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A day in the life of… Rhona Aylward, COO

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16 March 2016

With the Psoda team growing so fast, I decided to start a series of blog articles where we offer a glimpse of what it’s like to work here. As it’s my idea, I thought I’d break the ice and go first…

What’s your job?

My official title is COO but my unofficial one is Deputy Everything Officer. That came about when I first joined Psoda. I did everything that Bruce (the Chief Everything Officer) didn’t want to do.

Describe a typical day

Well, there’s no such thing as a typical day here, but here goes…
My first job is to check my emails to make sure there’s nothing urgent that I need to deal with.
We normally have a stand-up meeting with the whole team first thing in the morning. Each person talks about what they’re up to for the day and raises any issues or concerns, as well as flagging up any important events that might be happening in the next few days. This meeting is deliberately short and typically only lasts 15 minutes.
It’s then on to reviewing our social media channels. I respond to any comments that come through or that look interesting. I’ll then have a couple of Skype calls with some of our contractors and suppliers.
If I’m lucky, I’ll get a coffee (or 3) from one of the team or I’ll be up making it on the in-house coffee machine for everyone.
Depending on the day, I’ll be writing a blog for the following week as well as creating content for our help centre, video scripts and website. I’ll also be doing general business administration and attending various meetings.

What’s your favourite bit of your job?

I really like the variety and the fact that no two days are the same. As I’m one of the founders as well as COO, I love being involved in making the business grow and succeed.
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Written by Rhona Aylward
Rhona is Deputy Everything Officer at Psoda, where she does everything except code. After starting life as a microbiologist she moved into PMO leadership roles around the world before settling in New Zealand with her family.

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