team to ensure that our customers are on a successful DevOps journey, with Chef that will enable them to ship their ideas faster.  The second is, working with my team on how we can continually improve as a business, as a value add partner to all of our customers, and as a place to work.
  5. Do you personalise your desk?
    I am not really tied down to one desk as my schedule can be unpredictable. For example, I could be in our London office for a few days, then Amsterdam or Germany.  
  6. Would you describe yourself as creative?
    Chef’s culture is dedicated to creativity and innovative ways of thinking. While I fit into that culture well, I believe the real creative impact comes from working alongside a very talented team where we always have a steady stream of innovative ideas to choose from.
  7. Do you have any quirky daily rituals?
    Probably not ‘quirky’ per se, but my typical morning ritual is to wake up one hour before my kids and to let the dog out. I then have a peaceful period to deal with any company items that occurred overnight as well as to plan and prepare for the day ahead.
  8. Do you tend to work on your own or with colleagues?
    No day is the same for me at Chef. Travel days are quite long as you tend to squeeze in as much as you can per trip.  Office days are more normal, although I do have to manage cross time zone meetings.  But this variety is one of the things I enjoy most. 
  9. How many hours on average do you work a day?
    No day is the same for me at Chef. Travel days are quite long as you tend to squeeze in as much as you can per trip.  Office days are more normal, although I do have to manage cross time zone meetings.  But this variety is one of the things I enjoy most. 
  10. Roughly how much time do you spend each day on email? Taking calls? In meetings?
    I try to stay off email as much as possible. At Chef, we use Slack to cut down on emails. In addition, I prefer face-to-face or video conference meetings whenever possible, as I feel you always get much more out of them.
  11. Do you use social media much for work?
    As more of an observer than an avid poster, I use social media to keep up to date with current affairs and what’s going on within the technology sector. I find LinkedIn an invaluable tool for networking and connecting with our customers and partners.
  12. What do you enjoy most about your work?
    Two things. One, I love the people that I work with. And two, I really enjoy our company culture which is all about empowering each person. Both make every day a fun and interesting challenge.
  13. What type of music (if any) do you listen to at work?
    Since most of my time is spent on calls or in meetings, I don’t typically get to listen to music while working.  However, I do love music so when I am able to listen I tend to listen to bands like The Who, U2, Beatles and Imagine Dragons.  I have even gotten my children to like some of my favourite Classic Rock bands!
  14. What do you do for lunch?
    Could be anything.  When travelling then it’s usually lunch with customers or colleagues and I love the variety of food I get to sample due to being in different places most weeks 
  15. Do you socialise with work colleagues?
    YES! Chef has an extremely sociable culture and we remain a close-knit team, even as we continue to grow around the world.  This is another favourite part of the job!
  16. Are there any tasks (through your career) you’ve been especially glad to get rid of?
    It’s not so much being glad of tasks that I’ve been able to get rid of. It’s more being glad because of how much easier these tasks have become due to automation, compared to the beginning of my career in the 90’s. Even for things that we take for granted now, such as CRM -  I can still recall having to do all of that through spreadsheets! 
  17. What is your last task of your day?
    As I work closely with our colleagues across the globe, especially in North American time zones, I always do one last review of slack and email to see if there is anything I need to respond to before I’m offline sleeping.
  18. How do you like to relax after work?
    I love to exercise, especially running so I tend to make it part of my end of work routine when possible. It’s a great way to unwind from the day but also to think through any top of mind issues that you are dealing with.  I also enjoy spending time with my family and watching my two sons playing sports, especially Football and Basketball. My oldest plays for Ajax’s Academy and it is quite entertaining to watch football at that level. 
  19. Do you keep checking email through the evening?
    I do mainly because I do work closely with other time zones. But there are parts of the evening that I will block off to make sure that we can spend time together as a family.    
  20. Do you take work projects home with you?
    First, do something that you enjoy. Second, think of your career more as a marathon rather than a sprint. And third, enjoy the journey as you will grow from both the ups and the downs. 
  21. What would you say to your 20-year old self?
    First, do something that you enjoy. Second, think of your career more as a marathon rather than a sprint. And third, enjoy the journey as you will grow from both the ups and the downs. 
  22. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you choose?
    Easy! Olympic Track Athlete for the 800m. There's still plenty of time to get ready for 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, right?
  23. What device did you use to answer these questions?
    MacBook Air
  24. Do you use your own personal device for work?
    It’s important to keep work life and personal life private, and so I separate the two, including my personal device and work phone.

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