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Profile: Angela Milash

Hello, I’m Angela. They call me the linchpin for getting products built. I rally cross-functional teams around the "why" of what we're building, and deliver world-class products to startups and Fortune 500 companies.

Angela Milash, Product Management Lead & Chief Mountaineer

angela@kun.ai



What I do

I rally cross-functional teams around the "why" of what we're building, and deliver world-class products to startups and Fortune 500 companies. 

delivery  | product and project management  | thought leadership | process


Recent Projects

1. When a Big 4 tax firm wanted to preempt security improvements before a data breach, I unified efforts to deliver a secure and automated global data platform — and helped save them $30 million by delivering it in the cloud.

How it got done >>

2. With a top 4 payment network trying to do more for its merchants, I led a team in the creation of a prototype that showcased ultrasonic data-over-sound technology and proximity alerts for mobile retail checkout applications.

How I Work

I work remotely, from Tahoe, CA. I often work from home at a home office space, or in a coffee shop, or in my truck next to big amazing mountains.

I keep good boundaries between when/where I’m working and living. Working remotely enables me to have a very integrated life pursuing what I am passionate about. By optimizing for myself how I live and work, I’m able to perform and deliver my best work.


My Product Stack


Slack

Even though I don't ‘see’ my team in person every day, we are always very connected. It’s easy to get a hold of everyone. It allows our team to work in close collaboration especially as a remote first global team working partially asynchronously. 

Emojis are underrated! You can’t read the tone of voice when written, but emojis help. In all seriousness, Slack has so many features that enable remote teams and individuals to collaborate really effectively, and also set good working boundaries (notifications and alert settings in channels, etc..) 


All hail the daily standup!

We check in on progress every single day and quickly remove any impediments. My teams don't stay stuck on anything for long. It takes less than 15 minutes. 


Atlassian’s Jira + Confluence - Collaboration, Documentation 

Atlassian’s products work well for collaboration with my internal teams and client teams. All project docs are in one place. There is one source of truth. Great features for managing the work, reporting and product delivery.


Google Suite/Team Drives

Organize all the things! Schedule all the things! Make documents! Put them in places everyone has access to! 


Invision

Hooray for clickable prototypes! People are visual. Invision and other clickable prototyping tools allow teams to visualize a product, test and iterate early without a lot of up front investment.


Zeplin

It turns designs into dev-ready specs, almost automagically. :sparkle:



When I’m not working

I’m often in the mountains… you'll probably find me rock climbing, skiing, trail running, biking, scrambling my way over the next peak. 

When I’m not in the mountains, I spend a lot of time training. Training is crucial to these activities from a physical and mental perspective. Showing up to train requires that one grow and maintain discipline. 


I recently did my first 34km XC Ski race, the 2020 Boulder Mountain Tour. Training for enduro sports is a whole new ballgame. It’s an amazing pursuit when it comes to seeing gains manifested over time from continually showing up to train. You see these gains when you beat your last years’ 15km race time in a casual afternoon training session. Or when “X” used to feel like you were going to die, and now “X” is not so hard any more. It's a beautiful process.


I like rock climbing. Constantly challenging myself and also having fun. I like the technical challenges of the gear and the places climbing takes you. I like being up high and in the incredible views, the sense of accomplishment for bringing yourself there. I like pulling hard and refining my technique. I like applying myself to interesting problems. How to get up that rock face or mountain, seems like a worthy one. There are lifetime's worth of mountains to climb. 

There are SO MANY benefits physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, in having practices to show up continually for yourself, your growth, your work. Training for these activities is a huge part of how I show up for this process in my life. The learning and gains contribute enormously to my ability to show up as an evolving human in the world, for my family, people and creatures that I love, as well directly impact how I am able to show up in my profession for my Clients and my Team.


What’s in Angela’s backpack? 

I have a backpack and a remote 'desk bag'. The backpack is for the sport adventure of the day, the ‘work bag’ is the remote desk and contains:

  • Charger
  • USB dongle
  • Laptop
  • 2 Pens and 1 highlighter
  • Paper notepad
  • ½ Crushed sticky note pack
  • Water with electrolytes
  • Snack Bar + a fruit
  • Dental Floss
  • Spoon
  • Wireless headphones (and probably a half broken pair of corded headphones)
  • Passport - Just in case, and it beats carrying multiple documents.
  • Vitamins - for staying alive and going strong.
Angela Summiting


Books that have mattered to me:

  • The Rock Warrior's Way, Arno Ilgner - All things rock climbing process, and greatly mirrors interpersonal development process. 
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, by Mark Manson - The title says it all. He’s a writer I have followed for years while living in SF. No nonsense approach to life and not deluding oneself. 
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by GReg McKeown - A great book on focus and how to clear away the extraneous to make room for what’s important.
  • Heart Talk, by Cleo Wade- Coffee table book of poetic wisdom on our inevitable humanness and our hearts.
  • Inward, by Yung Pueblo - The back jacket says “true power is living the realization that you are your own healer, here, leader”. The book is filled with such wisdom and poems on multiple subjects.
  • Let my people go surfing, by Yvon Choinard - Yvon Choinard (CEO of Patagonia) is one of the great explorers, he is also a great businessman who has built a business around sustainability, environmental advocacy and protection. We all need to be more like this. I want to learn how. 


Podcasts I’m listening to:

  • The Energy Gang - Follows the leading edge conversation in the transition to renewable energy technology, policy, current events, predictions.
  • Oprah Super Soul Sunday - Inspiration on personal growth and spiritual teachers, writers, ideas, approaches to bettering oneself. I mean it’s Oprah, interviewing spiritual leaders and teachers, what more do I need to say.
  • Joe Rogan Podcast - No B.S. conversations on interesting topics.