Amy Qualls (she/her)
Pronounced as: /eɪ.mi q̟ʉälls/
Things I do: writing, quilting, cats, travel, munchies, photography, fountain pens. I shouldn't be trusted around sharp objects or gullible children.
When I had to decide what I wanted to do for a living, I acknowledged to myself that I'm a fast writer and a slow coder, but I wanted to keep both sides of my skillset sharp. I'm frequently found in team check-ins for:
- Personality tests: if you like this sort of thing…
- Communication style: I have a strong preference for written communication. I don't process or retain auditory information well.
- At most, small groups of people. I can't hear well in situations with background noise or overlapping conversations.
- I tend to go silent in groups larger than about 4 people unless I'm masking in some way. (See also, "Amy the Docs Fairy".)
- I'm deeply introverted. Group gatherings are intimidating, and they drain me quickly. I do much better in 1:1 conversations, where I can focus on the person speaking to me.
- I'm dreadful at social cues. Sometimes I catch them. Mostly I don't.
- Deep, solitary focus, with a strong preference for written information.
- Easily distracted by background noises and conversation. I wear studio monitors almost all day, every day at work.
- Given the choice between a recorded Zoom meeting or an agenda, I will read the agenda / notes 100% of the time.
- Because I work very quickly, it is easy to miss that I don't process simultaneous inputs well and get overwhelmed by them.
I work exclusively from to-do items, and I start each day by processing the MRs I've been asked to review. If you need my attention, adding me as a reviewer is the fastest way to get it. I tend to work early mornings (US west coast) time, because my teams are based mostly in Europe. In my mornings I sit in on team check-ins and do reviews; new writing and deep edits tend to happen in my afternoons.
If I have a few minutes between tasks, I'll frequently find something small to clean up. ABC: always be cleaning!
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I love the infinite malleability of language.
I focus on building active, positive relationships with my engineers, PMs, and designers to ensure good ideas are captured, then turned into good contributions.