“ To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk ”
—Thomas Edison
  • Marina Notrima
  • September 12, 2016

Our CEO Hans is developer for a day

Today is National Boss /Employee Exchange Day! It’s a day where people can trade places with other coworkers for a day.
Since we just got ourselves a new CEO, and we are a technology company that employs a lot of developers, software architects and hardware engineers, we thought this presented the perfect opportunity to invite our leader to get a better glimpse into the inner workings of Quby. 

Hans Valk, being an experienced leader in previous consumer and other commercial departments at Eneco, jumped at the opportunity to learn more about what it is like being a developer.

The reason I joined Quby is because I love the entrepreneurial spirit in this company. We are a small team and people are very passionate about creating innovative features. I can’t wait to get a better glimpse of what the teams are doing and to learn more about what makes people tick. This inside view of a more technical perspective will hopefully help to inform some of my decisions about future services we can offer to our customers.

What could be a better way to learn than buddying him up with a partner in development?
Well, we found one: Jaco Koster, an Architect at Quby. He will be Hans’ partner crime for a day, guiding him through the unknown world of coding, architecture and introducing him to other development lingo.

First, Hans is thrown into the deep end, as he joins a daily standup and get’s his hands dirty on the team’s scrum board.

Jaco’s next assignment was to teach Hans some basics in a coding for dummies workshop, and they ended up working on a finished feature.

But we had even more in store for Hans today. He received thorough instructions on agile and scrum development and what it means to work in a lean fashion. 
Hans has soaked up a lot of information throughout the day. He shares his highlights:

It was a great day. I have learned a lot about coding, it is much more complicated than I have ever imagined. I also gained a lot of insight in agile way of working. It is especially useful as I can now think how I can help facilitating the process to help us improve our ways of working.

Now, the idea of the National Boss/Employee exchange day is to actually swap places. We asked Jaco how he would like to swap his Architecture role for a day of being CEO.

I would love to know what is like being the one that makes major decisions in the company and how these are made.

To be continued!