We need more women trailblazers in tech: Atlassian's Deeksha Sood weighs in
In India, women in tech are growing at a rapid pace with more than 30 percent of tech industry employees now being females, as per a report by 451 Research. However, this percentage declines at senior and leadership positions. “A lot of women don’t pursue leadership roles in tech because they rarely see women in those roles and hence, can’t picture themselves there,” says Deeksha Sood, Engineering Manager, Atlassian while sharing her perspective on the low participation and representation of women in management and leadership roles in tech.
“I too faced this challenge early in my career as I had hardly ever worked with a female leader,” adds Deeksha. “Atlassian really changed that for me. The company has many successful leaders and I get to work with them closely… One of the reasons I joined Atlassian was that for the first time in my career, I was going to report to a female manager. Working with Sonia Parandekar, who is the head of engineering at Atlassian, has been enriching in more ways than one. She’s been a mentor for me right from the beginning,” she says.
Driven by the passion of building scalable products, Deeksha has had diverse work experience. After graduating from IIT Roorkee, Deeksha began her professional career as a senior engineer at Walmart Labs. After working there for three years, she moved to CureFit to get a taste of working in a high-paced startup environment.
“Working at a startup was a good chance to discover the breadth of what I could do,” says Deeksha. “I was able to take things from zero to one, and work through a lot of ambiguity and chaos, and that gave me enough confidence in knowing that I could build whatever I needed with minimal resources. But after that, I wanted to learn how to build things the right way, not just the fast way,” adds Deeksha while stating the reason behind moving to Atlassian.
From individual contributor to leading a team
Joining Atlassian in 2018, Deeksha’s skill set, knowledge, and “desire to truly master her craft as an engineer” paved the way for her steady growth at Atlassian. In a span of three years, she got promoted to the position of principal engineer and then, an engineering manager.