Trineo Spotlight: Alice Eller
February 18, 2020
Trineo team members live in cities ranging from Seattle, Washington, to Christchurch, New Zealand, with interests that include Jiu Jitsu, cartooning, and herbology. In this series, we’ll learn more about these extraordinary people we are proud to call friends and colleagues.
Location: Sydney, Australia
Your Role at Trineo: Director of Project Delivery
Three words that describe you: Organised, Friendly, Compassionate
Last Book you Read: I’m still working my way through it...with a small child life can get in the way of opening a book, so I try to listen to audiobooks. I’m currently listening to Michelle Obama’s autobiography but her soothing tones keep sending me to sleep. I’ll let you know if I ever make it to the end.
What are you watching right now?
I am bingeing on the wonderfully funny Schitt’s Creek. If you haven’t had a chance to see it, I recommend a watch - the on-screen rapport between father and son, Eugene and Daniel Levy, is the real hook for me. There are certain things even the best actors can’t capture without being blood relatives.
Anything that’s changing your life right now?
It’s a blatant plug, but a certain bank has released a ‘ring’ (yup, one you wear on your finger), which you use instead of a card to pay for purchases, public transportation and your daily coffee. It’s perfect if you’re juggling a bag on one shoulder, a small child on your hip, and need to pay for your morning commute. Everyone in the office enjoys watching the confused merchants when I wave at the EFTPOS machine!
What do you do in your spare time?
I love to stroll along to my local cafe for a coffee on the weekends - coffee for the grown-ups and chocolate milkshake for my son. I’ve also recently taken to baking with my son. It satisfies his curious mind, and his sweet tooth - yes, he takes after his mother!
Your professional experience before Trineo:
I studied Computer and Information Systems so I had a pretty good idea which field I was keen to be in. I spent many years as a developer for VMware in Sydney before switching to Scrum Master/Agile BA role.
Important moments, catalysts, turning points in your career?
I think realising I could combine my dev knowledge and experience with my other skills to create my perfect role of Scrum Master. I love to be organised and I’m passionate about leading others through processes. When I made the switch, it was as if all the threads had come together.
How long have you been at Trineo?
I started at Trineo as a contractor with the view that I would later join another company. Although I really enjoyed working as a contractor, once I’d spent some time working with the team at the Trineo Sydney office...there was no looking back. That was about 18 months ago. It’s a great environment for sharing ideas, feeling safe and looked after...and hanging out with people who love coffee as much as I do!
What’s the Role?
I wear two hats really. One is aligning and coordinating the day to day running of projects. The other is more strategic; looking at the bigger picture, listening to the client, setting goals, and ultimately meeting the needs of that client. Oh, and it goes without saying, lots of problem solving.
What is an interesting / fun fact that most people don’t know about you?
One of my incarnations was as a professional swing dancer. My husband and I would get booked for events and celebrations. The highlight of this era was choreographing our wedding dance and performing it in front of our friends and family, and nailing the backflip!
How would you describe our culture to candidates or other people who inquire?
To me, Trineo is really like a family of friends. To be successful here, it’s paramount to be open and honest, have your own opinion but be able to listen to others...and you have to have a sense of fun - we take the work seriously but we try not to take ourselves too seriously.
What career advice would you give to your younger self when you were starting out in your career?
Be open-minded and listen to other people’s experience and perspective but back yourself when you feel passionate about something.
One last one for our aspirational readers: what would you do if you won Lotto?
Obviously, it depends how big the win. I’d love to take a trip to Japan, any season would do but winter could be fun for a bit of skiing, not to mention the food, culture and my husband’s obsession with Nintendo. The next level up would be a round the world extravaganza.
Want to work with people like Alice? Trineo is always looking for great people to join our team.
To learn more, visit careers at Trineo.