Impact: Laurie is a newcomer to the community but she’s come on with such vigor and commitment that we rarely see from volunteers!
Her impact for community is very big. She helped with usability, providing feedback and suggestions on the design and flow of the user interface. She’s done quality assurance reporting numerous bugs, has made various functional enhancement suggestions and helped to comprehensively think our full suite of documentation and support for using and implementing Mifos.
She is now eager and ready to do much more!
Laurie Wilmot – Vancouver, BC – Canada
Laurie is a licorice enthusiast and person with inexhaustible forces and vigor!
She likes writing software documentation, because this allows she to blend her enjoyment of writing, a high need to know how stuff works, and love of technology.
Her background is information technology in roles such as business analyst, project manager and IT strategist.
She have a big experience with banking systems, in the past Laurie was the Implementation Work Package Manager, responsible for training, documentation, and the two pilot implementations.
Laurie crossed paths with Mifos through the British Columbia Institute of Technology Technical Writing Program.
Laurie’s blend of experience with project management, business analysis, financial services, and technical writing has made her a unique and highly effective contributor to our community.
She has been working on the User Manual for Mifos X.
She accomplishes each task with such diligence and critical foresight into how beneficial this will be for the end user.
Laurie is currently semi-retired and re-inventing herself as a technical communicator.
Advice to Community
I am still very much on the learning curve myself; but, I think a virtual organization like Mifos is dependent on asynchronous communication methods to share / disseminate knowledge. Make sure you leave enough documentation behind that someone else can pick up where you left off.
Impact on the Poor
Candidly, I didn’t seek out this opportunity selflessly, but I am intrigued with the concept and the successful track record of micro-financing. Now that I’ve been introduced, why wouldn’t I be be part of a movement that makes economic betterment a reality? It just makes sense.
Contributing to the Community
- Worked on the User Manual for Mifos X. (include Set up and Configuring Products, Loan Accounts and Transactions, and Deposit Accounts and Transactions)
- Wrote documentation in our user manual
- Helped with usability, providing feedback and suggestions on the design and flow of the user interface.
- Made various functional enhancement suggestions
- Helped to comprehensively think our full suite of documentation and support for using and implementing Mifos.
“I saw a post on Facebook recently that said people don’t quit companies, they quit management. I think Mifos is that in reverse. The people I have worked with (where ever in the world they are) have been wonderful—supportive, appreciative, open. Awesome! It’s addictive.”