This post recently ran on the Mozy blog and I thought you might like to witness my 15 minutes of fame.
Hello again! Glad you could make it back for another session of
our “My name is … and I work for Mozy” blog series. We’ve attempted to
expand across all our functional areas to show you that Mozy has
successfully managed to find the best-of-the-best in talent. And
speaking of talent … we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Morningstar,
Mozy Principal Product Manager. Jamie works closely with the Mozy
development teams to help guide them in creating the right thing at the
right time, in the right way. In her words “Basically, I listen to a lot
of people about what they need, work with the engineers to get it done,
and then tell people about it!” Simple enough, right? Yes, if you’re
I define my workspace as …
Gypsy chic. That makes the clutter sound a lot quainter than, “really
messy because tidying up never seems to make it to the top of my to-do
A device I can’t live without …
My teapot. Wireless headphones are a close second.
When I arrive at work, I typically start off by …
Completing the top thing on my list. I try to use those precious morning
hours for in-depth thinking and save email for later in the day.
My work routine is …
Collaborative. Most of my job revolves around working with the
development teams to plan and create features, so I spend a lot of time
describing and prioritizing customer needs and then explaining it all to
the engineering teams, my fellow Product Owners, and stakeholders like
Sales, Support, and Executives.
I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …
I do listen to music when I can carve out 30 or 40 minutes of thinking
and writing time. Music helps me focus on my work rather than listening
to the hubbub around me. But most of the time I don’t listen to music
because I need to be available to the people around me.
The best advice I can give a recent college graduate looking to do what I do is …
Figure out what makes you special in your field of study. My
undergraduate degree is in Computer Science and early on I realized that
I had a distinct ability to bridge between different parts of the
organization. So I transformed it into a career in Product Management
and I love the challenges and rewards of translating between different
parts of the company and helping developers create the most important
thing as efficiently as possible. It’s certainly not what I expected to
do when I walked into my CS101 class, but I’m glad that I recognized my
unique strengths in my field and pursued them.
Outside of work, I am passionate about …
The welfare of the world’s 210 million orphans. Getting more young women
interested in careers in technology. Agile software development. And
skiing, hiking, and camping in the amazing Utah great outdoors. I’m a
Author’s note: I once read that what a person does for others
without expecting anything in return is what really shows you their
character. I know that Jamie is very involved in the community and with
women’s groups. Good for you, Jamie!
My eating habits are …
Convenient. Like most people, I try to eat healthy, but left to my own
devices I’d probably eat Lucky Charms for two or maybe three meals a
day. They really are magically delicious.
If I could be someone for a day – I would be …
Myself on vacation. Is that lame? I really like being me… I’d just like
to be me on the ski slopes rather than in my office. Or if I need to
come up with an answer that’s more inspirational I’d be Roald Dahl
because I wonder what it was like in his head, writing such heartwarming
yet seriously twisted stories. Neil Gaiman would work, too.
The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …
Birkenstocks. You can tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear.