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What back-end Qvikies value in their teammates

Working together and sharing knowledge, diverse people and skill sets, a desire to create functional and delightful solutions, and taking pride in our expertise. Self-organized teams that use agile methodologies. These things help us thrive as teams. We spend most of our time on our customers’ premises, but we also work remotely and at our own HQ, especially on Fridays.

Communication

It’s about what you say but also how you say it. So being friendly and open to discussion is valued among Qvikies. Clear communication, the ability to give and receive feedback, and the courage to ask for help when you need it. Sharing your opinions and giving solid arguments for and against. We also work a lot with non-technical people, so the ability to translate tech talk for them is also important.

A wise Qvikie once said “knowledge doesn’t matter that much if conversation works”

Skills & Learning

Technically speaking, we love to write clean code with good documentation and expect that from our colleagues as well. Our strict code ethic and low-compromise philosophy drive us to do things correctly instead of implementing quick fixes. We are often influenced by new development environments, tools and technologies, so the capacity to learn is essential. While the actual learning happens in the projects, we also want to share our knowledge with each other, e.g. through code reviews, in our tech guilds and with the whole company at our Qweeklys.

Taking responsibility

When working on projects, we take ownership of our work and responsibility for the solutions we are building. We know that shit happens and keeps on happening, which is why we don’t expect anyone to be a superstar, but simply own up to their work, in the good and the bad. “Ownership creates psychological safety in a strange way”, the same wise Qvikie also said.

Being you

While we appreciate passion for the craft, we also like to get to know the person behind it. So being yourself and pursuing your interests is something we value. We have established various company-wide clubs to support Qvikies in their passions outside of work.

“I think we have good team spirit and very talented teammates in our team. Not all of our team members were familiar with the technologies we are using when they started in the project, so it is important to have an interest in learning new things. We make mistakes but learn from each other. We don’t always agree, but we have open discussions about the things we disagree on. It is important to be open to new ideas and feedback (even if it’s negative).”

Olli Paakkunainen

“I appreciate working with people who are easy-going and open-minded, happy to communicate and listen to other team members, but who also offer valuable advice and critique. I believe that anyone with some level of software development expertise, regardless of the language, is a good teammate as long as they feel up to learning some new technologies. This is something I’d expect from myself too as a developer”

Adarsh Krishnan