How well do you know the awesome people behind FormAssembly? This series is the place to learn all about our incredible team members. This week we’re profiling Brittany Arnett, Product Manager.
Name: Brittany Arnett
Title: Product Manager
With FormAssembly Since: July 2016
1. What interested you about FormAssembly in the first place?
I liked the idea of a remote-first work culture. Work/life balance is important to me and if you are good at what you do you shouldn’t have to be limited to where you need to be to get things done.
Living to work is the wrong way to go through life, in my opinion. I saw FormAssembly as a way help a few people who were potentially trapped in that situation by assisting in the creation of a product that could streamline some of their processes and make their day-to-day a little easier. It was a win-win to me.
2. What’s your favorite thing about your job?
Being a product manager means I get a high-level view of the system. I get to see how everything is connected. I have the opportunity to interface across teams and listen to and address concerns. Each change that we make can ultimately affect the entire FormAssembly ecosystem, so it’s a challenge to keep everything in mind while prioritizing what to do next.
My favorite thing about FormAssembly is that we are constantly receiving and analyzing customer feedback to try and determine what will add the most value to our users, instead of just guessing and making that decision for them.
3. What excites you most about your position and growth opportunity at FormAssembly?
I love the cross section of responsibilities that being a product manager provides. Some days I am working on designs, other days, I am gathering requirements. Occasionally, I am writing documentation and sometimes I am interviewing potential new team members. The excitement comes from every day presenting a new challenge.
4. What has been your proudest moment at FormAssembly?
As part of the hiring process for the FormAssembly product team, we give assignments to candidates to assess their skills. I was tasked with proposing the addition of the Autosuggest feature. My proposal ultimately got me the job and from the first day I was working towards seeing it to fruition. A couple months later the feature when live on the application. It was very rewarding to see something I conceptualized get launched.
5. What unique qualities do you bring to the FormAssembly team?
Being that I am in a blended role, generally I am never 100% dedicated to just any one thing. This makes me flexible and adaptable, allowing me to switch tasks and pick up slack as the team needs.
Additionally, with my background in user experience, I think I bring a customer-driven perspective to the product conversations, making sure that there is a balance between their needs and those of the business overall.
6. What are some of your favorite activities outside of work?
I read a lot. I enjoy all the superhero TV shows and movies that are out right now. I paint on occasion and I have been salsa dancing for years. I try to get out into nature and go on hikes when I can and I enjoy geocaching. I am on a continual quest to collect passport stamps and folks say I’m a pretty good cook.
7. What’s something not a lot of people know about you?
I am actually a pretty big gamer and I have been to the Game Developers Conference (GDC). Nowadays, I prefer consoles to PC, but in my youth I spent a lot of time running around MMOs from Everquest all the way to Dungeons & Dragons Online. Recently, I have been playing a lot of Uncharted 4 however, I do enjoy popping into ESO or Skyrim every once in awhile.
8. If you were a breakfast cereal, what would you be and why?
Something crunchy yet sweet. More than likely a cereal that is an acquired taste. Definitely a little too indulgent to actually be good for you and a bit nutty.
9. Who was your role model/hero as a child?
Xena the Warrior Princess or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Need I say more?
10. What’s your spirit animal? Why?
J.K. Rowling claims it’s a wild boar. Personally, I have always been drawn to owls for their symbolism of wisdom and regality. You can find their imagery throughout my home and belongings.
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