Hackdayz 2019 fun and creativity

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By providing a simulated training environment, games offer developers the ability to manage and fix future complex problems and apply any theoretical framework directly in an entertaining and collaborative manner. These lines perfectly describe our last Hackdayz in Budapest.

In the beginning, I had no idea why the company would invest so much money to get us from three different countries to a fourth. But in the end, I realized the added value for the company and for us.

Play the game and learning will be fun – exceptionally! Indeed, that was the slogan. Our motto these days was: Develop hard, play harder: Having fun with colleagues increases creativity, efficiency and productivity. Imagine that you are surrounded by more than 30 developers who work in 7 different projects that need to be completed in 48 hours. You can imagine how such a virtual training environment would have a positive effect on your performance in the customer area. This way we can take the time pressure off our shoulders if we have to meet a deadline.

Apart from the future benefit at the customer level, my colleagues have shown a very good result for their projects. B. we now have such a nice app for checking in and out of offices instead of the touch ID, now our colleague Amit also has a trading bot app with which he made a profit of $ 10.57.

Needless to say, we refreshed ourselves from an escape game and an enchanting river tour in Budapest.

The bottom line, no matter what I have in the future, no matter how busy I am, I want to repeat such a nice experiment.

Culture exchange and its effect on productivity

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It all started some years ago, particularly in 2014, while I was in behavioural economics session. I heard a quote from my teacher, that I could not first believe. He said that “Culture eats strategy for the breakfast”. This phrase originated by Peter Drucker. Honestly, I did not care about it, and I thought it was just word of mouth, but after all of these years, I just figured out he was two plus two correct, and I totally agree with him. This is the absolute reality, and any company disconnecting culture from strategy are putting their success at significant risk. So you need to define your strategy and ensure that your culture supports it.

Due to globalization, people from various cultures and countries increasing conduct business with each other. Technology may be a temporary solution to enable people to easily connect with people around the world in a moment’s notice, but there are some cultural facts, which technology may not be able to solve.

Let us take our last travel to Macedonia as an example and check its results on tickets time-saving (expected time – time actually spent in the tickets) during a certain sprint and compare it with the time saving of the last sprint and considering the other variables constant not to have a decision about the real productive effect of culture exchange. For the past two sprints, the time saving was ranging between 1% to 1.5%, but currently, it exceeds 4%. This increase in efficiency reflects the rise of communication among workers in Switzerland, Germany, and Macedonia. Needless to say that there may be other factors affecting this increase in productivity, but as mentioned above, we are considering these factors as constant.

Apart from the productivity issue, I kept asking myself a question of why I was so touched by these Macedonian people and their country? Was it the typical smile that covered up the office, I didn’t know yet? The only way to find out is to start communicating with these people to learn more about their world, because their culture, including the way they behave and interact, is so different from ours.

Apart from the people, I really like Macedonian food, as a matter of fact, I gained 2 KG in this short visit. Now you can imagine how tasty the food was, thanks to our Macedonian colleagues for such fantastic hospitality.

It was really a great pleasure to meet friends from afar. In a nutshell, just to finish off our company has 3 different cultures inside it (Swiss, German and Macedonian), and they are all very different in certain aspects, but what our company is trying to do on a daily basis, it tries to take the best of all three and try to merge them into one culture. This is not about crossing the borders… it’s about extending them around us to create a global mindset.

N47 a young company with great potential for developers

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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?

DEMONSTRATES RELIABILITY

You can count on him/her to get the job done and deliver good performance.

COMMUNICATES CONSTRUCTIVELY

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.

LISTENS ACTIVELY

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.

EXHIBITS FLEXIBILITY

Good team players roll with the punches; they adapt to ever-changing situations.

Googliness

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.

My experience with remote interviews

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As a developer, who is recruiting, you always try to find the best fit for the available position in your company. Your goal is to find someone who will fit in the team and make the whole company go forward.

Hi guys, my name is Youssef Idelhoussain, and I’m a Senior Front-end Developer @N47. I remember the day when I got the first task to interview a developer for an open position, during that day I was so stressed as if I was the one who is being interviewed, googling and trying to find the best way to interview somebody by asking around for expert advice. The hilarious thing I hadn’t even eaten all over the day. But at one moment I realized that I should just be myself, and try to find a new teammate. For me, soft skills were always the number one because being a developer is not just about:

Maybe that was in the nineties, but nowadays it’s more like:

More meetings, conferences, talking with people, understanding your teammates, communicating and explaining your point better.

All of the mentioned above is very important, but we should not forget about the most important skills, and that are the practical ones needed for the position. If you say that you are a Senior Front-end Developer, you should at least know the basics of JavaScript, HTML, and CSS… And to test all of these I think I found the best tool, and that’s CodeInterview.

The Tool: Code Interview 👨‍💻💬

What the tool does is very simple: pair programming for interviews, so that you can test the practical skills and the interviewees, test their response to some difficult tasks and test how they manage their stress during solving some tasks.

Pros

  • Live coding
  • The tool supports many languages
  • Live compiling
  • Video & Audio calls
  • Save & Load Snippets
  • Add notes

Cons

  • Still in Demo Mode
  • Paid service

Conclusion

CodeInterview introduces a new way of interviewing in our newly developed society, it has more pros than cons, for me, it gets an A.

I really recommend it to any single company out there, go on and try it out and feel free to comment your thoughts below.