Yuyuqui Loqui joined AT Language Solutions to be Product Owner of a new tech product we're working on. Yuyuqui is a highly analytical, hardworking person with a sense of savoir faire that's won us all over. Let's learn a bit more about her in this interview.
When did you join AT Language Solutions?
At the end of 2020.
In which sectors have you previously worked?
My background is varied - because I've worked in software service provisioning I've been lucky enough to work on products in industries as diverse as health, food and drink, corporate communications, audiovisual services and more.
Were you familiar with the world of translation?
I'd scratched the surface - in the past I worked on a technology-based interpreting project.
What exactly does your work consist of?
I manage a tech product and am responsible for overseeing and coordinating the product life cycle throughout every stage from concept, to implementation, to ongoing optimisation.
Behind any application, there's someone who decides - or coordinates decisions - on all aspects of the software. Let's look at an example everyone will be familiar with: in Microsoft Word, someone will think about the best way to select the fonts, customise the views, the background colour, where to put the 'Save' button and all the options you'll find under each section of the main menu, and functionality. Plus, you also need to think about whether users have bought Word individually or as part of a package, how to handle updates, and which functionalities take priority over those with a lower value for consumers/users.
It's my job to maximise the proposed value, keeping it aligned with a product's business strategy, so my work is supported primarily by the technical team as well as internal and external collaborators.
Which aspects of your work do you like most?
Because I'm a curious person, discovery is what I enjoy most. To get to that point the first thing you need to do is set out and validate hypotheses, which will then play a decisive role in the direction the product takes.
What do you like the least?
I can't say what I like the least about my job - I enjoy it all. However, I think the most challenging side of the job is negotiating with all the different stakeholders and persuading them to get to that coveted (and often hard to reach) win-win situation.
What would you like to highlight about working at AT Language Solutions?
AT is a company with high expectations and valued professionals; I can see in them the level of commitment and dedication that's needed to make a company prosper.
Without meaning to be too nosey, can you tell us something interesting about yourself? Give us some insight into your personal life. What is your favourite thing to do in your free time?
I'm all about tapas, books and conversations. Curious by nature, I can get a little obsessive - when I get interested in something I want to know how every little thing works. The things that catch my eye are often in areas that are completely unrelated to each other. So I guess when I gain this knowledge it's not exactly practical, but for me the process of finding out the answers is the most fruitful and gratifying thing.
Yuyuqui Loqui: rapid fire round
- Do you remember what you wanted to be when you grew up?
When I was little I wanted to be a vet, but then around age 5 I decided I wanted to be an engineer like my father.
- If you could travel to anywhere you want, where would it be?
I have two dream destinations: Iceland and the Maldives.
- A book you couldn't do without?
Sapiens by Yuval N. Harari and Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.
- A dish you never get tired of.
This is a tough question to answer - I love food! I like Asian food, especially Peking duck and noodle soup.
- Your favourite television series.
- A film that left an impression on you.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
- You love...
- You can't stand...
A lack of empathy.