Author Archives: Jas

About Jas

A Sagittarius who enjoys freedom and believes in self-management when given an open work environment that allows people to unleash their creativity and potential to perform effectively. I'm particularly interested in topics on Agile mindset and Kaizen (continuous learning), which apply to different aspects of life. Oh yeah, I love Yoga and travelling! You can expect articles about inspiring thoughts or stories from my travel experiences and more! Don't forget to drop comments or feedback after reading my posts!

New Insights on 3 Principles That Build a Collaborative Team

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“Oh man, I screw this up. I’m really sorry.”

“I’m not good at this, and can you teach me?”

Do you hear this often from people in your team? Or do you feel comfortable to acknowledge your mistake or weakness in front of your team members?

In my recent readings, I came across some refreshing concepts that gave me new insights about building a collaborative team. The concepts entail three key principles that sound simple but yet powerful for creating an effective collaborative team and cohesive organization culture.  The three principles are Respect, Trust, and Integrity. People often know them in a broad meaning and they often form the core values that many companies may adopt. But, let’s zoom in to see how they apply to actual workplace and translate to collaborative team culture. Continue reading

What does “no min. working hours” mean to you?

Last year, we went through a few revolutionary changes following the adoption of agile methodology of software development, including forming self-organizing teams, making Software Developers’ salary information transparent and self-promotion. At the beginning of this year, we also introduced a fully flexible work arrangement benefit which allows for no minimum required working hours for staff.

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“What?! You are a HR and in a ScrumMaster Course?”

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“We are going to lose our jobs!” a Development Dept Manager joked about it at our monthly management meeting. While I was scratching my head trying to make a sense out of it, he continued, “yea, and our QA Engineers and Software Testers too, if they don’t learn programming!” Continue reading

What Makes Customer Experience Unforgettable?

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It is a well-known fact that Japan provides excellent customer experiences. If you have been there before, you would have impressed by the courtesy of the service staff and the zealous hospitality they show to customers.

Despite having lived in Japan for a year and made numerous trips to the country, there is always something that surprises me every time I visit. During my most recent trip to Tokyo this year, I was surprised by a waiter’s good service at a restaurant that went far beyond my expectation. Continue reading

Are you ready for Self-Management?

Titansoft's Self-Management Progression

Moving from traditional management hierarchy to self-managing teams, do you find yourself more aware of your competencies and contributions? Well, then it makes sense that you are in the best position to manage your career growth! With transparent career progression, it is easy to assess where you are or what you require to progress to the next level. Continue reading

5 Things you need to know about CoP

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#1: CoP is all about passion

Are you a product developer, designer, editor, engineer or in HR? It does not matter because CoP (Community of Practice) is for everyone! This platform allows individuals from cross-functional teams to voluntarily come together for collaborative learning because of their passion or interest in a particular aspect. Continue reading