In the beginning of July we organised our first N47 Meetup in Macedonia. We spent 3 full days together eating, drinking and exploring (especially Lake Ohrid 🏊♂️☀️) this lovely country! Besides that, we also had to celebrate our newly built office in the city center of Skopje 🎉🥳 with a nice office warming party!
As a worker of an IT company, I took a moment of thinking and asked myself, why no company, no matter what budget it has, hires only senior employees or in our field only senior developers. This is a question, which I kept asking myself for days and days. But, a couple of weeks ago, I may have found an answer in one book Friends & Foe, when to cooperate, when to compete and how to succeed in both which was written by Adam Galinsky and Maurice Schweitzer. They found that too much talent in the company creates a reverse correlation with the efficiency of the team. But, to understand this explanation we need to see an example outside of our working field.
As a big Real Madrid fan, I took a moment of thinking after a disaster season of Real Madrid, I compared the results of 3 different teams of Real Madrid. When the team was an all-star team, they have not achieved trophies in comparison with the value of players the team has e.g. Zidane, Figo, Owen, and Ronaldo.
While the team was a one-star team led by C. Ronaldo, they achieved more trophies. And now without stars, the team achieved a disastrous season.
In 2014, a research was made by 5 researchers, one of them is Adam Galinsky, about association for psychological science with a title too much talent effect. Studying the effect of a number of talented players and team performance and results. 37% of the sample size indicated that the team will perform better when the talented players are more. But, by looking at the results of the team, there is a difference. By looking at the teams result in the World Cup 2014, it was found that there is a positive direct relationship between team results and talents in the team until a certain point. Once this point is reached there is a negative direct relationship between talents and team results. This study was not just on football teams, it is extended to basketball teams, e.g. Miami Heat, they got in 2011 Chris Bosh and Lebron James, and they have already Dwyane Wade, to make a Dream team.
But they lost the final in the same year. In the next year, Wade and Bosh got injured and they won the cup in that year and Lebron James became the superstar inside the team and the study stated that the main reason of this win was the decrease of the talents in the team and this talent isolation was the main reason of the win.
With this study we can conclude that by having no or low talents, the team will lose and by increasing the talents too much, the team will also lose. As by increasing talents, coordination decreases and competition increases. And now let us apply the same case to the companies. You may ask me why by increasing talents, the employees have more cooperation, the answer is included in the book Friends and Foe. The book is based on scarce resources e.g. if you have a chance in working to improve your position, that means that there is no opportunity for other teammates to improve their positions. So by increasing talents, competition increases and coordination decreases. Teammates become opponents.
I hear some people telling me that MSN in Barcelona succeeded in 2015 and in NBA we see all team stars e.g. Warriors in 2018-2017 that include Klay Thompson, Durant and Green. So what we can understand that there are some other reasons that affect team performance. And may cause too much talent not there in all cases. But these reasons, the study did not care about because it is hard to be measured via numbers. So we still have a mystery in how it is gonna affect the performance of the companies.
So, in order to avoid this mystery, our company N47 started not only to hire qualified workers but also to apply internal development and education for them, by sending them to different conferences to different countries. e.g. this year 2019 our colleagues are going to 13 different countries to attend different conferences. This internal development will increase the efficiency of the team along with increasing the cooperation among them via spoiling what the employee has learned in the conference to his colleagues.
In a nutshell: It is not just the personal characteristics which define he can cooperate or compete with his colleagues, it is also his company strategy.
It is sooner or later in life to think about a profession 💼 and about the company in which you want to practice it. Either you’re out of education, you’ve just finished your studies 🎓 or you’re already working, but you need a new challenge.
In our industry -IT services 💾 – where software/web developers play the biggest role, there are, according to several studies, the key features for developers to enter a company.
Based on Stackoverflow’s Developer Survey in 2016, we picked the most important expectations of the developers for their company and made them a guide. We have divided these into 5 levels.
1st Basic requirements
- Salary 💶: Every developer knows his value in the market, so we value him and give him what he deserves.
- Respect: Dealing with each other in the company, as well as with customers on site are the nuts and bolts for us and are treated with the highest priority. Unfortunately, there are still companies in the 21st century where bullying plays a big role.
- Competencies: Our employees are encouraged to expand their know-how, which plays the most important role in IT. We live in the technology age, in which permanently new programming languages, frameworks, etc. come on the market. There is no time to lay on the lazy skin.
- Social bonding: We are a team and that goes beyond all locations. It is very important to pursue common goals. In this case, you will not be treated alone, but in the team and no matter which location you are involved with.
- Support: Every employee is considered as a family member, so that operational issues are discussed and addressed in retrospectives, in addition, private matters also find an open ear. You can just click on the management to get support for private affairs.
2nd Lunar effect 🌚
- Operating System: We do not tell anyone what OS to work with. Everyone should be able to decide for themselves with which they feel comfortable.
- Computer specification 💻: It is very important to have fast computers as a developer. One should use his time effectively and not straining with slow devices his nerves.
- Software 📀: Additional software, e.g. IntelliJ, WebStorm, etc. needed is of course provided by the company.
- Noise Level 📢: Many employees complain about excessive noise levels. To spare our employees, our premises are in fairly quiet locations.
- Workplace: Of course, ergonomic chairs, monitors, keyboards, etc. are provided.
3rd Main motivators
- “Tough Nuts”: With us, you have to face up to new challenges, so that work does not become routine and thus boring.
- Further education: In order to keep up to date his know-how, we offer each teammate the possibility to attend trainings, conferences, workshops and the like. Through our blog, you can see in which different countries and conferences we have been.
- Recognition: You want to be praised for your work and you get that praise from us.
- Interesting projects: We work for different clients and projects so that a lot of variety is required. Boredom, routine are foreign words for our working world.
- Confidence: Confidence in employees and leaders is a lost character trait. Most companies are only concerned with competition among employees. This has no chance in our company. We trust each other and treat everything confidentially what concerns our employees.
- Relax spots: Either take a break in front of the Playstation 🎮, Nintendo or use the couch for a nap 💤.
- Foosball table ⚽: In our office, there is a foosball table for professionals. Of course, beginners are allowed to play as well.
- Fitness: A small room with fitness equipment, even a treadmill is available for everyone. It is also allowed to enter the office 7/24 🕖.
- Food: Tasty coffee ☕, soft drinks 🥤, sweets 🍫, water 🚰 and fruits 🍇🍌🍉 are always free for the team. Enjoy it.
- Team events 🥳: At least twice a year, all employees of the 3 locations 🇩🇪🇲🇰🇨🇭 come together. We work 👨🏻💻👩🏻💻, dine 🥘 and have fun 🎉 together. The upcoming event is in Macedonia 🇲🇰 in July, the previous one was in Switzerland 🇨🇭, let’s see where the next one will be. In addition, events take place at the 3 locations, for the specific staff onsite. Of course, the ticket 🛩, accommodation costs 🏩 and meals are paid 💰 by the company.
- Lunch 🍴: Every 14 days we choose one restaurant to have lunch together. Of course, this is also paid 🤑 by the company.
After writing so many positive points ➕ about our company it’s time to list the negative points ➖…
I really tried to find some, but I did not find anything!
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.Edson Arantes do Nascimento (Pele)
Deeply honoured by the pleasant and heartfelt invitation of our esteemed colleagues from the South East European University in Tetovo, we are pleased to take part in their Career Day in 2019.
But the biggest honour is the point and the moment when you are representing your company at the auditorium and the audience, especially more weight adds in this when you are doing that in front of the students, the future and potential candidates for employment and key factor of making the progress in this segment of our working process.
At the entrance to the University pleasant surprise. Although the day was looked like autumn time, clouds, rain, much less like it was in autumn in late October, but it’s April.
But again it was not a problem for the huge number of visitors to the event. The huge parking space in front of the central university building, packed to gather all the guests and participants of the event, it was completely full to the max.
The hall where the event was held, crowded, visitors, presenters, students and guests, photographers, cameras and even tv crews.
Wonderful atmosphere, pleasant and positive experiences, wonderful discussions, presentations to the guests and interested students.
The greatest pleasure is, of course, the moment and honour when you represent your company in front of the outside world and you are familiar with the scope of activities you are dealing with, work and spend your time, but also the idea, the plan and the strategy how it is developed and where it is targeted to act the company in the coming period and in the following years.
Even greater satisfaction is the interest of young students who want and seek practice, their knowledge and the first steps in the software development, programming and digitization segments.
“The purpose of organization of this Fair is to show that the University is very interested to hear the voice and demands of companies. We are very pleased that our academic product is very important for companies and this is evidenced by the massive participation of companies in this Fair. The Career Centre data show that in terms of unemployment of 22% in the state level, over 60% our newly graduated students are employed” – said the Rector of the University in his speech at the opening of the Day.
The Fair was attended by over 80 well-known companies from the country and generally belong to the private sector, but the public sector was present as well, where many educational institutions and non-governmental organizations participated.
Lots of positive talks, good conversations with students, a lot of them wants to be part of our team, internship or later to be employed and regular part of the crew.
The rain outside, but warm sun inside, pleasant, good atmosphere, warm talks and positive attitude.
It’s really nice to be part of this Day, we all hope that the number of this kind of visits till the end of this year and next year will x10 and also the number of students we meet x100.
Our goal and representation of our company here is done and we are fully satisfied!
Our company is established from techies 👨🏼💻 for techies 👩🏼💻 and therefore we love ♥️ technology. This passion brings us always forward 🏃🏿♂️to learn the latest technologies and keeps us hungry for solving also our own issues with some cool 😎 and fun-making technologies 🤩.
To be an attractive technology focussed employer
A simple agency lifestyle with working on preselected technologies from clients for a long period can (and will) be boring 😕 for every technology enthusiast. 🧝♂️ To keep everybody on a high level of motivation 💪🏻, we think a company has to develop his own spirit and in our case, these are solutions with the latest frameworks, technologies, languages, gadgets,…
How not to waste time and money?
But in agency life is hard to reserve some resources 💰 just for a playground 🎮 or disposable products. Therefore you will need a setup, where you transform the need for discovering 🔍 new areas and costs 💰 into an intelligent investigation 🤑. By this frame, we decided, that every outcome of our playground should result as a standalone solution either for our company or as a resealable product. By doing this, our new unit LABS 🧪 and researchers 👩🏼🔬👨🏻🔬 are born.
How our unit LABS are working?
In LABS 🧪 we get in the first touch with latest technologies and for sure we will face with all the issues ☄️, problems 👮🏻♂️, bugs 🐞, challenges 👨🏼🎤 and we learn a lot about the bad sides of new technologies. If we overcome all this problems and troubles 🧗🏿♂️, we move this new technology from our #playground to #weStandFor, which means that we are that good in that new technology and faced and solved all issues, that can occur. Now we are ready and stand for the latest technologies! 🏆🥇
Thus, the outcome of an e.g. 3 months focus in LABS is a great knowledge about a brand new technology and a gorgeous new product or solution. I think we can be proud of both! 👏🏻👏🏻
To manage this pipeline from playground 🎮 to the output ✅ we set up a backlog with great projects. Everybody in our company is free to add some projects to our backlog and come up with ideas 💡. In this accelerator program, we decide the sustainability and the potential of this suggested project 📊 and evaluate the sexiness of the technologies 🙀. If we all agree with this internal pitch we plan and start having work and fun! 🥳
What does this mean for our partners and clients?
With our LABS unit, we can offer you an overview and solutions by using the latest technologies 👩🏼💻, which can give you more security 🔐, to be an early adaptor 🥇 on your specific market or even save money 💵!
What does this mean for our techies and applicants?
At N47 you have great development possibilities 📈 and learn always new technologies. You are not stuck into a technology for years 🤷🏼♂️, that you miss new things. In our LABS unit and also with our Hackdayz you have the opportunity to develop awesome products and contribute a great environment for yourself and your teammates. Join us today in Zurich 🇨🇭, Konstanz 🇩🇪 or Skopje 🇲🇰.
Yes, this is exactly what you think from reading the title, in the next few paragraphs I am going to talk a lot about N47, not because I am an employee there and I have to, but because I am in love with the company I chose.
It all started when I decided that working in a big company doesn’t give me the joy that I want out of my professional life. If you spend 8 hours/day at work, it makes sense to find somewhere where you’ll feel like home, where you can develop & improve yourself professionally and personally ;).
I remember the day that I came to N47 for an interview and the first thing I heard in that interview was,
We are here to help you be the best & achieve your goals.Fatih Korkmaz
I was like REALLY, that day I knew that this is the one for me. N47 as a company doesn’t search for geniuses, we search for team players because even if you don’t have the best players in the world, you can be the best as a team, and these guys are living proof of that:
What defines a team player?
You can count on him/her to get the job done and deliver good performance.
A team player speaks up and expresses his/her thoughts and ideas clearly, directly, honestly, and with respect for others and for the work of the team.
Good listeners are essential for teams to function effectively.
SHARES OPENLY AND WILLINGLY
Team players are willing to share information, knowledge, and experience. They take the initiative to keep other team members informed.
Good team players roll with the punches; they adapt to ever-changing situations.
Now that we know what a team player is, let’s have a look at the company, I always call N47 Mini Google, because we have the Googliness.
Googliness means being focused, and striking a balance between short-term and long-term objectives. Being proactive. Google’s Code of Conduct says “if something is broken, fix it.” But being proactive also means anticipating moves ahead of time so to take action preemptively.
We can all agree that nobody can work for 8 hours straight, everyone needs a pause, for this, we have a lot to offer from space with PlayStation, Nintendo, foosball table, snacks, drinks, small gym…
More we are also open 24/7, you can come here on weekends study, chill on the terrace, grill…
Now that we talked about what defines a team player? how does N47 look like? And what we are searching for? What are you waiting for?
Contact us as fast as possible and get yourself a place in our train to achieve greatness.
Who is Saygin Yalcin?
Saygin Yalcin was born in simple conditions in Bremen 🇩🇪 and after his studies, he moved to Dubai 🇦🇪 with a single backpack 🎒 but with a goal a vision to become a successful entrepreneur. 🤔 And he reached his goal! 💪🏻With sellanycar.com and a big deal (
What do we get out of the conference?
In 2019 we established a new unit in our company called LABS. 🧪 Because as a
What are our expectations?
Our expectation is to have also the view outside the daily B2B. To motivate our teammates to go for the next thing and to show that as a digital agency we are ready to change the world. To make simple manual processes automized and to have a bigger vision than just implementing tickets. Technologies are a tool to create awesome solutions and we want to create awesome solutions for businesses but also for people.
When: 📅 Sa. 11. May 2019 19:00 – 23:00 MESZ
Where: 🏢 Hugenottenhalle, 63263 Neu-Isenburg
Travel: Drive to Frankfurt by car 🚗 – not a big deal
Price: 99 EUR 💵 per ticket
Want to meet there? Just contact us.
After more than 6 years this will be my first conference. This time as a guest. I remember well the moments of my presentation in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2013. Stressful experience, a lot of sweat, with my suit that was one number larger than it should be. That was 2013 and the topics were economics and management. Now I’m an experienced iOS developer and going to Berlin for a conference that should give me new ideas for personal development, but also to give me
The venue of the UIKonf is RADIALSYSTEM V in Berlin.
From 26-29 May 2019 in Berlin, some serious iOS developers will come from big companies that will present their experiences in the iOS World.
The motto of the conference is simple:
“UIKonf is an independent conference for serious iOS developers”
For this conference, the organizers decided to have only female speakers. All will come from big companies and with big experiences. We have female iOS developers who work or worked for Uber, Slack, LinkedIn…
The travel expenses are the cheapest for this conference viewing from my perspective. Fortunately, we Macedonians have direct flight connection to Berlin. The cost is around 150€.
The ticket to attend the conference costs 539€.
They are also offering free tickets to members of underrepresented groups in tech (this includes disabled people and generally people who are unable to attend without financial assistance).
The accommodation is something that is not completed from my side. The hotels near the conference building costs around 100€ per day.
This conference has an excellent organization.
The first day 26 May is the day for social meetings, time for visiting places in Berlin, acknowledge the other attendants and will finish with a kick-off party where the people will take their badges.
Next two days 27 and 28 May are the days when the speakers will expose their presentations. 30 minutes per presentation with question and answers part of the end of each presentation.
29 May is the last day. This is unofficial part of the conference and the people can meet with the sponsors, dissect code problems in lab sessions with experienced experts, signup for a workshop or just hang out and code with new friends.
I have big expectations. The names of the speakers, their experience, the companies they worked for are guarantees for something big and something good.
I’m going by myself and expect to meet new people, make new friendships, share experiences.
Berlin as a city is something new for me. I had heard very good things
With the correct size of my suit this time – it should be a good experience in my life.
On our website, you can find a lot of information about what we are doing, what our expertise is and how we can help to solve your problems. But we also want to let you look behind the scenes: Therefore, on our culture site, you can have a look what we are currently doing in behind, what we want to achieve and how we want to care about ourselves, our employees, too. And when we play with open cards anyway, maybe it’s interesting to you how it all began and how we came until here. Our vision is to be a company in a glasshouse. 🏢
So, here we go – this is our story
It started when we were still students 👨🏻🎓 at the University of Constance Germany. We started to work on tiny little projects 🤓, doing things like a website for a barbershop or a little online shop. The first projects were just some hundred bucks worth – but we were proud of it 😎! With our first income, we started to open our first “office” – ok, it was more like a garage 🚗 or basement. But we started to get entrepreneurs, got some new projects, something bigger and it worked quite well, so we were able to hire our first employee in 2015 and moved into a “real office”, the starting shot for us to grow. Since it was clear to us that we want to have our
In 2016, we were grown to 6 employees, at this stage, we saw that we could need some support, some manpower but also seeing how difficult it was to find developers, so we started to get our first experience with offshore companies🌏. And, as we took the entrepreneurship in, we thought ok, why not establishing our own company in another country: So, therefore we opened an office in Skopje Macedonia 🇲🇰 with just one employee at first. You can read more about it in our blog post: IT nearshore in Skopje: Turning Fail Story to Success Story.
In 2017 we made it grow up to 12 people 💪🏻, thanks to the University and Fachhochschule in Constance, where we found some very talented developers helping us to grow. But by becoming a bigger team we also had to deal with different challenges: How to deal with the growing administrative work, financial stuff, management and things like that? How to reach the next level into professionalization and therefore make some decisions: How should we go on with our company in Skopje? Close it or invest in it? How should we handle our opportunities in Switzerland?
Lots of topics, one after another. To focus on our core business, we externalized our finances 💰 and some of the
As the topic of nearshore/offshore gets more and more important, we decided to go on more professionally and started to hire a Store Manager in Skopje. We followed up on this on a separate blog post IT nearshore in Skopje: Turning Fail Story to Success Story. but without telling too much, our manager did a great job so far and built up a team of professionals very very quickly.
In September 2018 we also founded our office in Switzerland 🇨🇭. Our goal here was to work for clients in Switzerland, have seniors near the clients, architects or lead developers who can take over the responsibility for conception and realization of projects and also organize and delegate work to Germany 🇩🇪 or Skopje 🇲🇰.
In the 2nd half of 2018 with the fusion to N47 AG, we got two very experienced guys on board and made a big step to expand our expert know-how and follow our ambitious goals – growing in manpower but also in culture, together as a seamless team, as an IT agency.
How we will do this in 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣9️⃣, what our goals are and how we want to achieve this will be shown and documented on our culture site. Stay tuned…
How everything began…
Everything had started when I was looking for a company where I could write my bachelor thesis. Although you have plenty of choice of companies, especially in Stuttgart and the surrounding area, but it also had to fit with the topic. Like so many choices in life, I also wanted to make that decision with my friends. As a result, N47’s offer was to write about the topic: Evaluating open-source and commercial e-commerce solutions.
That was also the beginning of my journey in the N47 world.
Hiatus of one year…
After graduation 🎓, I took a break and travelled 🚗 with my family 👨👩👧👧 around the world 🌍 I think anybody can put himself in my position. After years of school and university, a hiatus is an obligation especially when you are already married and have children.
It was also the opportunity to spend time with my two little girls 💞.
During this time N47 had developed further and already pulled some small orders ashore. This was also
Initially, I did an internship, where I did some content management tasks. After the internship, I worked as a freelancer for N47 and served as a test manager. After a few months, everything became more serious, so I took a permanent position and spent a long time doing my test manager activity.
N47 became more and more successful and it was time to get new employees on board. Now my role changed to Team Leader, where I took responsibility for the newbies. Furthermore, I was also on the road as an HR manager 👨🏻💻 and I was doing all the tasks that had to be done in this regard. Including recruiting new people: writing job advertisements, publishing on various platforms, as well as at universities around, conducting interviews with candidates and looking after all the processes that were in connection with employees.
I took Yum! Brands CEO Greg Creed’s following sentence to heart: Take the job no one else wants to do, so I mastered all the challenges that a start-up entailed. The world in a start-up is not like in a large concern, where you can expect organization and structure. You have to build up everything from scratch and thus not to be good to do tasks which no one else is ready to do.
What I enjoy(ed) the most…
Most interesting in my journey were the business trips to Skopje 🛫🇲🇰 and workshops we managed with the management board in various countries 🌏. We literally locked ourselves up for a few days and worked daily for over 1⃣6⃣ hours. The goal has always been to become more successful. In other words:
- How does N47 become more attractive to developers?
- What do we have to change or make additional, so that employees will be happier to be part of the
- How does N47 become a big competitor in the IT services sector?
Looking back now, I realize how proud we can be of what we’ve all reached together. We are now represented in 3⃣ countries (Germany 🇩🇪, Switzerland 🇨🇭, Macedonia 🇲🇰). We are a team with more than 2⃣5⃣ members and serve several major clients in Switzerland🇨🇭.
The show must go on…
The challenge is not yet finished. We continue to fight 🥊 since our goal is to become an attractive employer and get cool/interesting/challenging projects in the IT sector 👨💻 in near future.