What are the main challenges in global IT project? :)

When running global IT project experience in international cooperation is required from a software house. Being able to face the most important challenges related to the successful implementation of such projects is utterly important. But how to do this? We have prepared a list of the five most crucial challenges together with the presentation of good practices that we have tested.

Defining goals

Before you start working at your project, the goals must be set appropriately. This is a key task determining the team’s work at a later stage. Goals can be complex. For example, the creation of a specific software can lead through smaller points (goals), the implementation of which will bring your team closer to completing the project. Contrary to appearances, the process is not easy at all. It is very important for the company, outsourcing the project to the selected software house, to properly determine everything and confirm with the other party. This will improve the subsequent work and reduce the risk of failure or possible discrepancies.

Team matching

This task lies on the side of the software house. After a proper examination of both project needs and customer expectations, Product Owner is responsible for completing the right team of developers. People who have experience in implementation of a similar type of projects have already worked in the international environment and, above all, have competence in the field of technology used. The completed team should be presented to the client. Thanks to this, both sides get to know each other better and increase the common sense of pursuing one goal.

Communication system

International IT projects usually have a large difference in a distance between the client and the software house. Therefore, the entire information exchange and reporting process must be carefully planned. The role of the Product Owner is to prepare an appropriate cooperation scheme, which will then be presented to the client. The Agile approach and the Scrum project management methodology will be useful here. The possible time difference should also be taken into account.

Language differences

International projects require the developers team to know English. This is a prerequisite. Without this skill communication will be significantly impeded. This could lead to unnecessary misunderstandings and delays in the project implementation. The client who decides to cooperate a specific software house should take this factor into account.

Organizational culture

The work system or approach to different values may be slightly different on both sides. Therefore, it is important to understand each other and the willingness to reach agreement and work out convenient work standards. A compromise should be sought out. Both the client and the software house must respect each other’s values related to the organizational culture and thus aim for a jointly defined goal.

You can read more about international projects here:

– https://codesthq.com/quality-in-codest-why-do-we-deny-to-some-projects/

– https://codesthq.com/why-a-great-communication-helps-us-to-grow-fast-and-go-global/

Why Poland is full of qualified Ruby on Rails developers? :)

We have no doubt that Poland is currently one of the most attractive markets in the world, where you can find qualified Ruby on Rails developers. Cooperating with clients every day, we are looking at this trend with quite an interest.  Polish developers are praised not only for their knowledge of this framework, but also for high standards of cooperation.

More and more geeks of RoR

The IT market is struggling around the world with the problem of demand exceeding supply with qualified specialists. Experienced and effective developers are constantly sought after. However in Poland there are quite a lot of them. We have noticed that more and more people are deciding to learn Ruby and its popular Ruby on Rails framework as they see it as a great prospect of development. The exchange of knowledge also comes in handy. The Ruby on Rails geeks community is extensive and appears to be a huge asset of this framework. This comes as quite helpful for developers, primarily when they need to solve a problem.

In addition, the high competences of Polish Ruby programmers should be appreciated. They receive job offers from foreign companies a lot, but a really good situation on the Polish market makes them reluctant to go. In Poland, Ruby developers are truly appreciated. Companies guarantee high earnings and very good working conditions.

Quality

The quality of products created with Ruby on Rails by Polish developers is appreciated all over the world. It is said that RoR programmers in Poland are one of the most developed groups with very high competence and the reasons seem quite obvious. They can combine the capabilities of the Ruby language and the Ruby on Rails framework, creating products based on such features as efficiency, functionality, time efficiency, application width and security. We must also add that Ruby on Rails is probably the best language that allows you to create a product based on MVP (Minimum Value Product) in a very short time. This is a very common solution used by many companies that regularly check and verify the value of their product on the market.

Poland is a great place for outsourcing

Not only the high skills and a wide range of Ruby on Rails developers decide that Poland is perceived as a very good place to outsource. There are also many other benefits, such as cost savings, the ability to cooperate with a customer or ever-growing market. In particular, the first two factors are really crucial from the partner’s perspective. Not only that by creating a product in Ruby on Rails you can be sure of quality and speed, but also software houses in Poland offer very good prices – much lower than in other countries of Western Europe.

Finally, we would like to draw attention to yet another important element – communication. An effective team of developers must be able to communicate effectively with the client to understand their needs and, as a result, create a product that coincides with the expectations. In fact, this is not a simple process at all. That is why it is so important for a software house to have effective cooperation rules, which are best, if confirmed by the recommendations of previous clients.

Recruitment in software houses. Why is so crucial? :)

The IT industry is a very specific market in case of the employees’ recruitment. The process of acquiring a qualified programmer is not an easy one due to a relatively small number of the possible candidates and high demands they set to a potential employer.

The ability to find and then employ such an employee is extremely important from the perspective of a software house. This task is most often addressed to HR departments, which must demonstrate high effectiveness of their activities. Why is this process so crucial? The answer you will find below.

Recruitment in software houses is the basis to maintain and develop a business

If a software house has qualified developers, who demonstrate not only high technical skills, but also experience and soft skills, then you can talk about a complete and professional team. Such programmers are able not only to fulfill their tasks without any complaints, they can also provide the company with an opportunity to develop and acquire new projects.

In this case, the HR department plays an important role, which must meet the demands of both parties – developers and a software house. They should strive to hire a qualified employee, but also a committed one. At the recruitment stage, in addition to technical skills it is important to verify the candidate’s approach to working in a team or international environment.

Maintaining competent employees is the basis for an effective project implementation

In order to provide customers with the highest quality products, it is necessary to guarantee a team of developers, who understand the needs of the product and know how to develop it. In this way, you can be sure of the project and its results. It can be said that this is the basis of building trustworthiness and trust among partners. A well-created product – in line with the expectations of the other party – is also the most credible recommendation and the possibility of continuing cooperation.

Knowledge exchange

The smooth recruitment process ensures constant provision of necessary knowledge and its supplementation. The IT industry is changing dynamically, so developers must keep up to date with all the latest news. Complex teams of programmers, who complement each other with knowledge, is an effective method to guarantee high quality services.

How does it look in practice? A newly recruited member of a team can develop at the beginning of work under the guidance of more experienced employees and acquire the necessary knowledge. On the other hand, such person can bring a new perspective and innovative solutions to the team.

Quality in Codest. Why do we deny to some projects? :)

In the previous articles you could find out, why a great communication in IT project is so important. This time, we would like to talk more about our work at Codest and present our personalized approach to a quality work, which is very crucial for us. To put it in a nutshell – it’s not quantity, but high quality that counts.

Why does the quality work matter?

Our customer’s satisfaction has always been the priority. Codest has been operating for over 10 years on the IT market and at the very beginning it was decided that our work was to stand out from other companies in terms of quality and high efficiency. Nothing has changed since then and it is only due to this approach we can prove our being the best software house that is constantly developing.

The year is coming to an end and that is why we can summarize the completed projects. Once again we have managed to provide a high level of service, reflected by the opinions of our clients and great relationships maintained. They have repeatedly appreciated our approach, emphasizing, that in the case of needs related to the development of software, we will always be their first choice.

Why do we refuse from some projects?

Every month we receive several inquiries from companies that want to cooperate with us. I would like to emphasize that we do not always agree to implement a specific project. It is related to the fact that at first we analyze the availability of our developers and only then we can confirm the readiness to cooperate with a client. We are convinced that this approach puts us in a very good light in our partners’ eyes.

We will never accept a project if our developers do not have sufficient time resources. It is because we pay much attention to their work comfort. We know perfectly well that it is a good idea to organize their working time to be as efficient and effective as possible. This approach influences directly the effects of our projects. Only then we can be sure that our work will be positively evaluated.

Grow fast with high quality

That’s the motto that guides us in Codest. From the very beginning of our activity on the IT market, we have been developing dynamically, cooperating in the meantime with companies from various industries. From startups to large corporations, we want to constantly develop and be proud of successive projects that are a success. And at this point I would like to emphasize once again that the development would not be possible, if it were not for the high quality of work that is always a priority.

Codest is characterized by an individualized approach to each client who can be sure that when we carry out a project we do this with an utmost care. You can stay assured that this approach in Codest will never change.

How did Codest push Yieldbird to Deloitte List? (interview) :)

Once upon a time, there was a market without any AdX Optimization. Then a Yieldbird appeared and changed the reality of many publishers. How did it happen? We talked with Grzegorz Kubrakiewicz, Head of Technology at Yieldbird, who explains, how the cooperation with Codest has made it possible to be listed 16th in Deloitte ‘Technology Fast 50 Central Europe‘.

How was this whole idea born?

– Grzegorz Kubrakiewicz: It all began with Adtaily, which allowed small advertisers like hairdressers or hotels to place their ads on larger portals on regional Gazeta.pl sites. The Adtaily ad network was working with them. In the meantime, Marcin Ekiert and Piotrek Niedziela, inspired by Fredrik, started playing from the publisher’s side with AdX settings and noticed that in this way they were able to make more money with them. It was also related to the fact that all the money on the market in programmatic come from advertisers.

The whole programmatic focused then on the source of money from the buyers’ side, the market was tight, the competition was large. Based on gained knowledge, we created Yield Optimization and for several years we were becoming more and more experienced on many markets.

The next step was an attempt to write a software which will automate and improve all these concepts in two ways: either by automation and increasing the scale, or by using more complex algorithms that will be better than a human.

How did the implementation process work?

It took a bit of time to find a way on how to automate it, get to know the process, the way it works, invent some ways for it and how to tell developers from Codest about it, so that they could produce a tool that creates added value. And then it went like a snowball effect, it spread, we had more and more ideas what to optimize.

Later on we made a whole class of products, i.e. a wrapper which really automated processes such as creating setups for publishers. Setups are constructions that help these publishers increase profits by increasing demand, it required the publisher to install javascript codes, integrate with the site. It was quite complicated, mainly due to the Javascript code which has to be integrated with a website, and not every publisher has their own development resources. A swell as both the language and cultural barrier with the publishers could be quite an obstacle. Therefore, it was clear that we needed Codest to create an easy and user friendly product.

How did the market welcome Yieldbird?

– The publishers’ market, the supplier of advertising space, was quite empty, there were no products dedicated to these publishers. So the idea of optimizing the advertising space worked. The next stage was the idea for a service that will help publishers earn more from the advertising space and exert more pressure on advertisers.

Some welcomed us really warmly, as they really wanted to make more money, but some were very suspicious, or we could not explain them what it all was about. The barrier of understanding is quite large, because it is not an easy or cheap product. Each publisher is in a different situation and a different setup, that’s why our products are cut to measure and grow together with our publishers.

6 skills you need to work as a Project Manager :)

A Project Manager (PM) managing IT projects plays quite an important role and requires appropriate abilities and predispositions. Competences in team management, other people’s work and striving to achieve set goals are the daily duties of a Project Manager. We decided to choose the most important features related to the role of a PM, which should be related to a person in this position.

Tech knowledge is not necessary

A Project Manager in an IT company, contrary to appearances, does not need to have any special knowledge, such as programming skills. One must know the basic issues and be capable to  understanding of how an IT project looks like. In other words – the role of a Project Manager is to understand the processes and specifics occurring in the project, without having to delve into technical details. Such knowledge is more than enough for a good Project Manager. In case any additional technical assistance is required, one can ask a developer for it.

Communication

Communication plays one of the most important roles in the project. This is the basis for the information circulation to run smoothly. As well as it lets all the participants know exactly what their task is. Communication applies to both written and oral forms. The role of a Project Manager is a consistent transmission of information and the ease of establishing contacts. Important features of personality are openness and the ability to build relationships in a team.

Experience

The more a Project Manager has the projects completed, the more their effectiveness and knowledge increases. Having experience is important because it allows you to acquire proven practices and exclude mistakes that in the past were a challenge to the project. In this case, the ability to draw conclusions allowing you to deal with further challenges is important. In addition, attention should be paid to situations related to skillful management of the crisis. During the project, an unforeseen situation may arise, which may be a threat. Among others, the past experience will be an appropriate solution to the problem.

Authority

Leadership features are another ‘must have’ for a Project Manager. In order to manage a team, you need to have authority in their eyes and, most importantly, you must take into account their opinion. Without these capabilities a Project Manager will not be effective. Authority will also help in taking difficult decisions not all team members will agree with.

Negotiation skills

In an IT project, it is not uncommon for certain decisions to be made through negotiations. In this case such skills will be useful for a Project Manager, when one wants to put the opinion on it. They may also come in handy in case of possible conflicts. A Project Manager must take care of good relations in the team, therefore must be prepared for possible negotiations.

Motivation

At the end, the last but not the least. A Project Manager must be involved in a project and demonstrate an attitude that will be an example for the other team members. In this way it will be easier to influence other people and to motivate them to work.

WHY A GREAT COMMUNICATION HELPS US TO GROW? :)

Based on many years of experience in implementing IT projects in Codest, we have developed an effective working system that helps us to create products that meet our clients’ the expectations with the highest efficiency. One of our system’s key elements is a proper communication. Thanks to it, we know how to recognize the needs of our partners and implement projects with high quality.

“First of choice developer”

One of the examples illustrating the way we organize communication with a client is our cooperation with the Yieldbird company. It is a global ad optimization company with a strong background in programmatic ecosystem. Codest’s software engineers have developed an extensive analysis of analytic and growth hacking Yieldbird teams’ needs.

– We have been cooperating with Codest for many years on many projects. We treat Codest as ‘first of choice developer’, as they perfectly understand that such cooperation should be treated comprehensively and very seriously. In IT projects, misunderstandings can lead to huge losses, because the work is relatively expensive and the effect is often not immediately visible. The Codest team pays great attention to ensuring that it understands the issue which will be implemented. Believe me, this attitude pays off in the future – says Grzegorz Kubrakiewicz, the Head of Technology at Yieldbird.

Speed of action

Codest developers had to write a software which would automate and improve concept of AdX optimization in two ways: either by automation and increasing the scale, or by using more complex algorithms that would be better than a human. We managed to get the first software functionalities in a very short time. We have created a working product, which we gradually developed afterwards.

This approach has been met with great customer satisfaction. When he started cooperation, they did not expect that in such a short time they would receive ready-made first functionalities. However, this would not be possible without the proper communication. Before our developers started their work, they had learned the specifics of our client’s industry and its needs in advance. During the project, the client was fully informed of the working progress. Having any doubts or comments, he could pass them on to the project leader.

– I appreciate that Codest pays great importance to the agile methodology. The point is not in their using scrum artifacts or holding meetings. What I mean is that they are trying to organize work on a project in such a way that they actually deliver a product that is working as quickly as possible and then improve it in every subsequent iteration. It was utterly important in case of our project. We must constantly test prototypes, which is why frequent and good communication between us is crucial – adds Grzegorz Kubrakiewicz from Yieldbird.

Lever of success

Many years of experience in the IT industry have allowed us to understand the importance of proper communication in the effective projects implementation. Thanks to this we have managed to optimize the time of work performed by our developers, as well as improve the quality of cooperation with the clients. One of our main assumptions is a quality of work that affects customer’s satisfaction. We are convinced that this approach is desirable to our partners and also leads to the fact that more and more companies want to establish cooperation with us.

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF RUBY? :)

Although such languages as Java, Python or C ++ are still keep the leading positions among programmers, Ruby is growing very dynamically and is gaining new supporters. In 2018 it has got in the top ten of the most popular programming languages in the world.

One of the youngest languages

Ruby is well known in the developer’s community, but relatively less by those who do not have any contact with programming on a daily basis. The reason is that Ruby is one of the youngest languages. Despite this, it is estimated to be actively used by more than 10% of the programmers around the world. One cannot deny the impression that its popularity is constantly growing. In 2018, Ruby has been included to the group of the highest-paid programming languages.

Effective and functional

Ruby owes its publicity to such brands as Twitter, Basecamp, Shopify and Github. It is thanks to this language and its well-known Ruby on Rails framework that these applications were created. This is an example confirming its effectiveness. In the development environment, the language is appreciated for flexibility and a relatively low entry threshold. This means that a novice developer can quickly acquire skills that will allow to create the first products. An additional advantage is the fact that it is generally available (free), and is used in all operating systems – Windows, Linux, or Mac OS X.

Ruby is often used to create web applications that have been noticeably in demand over the recent years. Thanks to the Ruby on Rails framework, you can make a product on the basis of MVP (Minimum Value Product) in a relatively short time. It is about building a product with basic functionalities that allow the customer to verify its market potential. In this way, Ruby opens up the possibility of creating practical functionalities and works well in the implementation of more complex projects.

Our predictions

Currently, there are more than 50,000 vacancies in Polish IT market and this problem affects up to 2 million vacant jobs around the world. Therefore, one should expect further development of the IT industry, and with it – programming languages. Ruby should do well in the competition as it is supported by high quality and effectiveness of implemented projects.

In turn, new developers will appear on the employee market, whose skills will be highly rewarded. Of course, it’s hard to expect that Ruby would be able to become more popular than Java or Python in a short period of time, but we must emphasize the clear upward trend in Ruby. In addition, customer satisfaction works for its benefit and this seems to be the best advertisement.

 

HOW TO CREATE A MARKETPLACE? CHECKLIST :)

If you are thinking about creating your own marketplace, you need to know that if you want to be successful, you should get ready for it. Details can lead you to either success or failure. We’ve decided to help you with the matter and create a checklist, in which we’ve included all the most important elements that you should remember about creating your own marketplace.

1st stage

Start. Before you start working on your marketplaces, you should learn as much as possible about its principles. It will allow you to understand the way it works and to define your product accurately. Remember that the basis is always a good idea. You should check whether there is a similar marketplace on the market. Try to fill the gap – then you will have a better chance of success. At the end of this stage you will have to do one of the most important tasks – to determine the business model.

2nd stage

Building. A very popular method is to create an MVP (Minimum Value Product) product. The idea is not to waste too much budget unnecessarily, and at the very same time to test the functionality of the product. You should provide the selected users with an opportunity to test your marketplace. This will give you a valuable feedback and you will know what is there to be improved. Remember that to find the most effective solutions you should run a lot of tests.

At this stage you will need to establish a cooperation with developers who will create a marketplace for you. Think about what company you would like to outsource. You will also choose the technology which will serve a basis for the future marketplace to be created. Searching for optimal solutions, consider a Software as a Service Marketplace. This is a frequently used way to run a marketplace while maintaining cost efficiency.

3nd stage

Implementation. When the marketplace is ready and you have verified that there is a market demand for it, it is time to start operating on the market. At the very beginning, check the first effects of your activity. Monitor, analyze and learn customer behavior. Thanks to this you will understand your needs even better and you will be able to adapt the marketplace to the needs of recipients. Do not forget about the marketing operation. Even the best product must be suitable to sell. Good advertising will certainly help you achieve even better results.

Summary

The three stages that we have presented in this article should explain what activities are to be remembered when creating a marketplace. The whole process is often difficult and complicated, so you’ll probably need specialist’s help. It is extremely important who you decide to cooperate with, as an effective and reliable partner will help you achieve the expected results.

IS A BUSINESS PERSON NECESSARY IN TECH TEAM? :)

Many companies starting cooperation with software house have big concerns related to the smooth flow of communication. The environment of developers and people working in the IT industry has a very technical knowledge and skills, which is why they can not be surprised by the clients’ doubts about transparent and understandable cooperation during the project

Our experience

In this case, the Scrum project management methodology and one of its elements – the team of developers headed by Team Leader – comes in handy. Team Leader is the one in charge for cooperation with the client and, together with the team, determines the course of project work. One of the main tasks is to make sure that the model of cooperation between the client and software house runs without any objections, and both sides are on the same wavelength.
Team Leader is a specific person who may be a part of a team of developers, but they may not be familiar with any programming language. They must have competences that allow to manage the team and control the project work. The development of IT products requires complete understanding of the client’s needs and the effective the working schedule.

Clear communication

– At Codest, we pay great attention to the quality of cooperation with our clients. Before we start the design work, we precisely define the principles of our communication, and the client can get to know a team of developers who will work on the development of their product. As a Team Leader, I make sure that all the technical issues are clear to the client. In a way, I am an information link that allows you to understand the needs of both parties – the client and developers. This greatly improves our later work – says Tomasz Szkaradek, Codest Team Leader.

The role of Team Leader in IT projects is particularly important. The development of a given product, or even a single functionality, often requires weeks of work on the developers’ part. Therefore, it is important that before the beginning of the project all work and project objectives are clearly discussed with the client, as due to this you can avoid later misunderstandings and minimize the risk of failure.

– I can say with full conviction that our existing customers have very positively assessed our workshop. I am convinced that, among the other strong points, this is the effect of a proper communication. We know exactly what our partners expect from us and we are able to communicate with them in a mutually understandable way – adds Tomasz Szkaradek.

So, is a business person necessary in a tech team? In our opinion, they definitely are. Being a very important role in any team of developers, they not only organize all design work, but also care about the high quality of communication with the client, ultimately contributing to a complete success.