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6 Reasons Why I Joined XebiaLabs as VP Product Development
“VeePee what?” somebody asked at the camping site last week. “I thought you were starting as an independent consultant,” another person commented on LinkedIn. These are valid questions considering that, before joining XebiaLabs, I was, indeed, ambitious to become an independent consultant and I had planned to start a new assignment in that role. So, it makes sense that my friends and colleagues would be totally surprised that, when XebiaLabs asked me to become their new VP of Product Development, I jumped at the chance.There are some really good reasons why I decided to work for XebiaLabs. Here are the top 6.
1. XebiaLabs creates products that have a huge positive impact on their customersI’m very motivated by what is possible. I love showing people what they can achieve within their organizations and helping them improve their systems so they can reach their goals. I intended to do this as a coach, team by team and company by company. However, by guiding the XebiaLabs development team to continually improve our products—XL Release and XL Deploy—I can still do this work but with a much larger impact. In my role at XebiaLabs, I’ll not only have an immediate, positive impact on the development team, but on all our customers throughout the world.
2. As VP Product Development I can be entrepreneurialOne reason that becoming an independent consultant appealed to me was that it offered entrepreneurial opportunities, especially as compared to working for a large organization. At XebiaLabs, I have a lot of responsibilities but also a lot of freedom in how to get things done. With around 120 colleagues, the company is small enough to be entrepreneurial but big enough to have a strong foundation to build upon.