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Humans of Honeywell Sine: Meet Emilia Chignola

By Maddy GlynnDigital Marketing Specialist
Published on August 4, 2022

As a fast-growing scale-up, we are fortunate to have employees from a variety of cultural and professional backgrounds, with diverse expertise and skills. As we continue to expand globally, we wanted to give you all a look inside our unique culture at Sine and the wonderful people who make it great to be a part of. 

In Humans of Honeywell Sine, we will be regularly interviewing different members of the team about their interests inside and outside of the tech world, their Sine stories and much more. 

This month, we are pleased to be joined by Scrum Master, Emilia Chignola. Having just celebrated her sixth months here at Sine, Emilia has been a valuable asset to the team and plays a significant role in making Sine the best it can be.

Keep reading to find out more about Emilia and her role at Sine!

Women Connect at Honeywell Sine
Honeywell Sine's Women Connect (Adelaide Chapter) potluck

What is your role at Sine?

Scrum Master. What now you say? This is a typical response to my chosen career. As a Scrum Master, I have the privilege of being a servant leader, facilitator, coach, manager, mentor, teacher, impediment remover and change agent for our teams.

What made you decide to be a Scrum Master?

When we think of any agile methodology, the first thought is usually how we use Scrum/Kanban/DSDM to deliver value and increase productivity. I first thought about how we utilise these methodologies to increase happiness and joy for our teams and customers. Happiness and productivity go hand in hand — this bond is deep. A drop in happiness precedes a drop in productivity and velocity by weeks. The three pillars of Scrum, Transparency, Inspection and Adaptation, resonate with me and align with my definition of perfect. This role allows me to create trust, align purpose, evolve teams and level up organisations — the main outcomes being continuous improvement and, most importantly, increased happiness.

What advice would you give someone who's looking to get into the engineering field?

Develop and deliver as many projects as possible. Growth and evolution are born out of experience and continuous learning. And remember my definition of perfect — “perfect is doing the best you can with the skillset and tools you have.” Every time you evolve your skillset and tools, you redefine perfect.

Team at Honeywell Sine
Who doesn't love a good Pizza Friday?!

Why did you join Sine?

In my interview, I was asked a similar question by our Agile Lead, Calvin Yau: "Why do you want to work for Honeywell Sine?" My response was this — I have been fortunate to enjoy a career in software and video game development with roles ranging from Designer to Scrum Master. I have worked for local dev studios, and global conglomerates, met the most wonderful people, and developed long-lasting relationships. Now, I’m looking for a home. Honeywell is my home.

What are your favourite things about being part of the Sine team?

The intelligent and compassionate team members surrounding me daily are the best part. The community we have created at Honeywell Sine is second to none. This is a direct result of everyone supporting one another and being open.

What is your favourite workplace event?

Without a doubt, it would have to be Build '22. Events that cross departments are how we become an agile organisation, not just agile engineering teams. This event, driven by our Director of Engineering, Matt Bauerochse, featured a retrospective that included Product, Design, Engineering, People & Culture and Leadership. The valuable insights and action we have taken post this event will positively impact all teams and our product. We also spent time at an arcade and went bowling in the afternoon; it was great to enjoy time with each other.

Kokomo the dog
Kokomo, Sine's junior Scrum Master in training.

What do you do for fun outside of work?

Most weekends, you can find me hiking with my dog and exploring the beautiful state that is South Australia. I also bring my dog to my boxing gym.
I am an avid reader and love to learn. Right now I am reading “The Great CEO Within” by Matt Mochary and “Immunity to Change” by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey. Both are a great read so far!

One final fun fact about you

I love polaroid photos! Many photos of our team plastered across L1 and L2 of the Honeywell Sine Adelaide office can be found. I love that we capture that exact moment, not taking extra photos. It is a genuine snapshot of a real moment in time.

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