Building a good, warm relationship with developers is crucial, both when it comes to in-house or extended teams. Communication shouldn’t zero-in on discussing work things only. There’s a lot of soft factors around the core business that also affect the end result. Teams that treat each other like friends, teams that engage in genuine, informal chats (about hobbies, for example), compliment each other, participate in team-building activities and share happiness-increasing internal culture which, effectively, adds grease to any processes they pursue. All these soft factors affect how smoothly we can cooperate on the hard tasks, how easily we’re able to sync on important questions. We asked some of our developers to recount their coolest moments concerning cooperation with international clients.
Robert Gres, Middle Web Developer
“There is one thing that is exceptionally cool about my clients. Actually, it is inherent to all Swedish people. They have their priorities right. They know that work is just work, so they are chilled about it and don’t let it loom over their personal lives. And they show real understanding when it comes to our work-life balance. It creates very comforting and encouraging working atmosphere, which I appreciate.”
Atmosphere of friendliness
Yevhenii Kriuchko, Content Management Team Lead
“During my first year our client invited us to Sweden to get to know each other better. Before we set off, they sent us t-shirts, hoodies, hats and Swedish books—all branded, naturally, but still looking cool. We were overwhelmed with such a warm welcoming. But even that was not the end of the story. They took us to the Vasa museum—the one where sunken ships rest. So there we were, wearing new hoodies, holding onto our new books and staring at giant remains of formidable ships—that was amazing!
But I would say that all those things are not as important as the atmosphere of warmth and friendliness inherent to all our meetings with the client. I mean hoodies and t-shirts are cool of course, but I feel more moved by the way they congratulate me on any occasion—my birthday, my wedding and so on. It proves that presents are only material embodiment of genuine concern and support we enjoy from our clients.”
Artem Utkin, Senior .NET Developer
“Our clients nurture us in an intellectual way. Every couple of months they organize hackathons in Malmö for all team members. The next one will be about machine learning and it’s really exciting to be a part of it.”
Ivan Lebediev, Software Developer
“My clients are young, enthusiastic and energetic people full of different awesome ideas. They have a dream to make it to Chernobyl and to stand at the shield of Mother Motherland (which is a giant statue in Ukraine). They also have a dog in the office, which is pretty cool. We have a good tradition of exchanging national treats. They send us traditional Swedish food, we send them Ukrainian food. So it’s like an evergoing international turnover of good food to keep us all full and happy.”
Vitalii Utkin, Front-End Developer
“I’d say that the coolest thing our client are doing constantly is their amazing project management. They treat us like we are a part of the family. Once they invited us to Sweden. Of course, we accepted the offer and set off, expecting to stay at hostel or something. Imagine how astonished we were, when we found out that we are staying in the best suit of the best hotel in Gothenburg. We felt like kings. And then these guys showed up and taught us to play Shuffleboard. So this stay in Sweden didn’t feel like your typical business trip. It was like we came to visit our old friends…and do some work, of course.”
What about your coolest experience with your team?