Walking down the corridor always ready with a good-humoured smile upon eye contact, that’s Antony, our Senior Product Developer (aka software developer) who was recently promoted. Congrats!
We sat down with Antony to find out his motivations, and some advice he has on what it takes to be a Senior Product Developer in his 7th year in Titansoft. Read on as he shares with us his journey of growth in Titansoft, the time a mistake he made affected almost 2 years’ worth of production data, and most importantly, what keeps him smiling!
Founded in Singapore, Titansoft is a B2B software company currently serving 5 million users from 150 countries. After the introduction of Agile, not only did their turnover rate reduce from 26% to 4%, this year’s (2018) performance growth also increased fourfold and they were selected as one of the “Top Ten Agile Companies in the Asia Pacific”.
“When the Great Tao prevails, the world is shared by all.
The worthy and capable are chosen as leaders, trust is fostered and goodwill is cultivated. Thus, people do not only regard their own parents as parents, nor do they only regard their own children as children. The old are cared for until death, the adults are gainfully employed, and the children are nurtured. Widowers, widows, orphans, childless seniors, the disabled and diseased are all taken care of. Men have their proper roles, and women have their families. While people hate to see a resource thrown away, they do not necessarily keep it for their own use.
Not contributing one’s efforts is abhorred, the same as devoting them purely for one’s own self-interests. Therefore, conspiracies do not thrive; robberies, thefts and criminal activities do not occur. And so, there is no need for doors to be shut.
Ask any Titaner what exactly does a Scrum Master in Titansoft do. And the majority (more than 80%) would answer, “a Scrum Master is a facilitator.” Probe deeper, and you’d get “…of Scrum events!” (Never let it be said that Titaners miss the obvious) Well, as with many things in life such as the tragic case of a Hawaiian pizza with only one measly slice of pineapple, that answer is 100% correct and yet, it is not the full picture. Let me share with you a brief overview of what it is exactly that Scrum Masters do in Titansoft.
Facilitate Scrum events as required
Yes, Scrum Masters facilitate the events in a sprint. Their main responsibility is to be actively “idle” – once the ball has started rolling, to know when to take a step back and let the discussion continue organically. Not all events require the presence of a Scrum Master. Without a Scrum Master, Scrum team members (such as a product developer or product owner) can proceed to take the place of facilitator in sprint planning, product backlog refinement and sprint review.
Daily stand up after daily stand up, sprint after sprint, and now we’re at the end of our internship! Time sure did past pretty quickly, doesn’t it? Flashback to day 1 when we were asked to set our internship expectation, and now in the blink of an eye (or a few more) we have completed the TTS – Titansoft Training System! It is designed to manage the company’s internal and external trainings for all employees, with which administrators can create and assign different kinds of courses to users and users can self-initiate courses.
Promoting collaboration, creativity, and productivity…
…Led by modern agile workspace solutions. Well thought out open offices with design principles aligned to inspire a strong and happy work culture are the new “perfectly kept show house” of the tech world, from the silicon valley to Singapore.
Ample Opportunities for Chance Engagements and Meetings
Yesterday’s water cooler meetings are today’s bean bag area – modern day companies are turning towards the strategic placement of furniture to create social spaces encouraging interaction and engagement (not to mention the chance to do away with that particular, plastic barrel eyesore in a beautifully designed space). People can congregate for quick chats around a bar top table in the pantry, or have spontaneous discussions in the bean bag area, with the casual environment constructed to inspire creative brainstorming. Private areas for quick discussions, or breakout areas, are scattered around the workplace to allow for more privacy or focused collaborative team work. Individuals and interaction over processes and tools, as one of the main values of the Agile Manifesto, highlights the importance of interaction between different members of the team to spur creativity.
A long corridor to encourage spontaneous conversations that no one can run away from.