Meet Francisco "Paco" Muro

Silexica is made up of so many awesome personalities and intelligent minds. Meet Francisco (Paco) Muro, an Aerospace Engineer turned Agile Project Management Intern and learn more about the variety of his position at Silexica.

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WHERE AND WHY?

I live in awesome Cologne for 8 months. I’ve been subletting the whole time, with super awesome people that let me stay in their rooms when they travel or their couch. However I am really looking forward to having my own bedroom and make myself a home. I started as an intern and I’m now writing my master thesis “A method to adopt and improve agility in growing organizations: a high-tech software company case study”. However I do lots of different things with different teams: I design processes and help to implement them in engineering, product management and customer engagements, understand and improve our value delivery process with agile practices (our maturity level), administer and customize Jira and Bitbucket for worknow improvements, automate and analyze data for QA reporting, support non-technical teams with tech assets, help coordinate Sprint and PI review meetings. And get the team tasty food.

BEST THING ABOUT SILEXICA?

COFFEE. Second best thing is the team and culture, which is also important for me to do my job. Open minded and flexible people give the chance for constant improvement and learning from failures. On the other hand, strong personalities that aren’t ok with some changes also triggers healthy discussions to find new directions for improvement.

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WHAT DO YOU DO OUTSIDE OF WORK?

I code interactive visual sketches, mainly with the goal to just look awesome and be fun. They may refer to simulation of natural phenomena, such as physics mechanics, group behaviours, cellular automata, genetic algorithms, fractals… maybe combined with some gamification along the human input to the system. I also DJ, lately not so much. A few times in clubs but mostly underground. I am very interested in sci-fi art and I collect books and references to artists. I also collect stoner rock CDs.

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WHAT HAPPENS ONCE YOUR INTERNSHIP IS COMPLETE ?

I’m an Aerospace Engineer who got a bit tired of the square mindness and limited creativity of many in this field. Pursuing my curiosity, I pivoted my career into entrepreneurship and innovation, hoping to capitalize from the synergy between all disciplines. Now I can think of joining an aerospace startup and leading agile adoption efforts while changing hats and developing/marketing/managing.

ADVICE TO FUTURE SILEXICANS?

Nothing is written in stone, and there’s never a ‘best way’ (contingency theory, bounded rationality and satisficing). We have to acknowledge that we can only work with what we know and what we know we don’t know, moreover, with limited time and patience to reach decisions. Don’t get stuck in the details and remember that what matters is reaching the vision as a team!

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