Team Interview Sebastian (Project Management)

Series: Our wunschlösers

Who are we and what happens here? There is already some information on our team page. But that only answers who works for us, not what our team does. That's why we want to give you some more detailed insights. To do so, we talked to a few of our colleagues. Today we introduce you to Sebastian.

Sebastian, Projekt-Manager

Hi Sebastian, good to see you!

How long have you been with wunschlösung and what exactly do you do?

I have been with wunschlösung since September 2022 and I am here as a project manager. My tasks are mainly in the organisational part, i.e. mediating between developers and customers in our projects. In concrete terms, this means understanding customer requirements and putting them into shape so that our developers can work on their task packages.

How does your work fit into wunschlösung?

I am responsible for coordination and approvals and organise the development process. What has to be done? In what order does it make sense? We have different projects and clients in parallel. I organise a balance in the different implementation plans and times, so I stand in front of and behind the developers in the process, so to speak. Which developers can work on which topics, what capacities do they have? How do I distribute tasks in the team so that the customers get their requirements met in the best possible way? I am also responsible for testing finished products and then sharing them with our customers in an acceptance system. When they are satisfied, I take care of the live implementation.

That's my typical day-to-day work. But I'm also involved in the project initiation phase. I create scopings and deal with how projects are best set up. In addition, I record the clients' requirements, make project estimates, communicate with our team and our partners and take care of budgets.

What actually brought you to us?

At my previous employer, I realised that I wanted to develop and try something new. Before I started there, I worked in project management in e-commerce. I wanted to go back to that, because I like that subject. Up to this point, however, I was always with standard software providers - implementation, integration, migration. This area works, but I have realised for myself that the future of development lies more in customised development. If you pay for standard, you only get standard, but in a rapidly developing market world you need ways to differentiate yourself from the competition. Only those who bring in their own ideas can offer their customers new experiences. This is not impossible with standard software, but it is much more difficult. Own developments are much faster and more flexible. But I had no experience in this area. So I decided it was time to gather some. That's how I came to the wunschlösung. In Jena, the place where I live and which I don't want to leave, she is the company with the absolute best references in this field.

As soon as I had contact with Doreen, I noticed that it was an incredibly cool team. The initiation phase was long and intense. I thought that was cool, because the wunschlöserInnen really made an effort to get to know me as a person and to understand who I am and whether I fit into the team - both professionally and in terms of attitude. That was not the case anywhere else. After that, I met our founders. They were cool too. It all led to the fact that when I had to choose between the wunschlösung and another company, I ended up here.

Do you remember your first days here? What was it like?

The first few days … there was a lot of organisational stuff that had to be sorted out. Hardware set-up and access, so that you could get in everywhere you needed to go. There were also intros with information about how everything works. It was like what I am used to from other companies. There was enough time to familiarise yourself with things. Some systems required a bit of trial-and-error, like our communication tools, but that's normal. Basically, the process was the same as I'm used to at other companies and I got on well.

I liked the fact that our office group in Jena is relatively often on site. You can always ask people if something is wrong. It's nice professionally and personally to be able to exchange ideas like that. Our founders are very experienced and know a lot about things, so we had a lot of points of contact and discussion material right from the start.

What does a typical day in your life look like?

Compared to some others here, I get up relatively early (laughs). The alarm clock rings shortly before six because I have a child, soon to be two, of school age. So we are bound to the school hours. Then I make breakfast and get everyone out of bed, which is relatively easy for me. Afterwards, I either go to the office or work from home. If there's still time in the morning, I also like to do sports or go running outside, depending on how I manage it. I have already described my working day. I like to start earlier and not work so late in the evening, because I want to spend the afternoon with my children. We do homework, prepare tests or just play together. Later, the children go to bed and I finish the evening together with my wife.

What do you want for the future?

My wish for the future is that we continue to grow as a team. Professionally, I am looking forward to cool, exciting projects and new things. We should try out a lot! Hackathons would be great so that we can test new things and continue to learn - even without a project. I would like to grow together with the team even more. I think it would be cool if we could all work in the same office permanently, even though I know that's not easy. But I would like us all to get to know each other better and to be able to rely on each other as people.

And finally, why wunschlösung and not another company?

For the same reasons as mentioned before. I find individual solutions exciting and believe they have immense potential. If you want to stay competitive, you have to build individually in the long term. But why specifically the wunschlösung? Because the team is simply cool. Small, but fine, hand-picked. Our team is easy to manage, you know everyone personally. The wunschlösers are ambitious and motivated. In addition, everyone here fits really well into the team. I don't know that about larger teams. It was the reason for my decision back then, and it is still the case today.

Thank you, Sebastian!

Would you like to know more?
Find out here how the foundation of wunschlösung came about or visit our team page. You can also get to know other wunschlösers in our blog.

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