Megan Jensen, senior solutions architect in our award-winning Sitecore practice is passionate about our collaborative culture at Perficient. She’s involved in our Women in Tech ERG, Minneapolis business unit culture events, and the Sitecore community as a Sitecore Strategy MVP. Megan is committed to giving her time, energy, and expertise to her communities, and she discusses her devotion to her work, colleagues, and clients below.
What is your role? Describe a typical day in the life.
As a senior solutions architect in Perficient’s Sitecore business unit, I’m like a Swiss army knife doing it all. I have a deep understanding of Sitecore, all the products offered, and how they work together. I find it most rewarding to work with our clients over a longer span of time to learn about their business, get to know their teams well, and become embedded with the work they’re doing to help them succeed.
When our team is brought into a new project, we define the scope and help with everything from user research and content strategy, to usability testing and assisting with SEO. My job is to understand the people who use our clients’ websites, and recognize what they’re trying to accomplish while using it. I use this knowledge to build a user-friendly website that’s easy for people to use and find what they’re looking for. This can include making tweaks to the functionality, information, or design of websites.
What are your proudest accomplishments, personally and professionally? Any milestone moments at Perficient?
I am very proud to be a Sitecore Strategy MVP. I have participated in several speaking engagements at Sitecore user groups, written blogs, spoken on podcasts, helped organize strategy and marketing focused lunches, and stayed active in the Sitecore community to answer questions. Having consistent contributions to the community is something I take pride in.
I’ve also been selected to speak at the Sitecore Symposium in Chicago this year. After attending the Symposium for several years, being chosen to speak on the big stage is thrilling and terrifying at the same time. I’m ultimately excited to share my expertise in front of people that I’ve come to know very well and have a lot of respect for.
It’s been a big year for me professionally, and I’m both grateful and proud. I owe so much to the people I work with at Perficient because I would not have learned so much without the generosity of their time and unfailing patience in answering all my questions. In this industry, you do not get anywhere without the help of others.
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What has your experience at Perficient taught you?
It has simultaneously taught me humility and confidence. There is always more to learn, and that’s where humility comes into play. Everything is always evolving, and just when you think you have a handle on something, there’s a new release, version of a product, or a completely new product to learn.
My experience at Perficient has also taught me confidence. I’ve struggled with imposter syndrome, but having people above me ask for my opinion because they trust me has really boosted my confidence. Our developers treat strategists as equals because we both know that we need each other in order to be successful on projects.
What advice would you give to colleagues who are starting their career with Perficient?
Do not hesitate to ask questions, and always implement the 15-minute rule. The 15-minute rule allows 15 minutes trying to figure something out, but if it takes any longer than that, you should ask someone for help because your time is too valuable. Whether it’s connecting to the printer or understanding why your AB test isn’t triggering correctly, there’s no shame in asking your colleagues for support. They’ll likely be flattered that you asked, and no one has ever thought less of me for asking questions. I think the greatest gift is teaching each other what we’ve learned because it makes us better collectively.
How have you grown your career with Perficient?
I’ve done my homework by reading and watching tutorials. I always try to be one step ahead and know the answers that could possibly help so, if I’m in a meeting, I’m always prepared. I proactively learn new things and try to stay ahead. This approach has taken me pretty far in my career. I also find it’s important to network and market yourself. Personally, I’m very involved with our Women in Tech ERG and the Minneapolis business unit, and this has enhanced project delivery by already having personal connections with people.
What are you passionate about outside of work?
I love spending time with my husband and two daughters, and as a family, we enjoy attending concerts together. I’m really into live music, and I have the time of my life watching cover bands at dive bars. I’m also a bit of a foodie, so I like to cook and go out to eat, but I also am politically active and do a lot of volunteering.
What is one thing you wish your colleagues knew about you?
I hope my colleagues know how much I care about them. I genuinely worry when they go through hard times in their personal lives, and I truly mean it when I say that I’m thinking about them. The Sitecore and Minneapolis business unit colleagues are my people, and it makes such a huge difference working with your friends. Perficient is full of smart people, and I am proud and grateful to be a member of this team.
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