Towards the end of this year the Automattic Design Organization has helped us to explore and discover what our personal professional mission statement would be as a way in which we can both individually and collectively take ownership of our growth and development.
We used this Mural as the template for the conversation. It helped us:
- Brainstorm past successes, strengths, opportunities, and passions as they relate to you and your professional development.
- Rank items in each category from most to least important. We worked with our team leads to vote on the top three most important items. Ideally, picking items that will have the most impact. For example, if we focus on A, it will also have an effect on B and C.
- Develop a strategic action plan by answering the following questions:
- How do you use your successes to take advantage of opportunities?
- How do you overcome weaknesses preventing you from taking advantage of opportunities?
- How can your strengths reduce the probability of stagnation?
- What can you do about your opportunity areas to align to your areas of passion?
Steps two and three were a collaborative discussion with our team lead that resulted in 3, 6, and 12 month goal timelines.
When @johnmaeda, Head of Design and Inclusion, at Automattic asked me if I could summarize my PPM into a 280 character statement he helped me refine it to a place where I could then put it out to the world saying:
The web is your coloring book. You’re at a company where this is what we’re (supposed to be) good at. Just fill in the blanks. And all will go the way you want.John Maeda
And thus my PPM was born:
I am a classically-trained designer who is passionate about the customer experience who strives to deepen research practices among designers while taking full advantage of my operational and leadership skills.Maria Scarpello
P.S. We’re hiring!