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PSL’s Daily Stand Up with Esteban Hernandez

"What gets me most excited is the idea that PSL's future is my future. I believe I can create a new future that will influence the future of PSL."

— Esteban Hernandez, Big Data Scientist at PSL

PSL is a purpose-driven software outsourcing company. We believe in positively impacting our clients, our employees, and our communities in a variety of ways. For PSL employees, that means being part of an environment that encourages continuous learning and growth and a company that commits to achieving excellence and innovation. Every individual has access to an array of resources, such as trainings, courses, guilds, mentors, and more, to drive their development and they can also gain new skills through PSL Labs, our research and development program. We look for outstanding professionals, but even better human beings.

PSL's success would not be possible without the help of each individual and the collective that is committed to delivering the very best in offshore software development to our clients. In this week's Daily Standup, we sat down one of our very talented engineers, Esteban Hernandez, to discuss his journey from Big Data Architect to team lead and understand how PSL looks to innovate.

Esteban Hernandez, Big Data Scientist at PSL

How long have you been working at PSL and what is your role here?

I've been working at PSL for two years in June. My initial role was Big Data Architect, but as time went by, I took on leadership roles; not just in the technical side of the project, but also coaching. I help my team stay grounded and resolve issues in both technical and personal aspects.

How have you changed or grown in your role since you've joined PSL?

I've changed a lot and learned so much. I started in a project that had an initial vision that would change from time to time. In every meeting, we'd find we had a new vision altogether. We all grew as we learned to identify and align with client needs. Initially, the project called for some very technical skills to develop POCs and generate business value for our client. Later it became a task of bringing together a group of very skilled peopleto help the project grow. And, finally, it's become about maintaining this team of very talented people, keeping them motivated, making sure the team is efficient, and trying to align more and more with our client's vision. Or, alternatively, trying to not just solve specific problems, but participate in defining the vision with our client.

What gets you most excited about PSL's future?

What gets me most excited is the idea that PSL's future is my future. I believe I can create a new future that will influence the future of PSL. For my specific case, I had a strong background in research, and I believe that research departments and the tech industry need to work together to create new products. In PSL, we work towards developing these products by focusing on key areas in which we have the skills, the people and relevant experience to structure projects and experiment internally. For instance, projects in AI, machine learning, IoT, Blockchain, and more. So, I'm envisioning a future for PSL where, as a company, it makes use of all its resources to offer great value to its clients from Colombia to the World.

"I work with a very diverse team in Colombia with people in Bogotá, Medellin, and Barranquilla, when we get the chance to share a space together, it's the best!"

— Esteban Hernandez, Big Data Scientist at PSL

Do you have a favorite event that PSL puts on each year?

In my case, I have a lot of events I enjoy; Industry and academic events, events with other communities. I love community events where we can share and showcase our experience and our projects. But I also love team building events! Because I work with a very diverse team in Colombia with people in Bogotá, Medellin, and Barranquilla, when we get the chance to share a space together—for example, I was recently able to attend a meeting in Cali and see my teammates face-to-face—, it's the best!

What have you learned from your time working at PSL?

I'd say that my biggest takeaway is not to get too attached to a plan. If you have an idea you really want to develop, it's best not to get too caught up with the planning, but rather start working on it because plans are going to change as you go. In some cases, we have opinions and a lot of ideas; but the best way to get from idea to the actual project is to work on it.



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