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How has our ”normal” been?


Over a year now, we have all been struggling with our own endurance with the common goal that the whole world, and we, can go back to normal.

Throughout this time we as a company have tried, and sometimes failed, to see things from the bright side. If we can’t meet in person, we can find a way to meet online. If we as leaders can’t be close and see our employees, we can find a way to communicate anyway….We say that we were born in the clouds and that we’re used to work distributed and that is true in many ways. Just not under this long time, and we don’t intend to not see people in real life. Human interactions can’t be replaced.
When you’re meeting online or over the phone, it’s really hard to see the small signs and to catch differences in voices, facial expressions of feelings or moods.

So for us this has been working Ok, but not more. We’ve lost the track of some, in the shadow of being online, fooling ourselves that we still are connected. And in some sense the time has been moving really fast, and in some cases really slow and either way. It has been like this for a really long time now. And sometimes it’s been hard to remember the normal state that we had before all of this. The normal state for us is joint Friday lunches, where we all move in a lemming train over town aiming for the chosen restaurant. Have vivid discussions over a meal, where we try to solve large and small problems, or just have a laugh. This was the time to catch up with both our assignments and our private life.

It is also our TIQQE fridays where you team up or go single or don’t go at all, on something that you find interesting or that you get energy from doing. From the few ones we had the time to do before covid striked, our design of hoodies were made and our coach-bot Alejandro were created. And on our yearly kick-off we set the company’s goals for the year together, such as how many lunch’n learns should we have, what’s our percentage goal for diversity etc. 

With that being said, it’s soon summer vacation for most of us – a time to reboot and recharge.Thank you all TIQQErsfor persevering, waiting for the world to get back on its feet. And I for one really look forward to the fall where we can slowly go back to OUR normal state, being in the office – being part of laughter and discussions. Or just the feeling of being part of a crew. For real.

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TIQQE LIONESSES


Agenda 2030 has put together an equality index from 2019 by looking at 51 indicators for 14 of the 17 official Global category goals for sustainable development. 129 countries in the world were compared on a scale from 0 to 100. The higher the value, the more gender equality in the country. Denmark holds the highest ranking and Tchad the lowest. Sweden came in third place. So with that great numbers, will every woman in Sweden be content, happy and feel secure in any industry?

After 30+ years in the IT-industry, I would say no. In this blog I will generalize a bit, but you will get the picture. In 2017 #meetoo hit the world like a bomb. Everyone was shocked over the behaviour of quite a few men. I know that I discussed it with a friend of mine, who like me started in the industry around the late 90s. We put some thought into “have we ever felt used”? Or, “have we ever been treated without respect”?

The short answer is that of course we’ve been used and treated disrespectfully over the years, and faced tricky situations when you really don’t know how to react or respond to comments or behaviour. We have the advantage of being pretty strong in our beliefs and faith in our own capacity. Also, we’ve seldom been afraid of saying NO. I think this was , and is, a very important movement. But what do you do when society and your own thoughts still put extra pressure on you, just because you’re a woman? It’s not an actual person, it’s years and generations putting a norm for how we should behave, act and express ourselves. And why do we take upon ourselves to do and accept things that’s not ok, because we think that we have to?  I see this all the time, in my daughters, young women at work, or any women for that matter. We sometimes take the world upon our shoulders, thinking that everything is our responsibility even if it means that we have to compromise with our feelings or beliefs. 

Every time we succeed. We are grateful. Grateful for being lucky, for other people that let us step in, for someone that believed in us. But we are rarely grateful for our own knowledge, capacity or strength. What I also see is that a woman’s success is never about luck, or that someone else is “giving” her the space, it is always hard work, frustration and capacity beyond what can be expected from any person. 

That’s why I started #TIQQE-lionesses. It’s an internal group where all women that are employed by us are members. The goal with the group is for us to build trust among us and grow with the motto that “weakness is a good thing”. The more personal we dare to be, the more we will actually get to know each other. The more we will trust, understand and support each other. I held the first session a couple of months ago and we set the structure for how to do this together. We’re meeting once a month, doing things together that we’ve on our to-do list. 

For now it’s an internal thing, but we also think that there might be a time when we invite other women outside TIQQE when we feel ready for it. And I can tell you already, this is a kick-ass group. Brave, smart, fearless and really really fun to hang out with. So if you ever get the chance to join, don’t hesitate to do it. The worst thing that can happen is that you get more friends.

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Halftime and time for vacation


We are soon heading into the second half of 2021, Time has really flown by and many new memories have been created. Thank you to all employees, customers and partners who have supported us beyond imagination.

Usually at the start of every year we gather all our employees and together set how we work towards our vision; we do this on a yearly basis because the world changes and we are welcoming many new friends to TIQQE which leads to that we together have more perspectives to create a community we all want to be part of.

Due to the current situation with the pandemic this just hasn’t been possible, however we hope that after the summer that we will all be able to meet again and together plan the future of our journey.

Do we wait and sit back until it goes back to some sort of normal? Of course not. We have tried to be creative in all we do, from how we work online together with our customers to how we celebrate success together online.

Two of the key areas which are so important for us are of course speed and adaptability. When things change we do not continue doing as we have previously, but rather see opportunities in this and see how we can rapidly adapt.

We have continued to grow and during the first half of this year we have welcomed 12 new friends to TIQQE and also from a customer perspective welcome several new customers who have joined our journey.During past 6 months and even from the start of the pandemic we realize how much we miss seeing our customers at our office and our friends and colleagues on a daily basis, the coffee – the chats – the memories and we’re really looking forward for this pandemic to be a distant memory and spend time with one another again.

With this blog we would like to share with you our past 6 months at TIQQE but also to send out a huge thank you to all our customers, employees and partners who have all been extremely important. 

Thank you and we look forward to work with you and hopefully be able to meet face to face in the near future.

We would like to wish you all a wonderful summer!
/Sofia and Jacob

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How we keep up #theTIQQEcode in a pandemic


On January 31 2020 the first Covid-19 case was reported in Sweden. After that very little has remained the same. Successively the restrictions have increased and as an employer it’s really hard to navigate in all Do’s and Don’ts, and if you like me sets great value in the personal interactions and building relations it has been a challenge. Except the fact that we usually interact in the office that we now don’t, we also used to do fun stuff together after office hours – that we now don’t do. Most of us are also friends in different constellations, which has made it natural for us to stay after we closed our laptops and just hang out in the office playing board games or meet up outdoors for a AW. 

So how do we keep up the feeling that it is us together that are doing things? Well, we keep on doing things. A little adjusted execution and not as spontaneous but we still do them in a way that allows us to follow all restrictions. So during last spring, summer and autumn we went downhill biking, golfing, stand up paddle boarding, frisbee-golfing, and we closed 2020 with a christmas-cheering online which actually worked since me and Jacob drove around delivering sparkling drinks to all employees.

Then we started 2021 with an online workshop where all could come up with online activities, or onsite if we can make it with the restrictions. The goal for us was to have one activity per month until June (where we hope to be vaccinated and actually meet). So far we’ve had wine tasting online and one italian-dinner where we cooked together and upcoming is Crossfit, Baking Pastries and Outside training. We record the events so anyone can “join” afterwards. 

And my experiences around setting these team-activities up is that it isn’t that hard. 

A few tips on what we’ve done to make it easier for everyone to join:

  • Every employee has an account with our local food delivery service – connected to our corporate one, and the ones that live in places that haven’t got the simular buy their food and take it as outlays. The account is used for every event where we in a normal day would sit together and eat for example lunch. Such as monthly meetings, lunch’n learns etc.
  • If we have joint celebrations or online-parties, we drive around and deliver the things that we think are mandatory for the occasion.
    And Yes – it takes time, but since time is all we have it’s worth it.
  • We have workshops to decide what to do, where everyone has a say, just to make sure that the things that we actually do are things that most of us want to do and find interesting.

I think the key here is that we make up all things together. Everyone is not interested in participating in planning or execution but the ones that are must have a chance to do so.
My feeling is that we still, after a year of pandemic, have a community where we all want to be. Where we find joy in hanging out together.
Regardless of a pandemic or not, we work hard. And since we do, it’s even more important to also have fun together and share laughters every now and then. And there is one thing that I’m pretty sure of. When the restrictions ring off, we will not be strangers to one another from being apart for + one year. I think that more of us have gone from colleagues to friends.

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Have you found Your place?


I got the question, in connection with it becoming official that I would become vice president where I am now. Are you going to take your place now? What are you thinking? Will you step forward now and take your place?

That comment stuck with me. Step forward and take my place. I’m good. I’m tremendously good at my job. I am competitive, determined and over the years I have become better at running businesses forward than many men my age and in my industry do. Because I have to. I have worked all my working life in IT, which when I started consisted of less than 10% women and now stands at around 30%. I know budget, forecast on the penny when. I can see the goal that exists in ten to twenty years, make strategies for how we get there, I understand more technology than I need. I can work methodically and patiently, but above all I can see overall pictures. I have been involved in running projects worth many millions, I have worked with customers who turn over billions. I have been in smelters, traveled in mines that have more than 40 km of paved road underground, been with customers outside Sweden and gained insight into what strip mining is. My choice of profession has given me the privilege of working in Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Italy, Greece and the USA.

I have noticed a difference in how I look at a managers and leaders role compared to many. And that is that I am completely convinced that we must change how we look at successful leaders and how we create success.
How do you measure success? How do you know you have succeeded? When are YOU the BEST leader?
Is it when I get the Tag Heuer watch because I was elected Leader of the Year? When I get to talk to 700 people about my view on leadership? Or is it when I get to have my father, who in many ways laid the foundation for how I look at leadership, in the audience at a leadership event when I give a lecture on why I lead as I do?

Of course that means something to me and that I’m proud!
….but…
What really matters to me is when people I have around me and that I am responsible for somewhat feel safe and step forward. Take a step up and take their place. Dare to write the certificate with the risk of “failing”, challenge themselves to lead interviews with potential colleagues even though you do not yet see yourself as the fantastic role model you are, dare to expose yourself and your feelings for me even though we are at work, write fantastic blogs even though it doesn’t feel comfortable. When people know that every tag-line or word of value is for real and not just talk. I look forward to when we as “leaders” understand, right in the stomach and heart, that the only thing we have as our main task is to ensure that everyone around us who is on a journey to the next step, is given the opportunity to take that step. It’s not about strategies or hidden agendas. When we release, enable and see people’s potential, there is no stopping what will be achieved.

Having said that. I have taken my place 😊 The energy I get and my feeling of success is not in my title or position. It lies in all the people around me who take their place more and more every day. So today I want to thank ❤️
I want to thank those who let me find out what my leadership philosophy is and let me practice, fail and succeed over the years and I want to thank all the amazing people who work with me today. I’ll quote Buzz Lightyear.
❤️✨ To infinity and beyond ✨❤️

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Leadership program at TIQQE

Why would a company at its right mind want to invest in a leadership program for all employees?

I am a people person. Throughout my whole career I’ve been working in the technology industry, and don’t get me wrong, I love technology and all things that IT enables, but even more I love the people that come with the territory and everyone’s little peculiarities. Because we all have them, our customers, employees, partners, friends and families. But the fact is that the more we know and understand each other, the little quirks that you perceive as annoyance transforms into likability. So to get there, we need to have a common ground on how we interact and communicate with each other.

We have a number of core values at TIQQE and we were born with a strong culture that we want to make sure that we maintain over time.

  • Awesomeness – Always make our customers heroes, our teammates awesome
  • Autonomy – Let the teams be self driven with the knowledge that they’ll always do what is right for our customers
  • Ideas over status – Anyone can have the best idea. Encourage bravery in all to present smart thoughts. And be prepared to change your mind, without seeing it as a defeat.
  • Courage – We want to challenge current “truths” to achieve new things.

This isn’t just important to us. It’s our highest belief that this is what will make us succeed in our joint mission to “create a company where we all want to work” that we never will want to leave and in just that small quote comes big responsibility from everyone. In order for us all to take charge of our own personal #theTIQQEcode. We’re doing this work. Simply because it is our responsibility as a company to assure that everyone has the opportunity to affect what we are and who we are. And we want to do it Together.

What if we all were leaders and How many leaders can a company have? Here at TIQQE we believe that we can have as many leaders as we are employees. Let’s start with the definition of a Leader, which of course can be very individual. Forbes published an article of the most essential qualities that define great leadership a couple of years ago. Here is some of the qualities from that article:

  • Sincere enthusiasm – True enthusiasm for a business, its products or mission cannot be faked.
  • Integrity – Whether it’s giving proper credit for accomplishments, acknowledging mistakes or putting safety and quality first. Great leaders always do what’s right. Even if it isn’t the best thing for the current project or even the bottom line.
  • Communication skills – You can’t accomplish motivation and inspiration if you’re not a good communicator. Nor can you underestimate the importance of listening, as an integral part of communication.
  • Loyalty – True loyalty is ensuring that all team members have the training and resources to do their jobs. It’s standing up for team members in crisis and conflict.
  • Decisiveness – You are willing to take on the risk of decision making, with the knowledge that if things don’t work out, you’ll be held accountable. 
  • Empowerment – A good leader has faith in their ability to train and develop the employees. Because of this, they have the willingness to empower those they lead to act autonomously. When employees are empowered, they are more likely to make decisions that are in the best interest of the company and the customer as well.

All of the above, is something that I don’t believe is my exclusive right as my every-day work. I am convinced that all of us that are employed at TIQQE possess this within, and we all matter and have a part in the above.  We are all leaders of ourselves and we all just have to practice on it to maintain it and get better at it.

Imagine the difference between one or two people defining the truth for a whole company, rather than the whole company defining what we want the company to be together. What would the difference be in commitment to the company, the mission and purpose of our business? We believe that the difference is humongous. That’s why we invest in a leadership program for all our employees. We’re building trust, practice how we communicate and how we can coach each other, discuss and practice different tools, experiences, life and work. So if you wonder what’s happening in our office one Thursday a month? We’re preparing everyone to be tomorrow’s leaders today. 

People

Torbjörn Stavenek just joined TIQQE

We’re proud to welcome Torbjörn Stavenek to our team at TIQQE. Torbjörn is an AI and Machine Learning expert and will lead our investment in the AI and Machine Learning domain due to an increasing demand from our customers.

Who is Torbjörn?

My name is Torbjörn and I have been working with IT for more than 20 years. I am originally from the south of Sweden, studied in Linköping and worked for many years in Stockholm. However, 5 years ago me and my family bought a farm in Vintrosa just outside Örebro and moved there. 
I have a wife and 3 kids, a dog, a cat, some hens, and various other small animals.

I am in general an optimistic and curious person. My interests include cooking, wine, creating and listening to music, carpentry, forestry, investing, exploring business ideas, gaming, etc.

What did you know about TIQQE before you started?

Since I had been working with many of the people at Tiqqe before, I had a pretty good idea about the company. I knew about the AWS and serverless focus, and I also knew about the employee and customer focus.

Why did you want to join TIQQE?

As I mentioned I know many of the people at Tiqqe already and I want to work with nice people  – so that was easy! I have been working with cloud and serverless for some years now which is also a great fit with Tiqqe. 
But what really sold me was their new AI-initiative which I will be an integral part of.

What was your first impression of TIQQE the first week?

Much as expected: nice people, drive, engagement, and lots of discussions about customers and projects.

What is your role at TIQQE?

I will lead the investment into the AI and Machine Learning domain together with Andreas Vallberg and Anna Klang. Several of our existing customers have come quite far in their digitalization journey. They are looking to explore the opportunities within their data which we will be able to help them with. We’re already involved in several AI and Machine Learning projects, some really ground breaking capabilities within prediction.

How has your fist time been at TIQQE?

A mix of working concentrated from home, socializing and working at the office, joining the first lesson in an internal leadership programme.
So as they say in the movie industry: “In medias res” – dropped into the center of things.

What are you looking forward to in the nearest future?

I am really excited about growing the AI-initiative with more customers and projects and finding interesting problems to solve in this space.

What do you know about TIQQE now?

I think basically what I thought I knew has been confirmed, so I am happy about that!

Welcome Torbjörn!

People

Yasnia Deras Cruz just joined TIQQE

We’re proud to welcome Yasnia Deras Cruz to our growing family at TIQQE. Yasnia is the founder of #kodayoga and will strengthen our fullstack delivery team. As usual, we ask a couple of questions to get to know our new stars a little bit better.

Who is Yasnia?

My name is Yasnia Deras Cruz and I’m 26 years old. I’ve been studying a bachelor’s in system science here in Örebro. As a person I love to be creative and find new challenges. I also love to practice yoga, dance and go to the gym. On my spare time I like to explore new places, get to know new people or come up with new ideas. Except being active, I really enjoy watching anime or read a good book.

What did you know about TIQQE before you started?

I came in contact with TIQQE in 2018 on one of their re:Invent event and learned that they focus on serverless and AWS. I also got the impression that they cared about their customers and employees and that they are a company that wants to make a workplace modern and fun.

Why did you want to join TIQQE?

I wanted to learn and develop more as programmer and as a person and TIQQE seemed to be the place to be! For me it is important to be in a company that cares and wants their employees to grow and that’s why I wanted to join TIQQE.

What was your first impression of TIQQE the first week?

My impression of TIQQE have been very welcoming and for sure a place where to grow!

What is your role at TIQQE?

I will be working as a Fullstack Developer

How has your fist time been at TIQQE?

I was very nervous the first day. But I can say that the nervosity went away after a few hours! TIQQE made sure that I got an IT-mentor and a buddy that can answer all my questions I have! Which makes it easy to come in the company culture. Then everybody that I have meet has been very welcoming and nice, which makes it much easier to get know everyone! Looking forward for the coming weeks and learn from all at TIQQE.

What are you looking forward to in the nearest future?

I’m really looking forward to learn and get comfortable with AWS and most of the programming languages TIQQE works with. I’m also looking forward to meet and get to know more of TIQQE employees, not only in Sweden but in Philippines and Italy!

What do you know about TIQQE now?

That they really care for the employees and customer, and that #theTIQQEcode is not just words. TIQQE is a company that truly stands for their values and a place where everyone grows in their different ways.

Welcome Yasnia!

Event

Kodayoga is the new black

In March a young lady reached out to us, Yasnia. She told us about an initiative that she, together with Caroline and Frida, wanted to create an event around. With the mission to inspire and attract more women to our tech-industry through kodayoga. The unbeatable combination of developing code and practicing yoga.

Of course we wanted to be a part of this. So we can proudly present that TIQQE is not only Yasnia’s new workplace from 1st of September, we are also one of the sponsors of this upcoming event taking place the 3rd of October at Creative House in Örebro.

After the event we invite women to our office at TIQQE to mingle and meet like-minded and hopefully get some inspiration. We will provide lighter snacks and drinks but due to Corona we only have a limited number of seats.

Registration will open the 14th of September so stay tuned on their website or subscribe to #kodayoga on LinkedIn for updates.

People

Josefin Karlsson just joined TIQQE

We are happy to welcome Josefin Karlsson to our growing family as fullstack developer. We asked Josefin a couple of questions about her first impressions of TIQQE.

My name is Josefin and I just finished my bachelor in Computer Science in June. Soon 25 years old and I love dogs, especially puppies. I also like to read, learn new things and challenge myself. Started working at TIQQE in July and I am really exited to start my cloud-journey with this amazing company.

What did you know about TIQQE before you started?

I knew from the beginning that TIQQE works with serverless and AWS. I was aware that they care about their customers and employees.

Why did you want to join TIQQE?

Sofia was my mentor during my second year at university, when I got closer to my graduation we decided to meet up and talk about TIQQE. After meeting the employees and hearing about the company I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I think the concept of cloud is really interesting and you could also tell by looking at the employees, that they enjoyed working at TIQQE.

What was your first impression of TIQQE the first week?

Since I just finished my bachelor in computer science, I was very excited but also a bit scared to start since I do not have any experience within this industry. My worries turned out to be unnecessary, the people at TIQQE made me feel welcome from the start and they really encourage me to learn and ask as many questions as I possibly can and need.

What is your role at TIQQE?

I will be working as a fullstack developer.

How has your first time been at TIQQE?

I have had a great experience these first weeks, it is interesting to learn more about AWS and talk with all these talented people at TIQQE. 

What are you looking forward to in the nearest future?

First of all I look forward to learning more about AWS, how TIQQE works as a company with customers and the whole development process. I am also excited to meet more of the employees, since I started during summer vacation the office was quite empty.

What do you know about TIQQE now?

The care for employees and customers are not just words or slogans, this is a company that truly cares and stands for their values every single day. You are welcome just the way you are and no questions are stupid.  TIQQE is also a company with a lot of knowledge and competence, not only in AWS but the entire business.

Thanks for sharing Josefin!