For the love of building
Who are the people behind Accenture? What drives Marissa Jaggan and inspires her on a daily basis? How has Mark Ruiter's life, career, ambitions, and dreams developed over the years? What difficult choices has Javier Leonor made in his life? Through a series of portraits, we answer these questions and introduce you to our people: those who make Accenture the thriving company that it is.
Introducing Deviyana Misquitta, Associate Manager at Accenture
If Deviyana Misquitta had to choose between living in a funky apartment in the city or in a quiet cabin in the woods, she would, without hesitation, pick the latter. A surprising preference for somebody who was born and raised in Vasai, a bustling Mumbai suburb. Despite this inclination, she loves working for a high-paced company like Accenture. ‘I guess opposites attract. I love driving home after an intense day at work and returning to nature. In my mind, the shift signals that I’m done for the day.’
‘I moved to Holland in 2014. It was the first time I ever worked outside of India. When I first arrived, I remember being pleasantly surprised to find that people on the streets randomly smile at one another and wish each other “goedemorgen”. In Mumbai, everybody is generally wrapped up in their own thoughts – the idea of greeting a total stranger is unthinkable. After first living in Arnhem for a while, my husband, Arjun, and I moved to Nieuwkoop. Living in a big city like Amsterdam doesn’t appeal to me – I prefer living in the countryside, where I can take long walks. Nature just calls out to me sometimes.’
Who’s the best builder?
‘My older brother and I played with LEGO for days on end while we were growing up. We would construct big houses, cars and ships. I loved the process of building and took great joy in admiring the end result. There was always a fair amount of competition between my brother and me over who the best builder was. As time went on, I wanted to become a lot of things – a doctor or astronaut, for instance – but my love for building stuck with me. When computers entered my life and I developed an affinity for gaming (for racing games, in particular), I started to consider a future that featured technology, too. Added to this was the fact that I come from a family of engineers, so in the end, studying engineering was an obvious choice for me.’
‘Studying came quite easily to me, and so my grades were excellent. Recently I took the StrengthsFinder test, which confirmed that “learning” is my top strength. That makes sense – I really enjoy learning new things and exploring the unknown. It’s widely recognized that we usually excel most at the things we genuinely like doing. That definitely holds true in my experience working with Salesforce. I take pleasure in building things and solving problems. Every day, I put all my effort, talent, and passion into doing what brings me the most joy. That truly makes all the difference. If this was the sort of job that didn’t really add anything to my life, it would just be a waste of time. The fact that I enjoy the day-to-day of my job is essentially what makes me good at it.’
A developer at heart
‘As a person’s career evolves, their responsibilities naturally change too. As an Associate Manager, my role has become more managerial, and I now oversee a team of developers. But at the end of the day, I am still first and foremost a developer myself. Regardless of how much more I grow and develop professionally, I don’t ever want to let go of that part of me. I never want to lose touch with the most rewarding aspects of my job: solving problems and building customizations for the platform.’
‘The fact that I’m a naturally persistent person definitely helps me in my job. Often, when people are faced with a problem, they’ll try a few times to solve it, and if it still doesn’t work, they’ll decide to give up. Not me. I stick with the challenge and dive deep until I find a solution, no matter how long it takes. That’s just what I do.’
A fantastic team effort
‘My team is absolutely great. It comprises a selection of highly talented people that come from all over the world. Not too long ago, we were working on a project that, due to unforeseen circumstances, nearly wound up in troubled waters. Immediately, everybody stepped up to save the day. It was incredible to see how we all supported each other and steered the project back into safe waters through a consolidated team effort. The experience gave both me, as a manager and the entire team a lot of courage and confidence.’
‘When I'm not working, you'll most likely find me whipping up some dish that I just invented or pottering about in our backyard, planning our next little home project. I find it rather hard to sit still, especially when there are chores to be done. In fact, unlike many people, I thoroughly enjoy spending the day working through all sorts of tasks – be it exercising, preparing a meal, reading a book or cleaning windows. I start by making a to-do list, and then I systematically tick each item off, one by one. Obviously, the real joy lies in looking at the list with all tasks marked as “done”. The reality is, there’s just no way I could go for a walk knowing that there’s a full pile of laundry waiting for me at home. When I am on holiday, though, I can completely let go of my OCD tendencies, as I refer to them. This is especially the case when I’m with my family and friends in India – I can while away days spending quality time with them and truly enjoy the art of doing nothing.’
What I do
As an Associate Manager, I both manage a group of developers and work on the ground alongside my trusted team of Salesforce professionals. Essentially, we tailor Salesforce to perfectly fit our customers’ needs so that it adds even more value to their businesses.
A day in my life
As I’m an early riser, I like to get to work at around 7 am. An early start gives me focus time for some development work and to knock some items off my to-do list. The rest of the day entails attending a bunch of meetings, handling emails, and working through the rest of my list. The best days are those when something I’ve been working on comes together nicely.
Advice to fellow and future colleagues
Come here with an open mind and be ready to learn a lot. You’ll definitely have a great time at Accenture.
Deviyana Misquitta (1988)
Studied: BA Engineering, Information Technology, University of Mumbai (2009)
Started working at Accenture: June 2017
Relationship status: Happily married to Arjun
Gets annoyed by: Injustice and narcissists
Favorite food: Roast chicken
On my nightstand: My journal and a scented candle
Listens to: A variety of genres; from trance to metal
Last purchase: Plants – one can never have too many plants
Would like to sit next to on the plane: Michael Schumacher. I was a big fan of Formula 1 when he was racing – it hasn’t been the same since his accident; no other driver will ever measure up to him
Life-changing event: Life is in a constant state of flux
The best lesson life has taught me: You have everything you'll ever need to do what you need to do
What I learned last week: That prototyping is an efficient way to understand what’s needed and explore possibilities to get there. I put this into practice by building a mock-up for our client’s wishes for a new implementation. It helped us refine their wishes into something quantifiable and also choose the right technology stack to get it done. Needless to say, when we eventually start working on the project, we have a head start
Most beautiful place on earth: Tasmania
Hobbies/passions: Reading, writing, cooking, driving, and gardening
What nobody knows about me: I can handle tools like saws, bench drills, and welding machines. I come from a family of DIY enthusiasts :)
Life motto: If you want it, go get it
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