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Seven questions to our Software Developer, Henrieke
Get to know Henrieke Leisen (Software Developer, Cologne office), written by Katharina Schlüter
Henrieke is a true Avenga veteran. In 2005, she started working for us as a software developer in the project business and later moved on to the product team. She works with them on our technologies such as wao.io or FIT.
Time for a short interview – time for seven questions to our Avenga colleague!
Henrieke, what are you working on right now?
On a feature of wao.io, called inlining, where small pictures are automatically inserted onto the page and don’t have to be loaded separately. This saves you a request. I’m trying to find out which file size limits make sense. As well as this, I’m currently working on automating our regular testing, and I’m the mediator between QA and the product team. Since we are currently in the middle of a release phase, there is naturally a little more testing to be done.
If you hadn’t become a software developer, then …
…I’d have switched to medicine instead of computers – my original plan. I’d have had to wait for several semesters, though, and I don’t have enough patience. I’m really glad I found my way into computer science!
Which sentence have you never heard at Avenga?
“Wouldn’t it be better if you worked full-time?” I think it’s wonderful I can work part-time. I’m in the office from 8 to 1 on four days a week in which time I give my 100%. Work done, I look forward to my other job as family manager.
How do you get to the Avenga Office in the morning?
I take either the RE9 or S12 S-Bahn (local train) from Hennef. Every morning at Cologne Central Station, I’ve been listening to the announcement, for the last ten years, for the train to Norddeich-Mole, which leaves directly after my train on the same track. And sometimes I’d think: “Wouldn’t a day at the seaside be lovely”, but somehow, I always end up in the office.
What does work-life balance mean to you?
There are two small – or, meanwhile, now bigger – reasons why a balance between work, family and private life is very important to me. I don’t want to have latchkey children who come home from primary school with nobody there for them. Part-time works out really well at Avenga. If there is an event at school, I can change my days off at short notice. My team is very flexible and I am very grateful for this.
Which superpower would you like to have?
To be invisible! Then I‘d run along with my children for a day and see what they’re like when there are no adults around. Or I’d drop by the company and pop into a few offices or meetings. I must admit, I’m a bit curious.
Package deal or road trip?
Definitely a road trip – preferably through the USA or again through Canada.
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