Lisa Gumerman on her HealthSherpa journey so far, what stands out about our inner work tradition, how to achieve success right here, and a day within the life!


HealthSherpa strongly believes in creating inclusive, equitable areas that construct belief, respect, and a way of belonging which are essential to our tradition and work. We’re excited to function our colleagues and listen to extra about their experiences at HealthSherpa, from their first touchpoints all the way in which as much as their tenure and development. On this publish, hear from Engineering Supervisor Lisa Gumerman about her profession development since becoming a member of HealthSherpa, the tradition of steady studying, and extra.


After I joined in September 2020, we didn’t embrace off-exchange plans within the HealthSherpa Market. This Open Enrollment Interval, the Market consists of off-exchange plans from seven insurance coverage carriers. Like with any software program venture, we had quite a lot of bugs at first. It was fairly nerve-wracking understanding these bugs can have an effect on somebody’s entry to medical insurance, however we launched 4 carriers simply in the previous couple of months, they usually all went tremendous easily. It’s been spectacular to see my workforce take myriad necessities and make one thing steady and extensible. Taking a venture from infancy to a full-blown, strong providing is fairly unimaginable.


That is going to sound odd, however: that it’s okay to not know all of the solutions, and that it’s okay to succeed in out for assist. Particularly in engineering, it may well typically really feel like a private failure to not know the entire data you want in an effort to do your job. In a reasonably sophisticated area like healthcare, it’s significantly laborious to know all the things. However realistically you simply can’t – you’re at all times studying. Irrespective of your degree, it’s protected and even anticipated to ask and reply questions.


Above all the things else: initiative. HealthSherpa is pretty distinctive in that it really rewards you for taking initiative. I joined as a senior engineer, moved into administration, and just lately bought one other promotion. HealthSherpa is rising quickly and there are quite a lot of alternatives to make your mark in case you attain out and seize them.


Day-after-day feels completely different, however the routine is roughly the identical. I’m terrible about doing the “test Slack earlier than I get away from bed” factor, however it’s one of many issues that helps get me out of it – in any other case I’d lie round and cuddle my canine all day. I attempt to keep away from scheduling any conferences until round 10 am, to present myself time to make amends for messages, evaluate pull requests, and customarily ensure I’ve my wits about me. Then, I sync with my product supervisor, attend a standup with our broader product/engineering/design workforce, meet different engineering leaders, and maintain 1:1s with my workforce. Within the afternoon, I both pair with my engineers and different stakeholders, or have time to focus by myself work – whether or not it’s on the individuals/venture administration entrance or the occasional contribution to the codebase.


My most notable ardour outdoors of labor is my skincare obsession – I’m the founder/chief admin of a 70k+ member Fb group and have a weblog I attempt to publish on a weekly foundation. Seems I get pleasure from each a part of the skincare blogger course of: researching merchandise, shopping for them, organizing them in my private product backlog, opening them, utilizing them, emptying them, and writing critiques about them. I’ve even been identified to ship coworkers skincare at varied factors, and doing sheet masks collectively is certainly on the docket for our subsequent onsite.


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