Squiz Q&A with Digital Project Manager, Sally MacTaggart

This week, we caught up with Sally MacTaggart, one of Squiz’s Digital Project Managers in our Adelaide office.

Squiz: How long have you had the pleasure of working for Squiz?

I’ve been here nearly 10 months now.

What was your path here?

I’ve been working in digital since 1999 on the client side and spent the last few years consulting in digital strategy and project management.  

What do you get up to on an average day?

Well, like a lot of Squizzers, it starts with a coffee from our coffee machine ;), followed by chasing up clients on tasks and seeing where projects are up to - we can be working on a couple of projects at a time here. Often running between meetings at various client offices building up my step count! This is usually followed by some reporting for clients and internal discussions about future projects.

What do you love the most about your role?

I get to work with amazing people who collaborate across geographic locations.  Our clients are always interesting and really value what we have to say.

What's helped you to get to where you are now?

An innate love of all things digital, really. I remember the early days of the internet with rotating gifs and 14k modems…. Also working in HR and large corporate organisations in IT has given me the understanding of what happens on the client-side and what they are expecting from us as vendors.

Is there any advice that you’d give anyone who wanted to do something similar?

Hmmm, learn from everyone and adapt your own style. Do a management course because as a PM you really manage people, not projects, or things. Expect change - project plans are a working document :).

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an archeologist.  Always thought I would be sitting in Egypt digging up ancient artifacts.  Instead I work in a fast paced, ever evolving field creating things for future archeologists to dig up and be amazed at :)

What one thing do you wish you had (skill, thing or other)?

Maybe the 6 numbers for next week’s X-lotto...

What’s something random about yourself?

I used to breed and break in horses, Appaloosas mostly.

What attracted you to join Squiz?

The culture and the local reputation. And who can go past the ‘disclaimer’ on the Careers page!

Finally, What’s been your best day at Squiz so far?

That’s tricky, I’ve had some great days working with some awesome people. My best day was probably when we went live with NCVER, which was months of hard work that launched on time.

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