The Back Story – Andy Koh

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The Back Story – Andy Koh
In our monthly interview, The Back Story we sit down with a senior team member of Singapore ADAPTOVATE, Andy Koh.

The Back Story monthly interview features ADAPTOVATE employees from around the world. Each month we ask them 10 questions. Our team is the greatest asset we have, and it’s a privilege to share just a little bit more about who they are.

This month we are featuring our project lead in Singapore Andy Koh.

First up – how long have you worked with us?

It has been a little over two years since I joined ADAPTOVATE.

Why did you join us?  Were you in the industry previously, or looking for a new career direction?

I joined because of the unique proposition of ADAPTOVATE. The blend of Agile values and behaviours with application of consulting know-how appealed to me. At that point in time, I was looking for a change in my career direction towards a better way of working and ADAPTOVATE was it.

How has your previous experience and career helped define where you are now? Would you have done things differently?

I was a consultant with another global consulting firm before I joined, and before that a programme and project manager with global financial corporations. As a programme and project manager, I emphasised the need to follow processes and use tools to complete projects on time and within budget. However, I kept thinking that there had to be a better way of working to both show results and stay happy. As a consultant, I wanted to be relied on for providing valuable insights. Both experiences helped build up to who I am today. The Agile values brought it all together nicely for me. I believe in looking forward so I would not want to change anything in the past.

How do you balance your work life with your ‘real’ life – Do you have a good balance and how important is it to you?

While I do not differentiate between ‘work’ life and ‘real’ life, because there is really only one, I do believe in the benefits of that mental shift that happens when transitioning from the working environment into the non-working environment and vice-versa. If this is the balance we are talking about, then it is important to me. I want a suitable amount of pressure in the work environment to spur me on and a suitable amount of ‘I don’t care’ time to recharge. There have been times in my life where I experienced the extreme