Claudia has been working in Brainlab Research and Development since 2006. Throughout her journey, she has experienced everything from working on her Master’s thesis to helping develop Buzz Digital O.R. to managing an R&D team. Read all about her inspiring career path at Brainlab below.
When did you start working at Brainlab?
In 2006, I joined Brainlab to write my thesis about audio functionalities in the operating room. I was offered a position in R&D as a project engineer after my Master’s in the area of Digital O.R. platforms, which I happily accepted. After many years in platforms development, I started working on software projects in 2015. In January 2018, I was promoted to Manager R&D.
How would you describe a regular day as a developer at Brainlab?
In a development project, things change often so many days surprise you with something new. New ideas, new information, changing priorities, upcoming obstacles – you need to stay flexible. So, maybe a regular day means that you keep challenging your plans. Each day consists of talking to people and defining the best next steps based on the information you have, taking potential risks into account and implementing measures against them. If necessary, the steering committee is called for a meeting to make important decisions.
What were the challenges of moving from being a developer to an R&D Manager?
During my time as a developer, I focused more on product details, like solving technical challenges and finding the best way to create a product that meets all requirements with regards to features, costs and timeline, that were defined in one specific project. As a manager, my focus is now broader. I oversee several projects, and the challenge is to make sure that we work efficiently as a team, deliver good outcomes and that there is still room for team members to develop themselves.
Can you describe the promotion process and your new position?
In 2015, I assumed the role of team lead of a software development team in a newly founded department. After my maternity leave, I continued this position part time. The team grew and I was granted the title Manager R&D in January 2018.
In this position, I supervise a highly motivated team of software developers and project engineers and managers who work on several development projects in the field of digital operating rooms. My responsibilities range from performing development interviews and recruiting new team members to prioritizing our multi project environment, making sure the right people work on the right projects, and supporting the team.
What was your favorite project you have worked on?
The Buzz Digital O.R. project! By being part of the Buzz development team from beginning to end, I gained precious experience and absolutely enjoyed the unique team spirit we had.
What motivates you to come to work every day?
Knowing that I can change things. And that I can bring in my ideas and that the team can turn ideas into reality. That is the best thing. Once I understood that it is not only the organization defining my work, but I define my work, things became really fun. I have been given a lot of opportunities.
What did you spend your last vacation doing?
As I have already been with the company for many years, I was allowed to enjoy a sabbatical leave last winter. I had time to realize some of my dreams—I went windsurfing in Jericoacoara, Brazil, and hiking in Southern Patagonia. And back home I still had time to go skiing in the Alps before returning to Brainlab with lots of new energy.