Lahiru Cooray discusses his role as Head of Technical Services at Novigi.
What is your role at Novigi?
I am the Head of Technical Services, based in the Colombo office in Sri Lanka. I work closely with the technical teams across support, integration and data projects as well as act as a middle man between the technical team and our client services. My day generally consists of technical review and work in progress meetings to help the team map out architecture and meet project requirements. I also engage with the client services team in Australia for user recommendations and technical specifications.
What sort of projects do you enjoy working on?
I really like working on our integration and data projects. I like being able to make the end user’s experience better and the skills needed in these areas match my past knowledge and experience so I feel that I am better at it.
What’s your favourite thing about working for Novigi?
My favourite thing would have to be the people that I work with. The team and the people are so supportive and everyone, even top management, supports WHAT is correct rather than WHO is correct. This makes for a great culture to be a part of!
What exciting things are happening in the Sri Lanka team in 2021?
We are working on some different types of technical projects – doing things in a different way and adapting to new technologies. This is great as we can enjoy the challenges rather than doing the same thing every day.
We’ve also started working with our first client based here in Sri Lanka. This is just part of the growth that we are facing this year in both quality and quantity. I am really looking forward to what 2021 brings!
How do you successfully manage working across time zones with the team in Australia?
Personally, I try to work as early as possible to have a good overlap with the Australian team. As a senior team member I have more direct client facing work and interaction with our Australian team so I prioritise them in the mornings and then work with the Colombo team after 12pm.
What do you enjoy doing on the weekends?
I like to relax on the weekends with my kids and my Labrador puppy! I also clean the fish tanks for my ornamental fish.
What is an interesting fact (or two) about you?
The fact that I collect ornamental fish is an interesting fact about me. I have twenty Koi fish and one Golden Arowana. I also know a lot of facts about fish.
Lahiru Cooray is Head of Technical Services at Novigi and is based in the Colombo office
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