Development

My experience with a coding bootcamp


It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to be when I grow up. Thinking back on the things I have considered, the common thing seems to be that I want to create. I have studied textile design and packaging design and at some point I wanted to be a baker or work with movies, you get the picture. Then two years ago I had to really rethink my working life and decided I needed a new challenge, a new start. That’s when I surprised both myself and the people around me with realising I wanted to become a developer. 

After a rigorous application process with tests, two interviews and a letter of motivation, I got accepted to a 12 week bootcamp in C#, with the promise of a job after graduation. It was a scary step to take, but I’m so glad I took it.

The bootcamp

The first three weeks were dedicated to the basics, like if-statements, loops, data types and classes, in a very high tempo. For each concept we would get a short lecture followed by related coding tasks. In those first days we could run through 5-6 new things every day. At the end of the third week we got our first group assignment, build a console app and of course all six groups decided to make some kind of game. My group did an ASCII Battleship game and even though it wasn’t pretty, it was so gratifying to make something that worked! 

After that every week we tackled a new subject, like SQL, Entity Framework and MVC. Now and then we would have a one-day focus on something like UX, Scrum or RegEx, along with lunch and learn sessions about softer skills, like communication and consultant behavior. One day we got to build a simple html site in pairs as an intro to git (with the goal to solve as many merge conflicts as possible).

Every week ended with a checkpoint, a test to make sure that everybody kept up with the pace. For some that sounds scary, but to me they were a great confirmation that I took in the knowledge for that week and could spend the weekend getting ready for a new week of information bombardment. 

During the last two weeks we did our final graduation project to tie all our new knowledge together in an actual product and at the end we had to present it to a panel of industry people. The project was just as much about working in a team and trying to work within Scrum as it was about the code. After that, we got to toast as graduated developers.

Now over a year later, these are some of the things I find myself reflecting over. 

Lifelong learning

I knew from the start that I would not know everything at graduation, rather I would know enough to get started as a junior developer and continue learning on the job. For me one of the greatest things I took away was the knowledge that I can learn anything. Even though the bootcamp was mainly in C# I could confidently say “not a problem, I pick up things quickly” in an interview for a position that was not C#. 

Peer-to-peer

We practiced pair-programming and were always encouraged to help each other out. For me explaining something to someone else will help me cement the knowledge in a much better way. It also created a great team-feeling where we all wanted success for each other, and no one was afraid to raise their hand and say they didn’t understand something.

Soft skills

Like I mentioned we were also coached in other areas needed to be a successful developer today. For a junior developer it can be those other skills that are going to set you apart from other developers with more experience than you. Because in the end it’s not always enough to know the technical part, speaking with customers (in a way they understand) or being a good teammate can be just as important.

Is it better than a university degree?

No – it’s just a different way to become a developer.

For me it’s two completely different things. In pursuing a computer science degree you gain deeper knowledge on the theoretical and high-level concept, and a bootcamp focuses on the practical skills you need to be a productive programmer. It all depends on who you are and why you want to become a developer.

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Finally 2020 is coming to its end!


This year has not been as we planned. We sat together for the first time on the 2d of January in Örebro and made big visions of how this year would be. We had a great Kick-off in mid January where all employees of TIQQE set the scene for the year. We had workshops, made dinner together and it felt great! A lot of laughter, warmth and forward-thinking. February went on as planned and then came March.


In March we were heading for the Philippines. We had planned this trip thoroughly, meeting up with the team, having a kick-off in Cebu, talking about leadership and getting to know eachother better. 
A few weeks earlier we started to hear about a mystic flu that spread across asia. The afternoon and night before our departure we started to wonder if it was smart or not. The bags were packed, passports ready and movies downloaded to the iPads. Then it started. COVID.
The 13th of March we communicated to all our customers that we intended to keep our employees safe and that we would stop travel to meetings and assignments.
From that day we also started to encourage our employees to work from home.

With that said, we’ve had a fantastic year. Strange but great. When we realized that this wasn’t anything that would pass quickly we made some guiding decisions:

  • We wouldn’t back on anyone that we’ve signed up to work with us
  • If we had to do economic cuts, we would take us in the Supportgroup ( our leadership team ) first.
  • At all cost, keep our employees safe as far as we can control

So, this year we’ve employed 12 more TIQQE friends in Sweden (three starts Q1 2021) and we engaged 7 new friends in the Philippines. 
We have done a lot online. Lunches, monthly meetings, a summer party with an online escape room, and year-end meeting with reflection. We drove around Sweden walking and talking one-on-one and delivering prosecco so we could celebrate later online.
TOGETHER
All the things we’ve done with our employees and customers have been successful because we do it together. No one has been in this pandemic-year alone.
So when we sum this year up, we want to THANK YOU ALL. All customers for feeling TRUST in us, so we have been able to keep collaborating and develop AWESOME stuff without physical meetings & all TIQQErs for putting up with us and having the COURAGE to have faith in our way of working. Ùbúntù – we are because We are. Let’s make 2021 better than 2020 together!
Have a wonderful Christmas & a Happy New Year  

Jacob & Sofia

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Our Vision at TIQQE is Vision Zero when it comes to employee and customer turnover. What do we do when one of our employees decides to leave us? 


Well, we make sure that we’ve checked the following boxes

  • We’ve explored every possible way
  • It’s been a really really hard decision to make
  • It’s what’s best for the employee

In this blog we would like to share a story about our employee #5 Benjamin Bandy  who has decided to leave TIQQE. With that being said, he’s leaving us in person but never in our hearts.

Benjamin joined TIQQE just when we were starting up as a company, it was the first of september 2018.

Benjamin has been an employee and a friend who has always lived the values which are so important, he is nice, caring, sees the potential in everyone and always a pleasure to be around.

He is also a kickass techlead and developer who has always been highly appreciated by our customers. 

So why does someone that lives and breathes our values want to leave? Well, two years ago Benjamin met the love of his life. Unfortunately for us she lives overseas, in the US. For some unknown reason she doesn’t think that Sweden is a fantastic place to be (coming from Silicon Valley and working for Roblox), so in a couple of weeks Benjamin will take his belongings and move 7.921 kilometers away. 

Benjamin has been an amazing colleague for everyone at TIQQE, he has been a great friend and will be hugely missed by us all. However he has promised us to keep his Slack account so we can still frequently be in contact with him and not to forget that every friday morning at 4am he will wake up and join us for our weekly Quake tournament.

And we’ve created a mini-Benjy that we’ll keep in the office until you come back.

Even though he will be a few more kilometers away from us he will always have a special place in all our hearts. We wish you all the best Benjamin and hope that you come home soon! 

Jacob & Sofia

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Joakim Akterhall joining TIQQE!


We want to welcome yet another awesome developer to our TIQQE family

Joakim Akterhall a.k.a Akke will be joining us at TIQQE early January. He’s not only known as one of the world’s best players in Dota 2, he’s also a recognized developer. Of course one might be curious on why Akke wants to join us, so we asked him exactly that. 


How come that you wanted to start at TIQQE?

  • I’ve been working as a private consultant the past 1,5 years but I missed being a part of a company for a longer time, to be able to see and help the company grow and build relationships with both co-workers, partners and customers. I looked for a company with an interesting product that I believe in and that I can be proud of saying that I work with and where people seemed very friendly. And it looks like TIQQE has all this which makes me very excited to start working here!

What are your expectations?

  • The expectations are mostly on myself, to get familiar with AWS and be able to perform and give value to the company. In the long run I’m looking forward to extending my knowledge about AWS and learning more programming languages and frameworks.

We all look forward to Akke’s start!

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Justine Valmores just joined TIQQE!

We’re excited to welcome Justine Valmores to our growing family at TIQQE. 

Justine is an experienced full-stack developer with a passion in developing single-page applications and mobile-responsive websites.
When at work, he develop in ReactJs, AngularJS, TypeScript, jQuery and ActionScript.
With that said, he has a great experience in front-end development as well as in back-end design. 
Outside work Justine keeps learning new web-technologies, but he also enjoys playing video games, watching TV series and anime.

Justine is part of our team for PostNord – Common Solutions.

Welcome Justine!

Development

TIQQE leadership program


Last september we started the TIQQE Leadership program. In this post I am going to tell you about my personal experience and reflections I did about it.


Change is constantly in our life. You deal with changes all the time: in your job, in your everyday life and in your relationships, with others and with yourself. 
Everything changes, everything evolves and you can’t stop that.
The only way to not be left behind, stuck in your safe bubble you have hardly built, is to embrace changes, to be a part of them. 

Embracing changes forces you to continuously question yourself and actively decide to make actions that could lead to failure, loss or even force you to start from scratch, again. And sure, that can be scary but it is the only way to grow and to improve yourself.
Embracing and being part of change is fundamental in a developers life.
In fact, IT leads the evolution and in the last two decades we have witnessed a real and true revolution in the sector.
Software has pervaded our lives and reshaped them.

The way of developing software evolved, so did the role of the developer.
Working in a team, having good communication with colleagues and customers, feeling empathy, being flexible and able to adapt, listening and supporting, being nice, depersonalizing, taking responsibilities and having leadership skills, are all qualities that a developer should have to be successful. 

Mastering one programming language to develop a certain kind of product on a specific infrastructure is not enough and valuable anymore.
What is important instead, is the attitude to never stop learning, to start from scratch again with a new technology.
Being ready and prepared to challenge yourself is precious. 
Despite the name, soft skills are not easy to master at all, and in order to achieve some of them you really need to be prepared to work on yourself.
Not all the IT companies have realized that yet and above all not all of them dare to change.

Receiving the invitation to join the TIQQE leadership program was for me, like receiving a message saying “we believe in you, we are investing in you”.
That was really nice. I got really thrilled about the idea that I was receiving a great opportunity to work on and improve my soft skills.
The program had the aim of working and practicing with some really simple but powerful tools and making their use a habit, something that is a natural part of our way to work and think.
The tools give us the ability to see different perspectives and help to work on ourselves not only personally but also in a team context and in a company context.

The best part of the experience was for me, the possibility of sitting together in the same room and speaking about ourselves. It gave us the possibility of getting to know each other, and learning from each other. I thought a lot about what my colleagues have told during the sessions we had and I tried to bring some of their perspective in my life.

I think it was an amazing experience that gave me a lot and that showed me how much I can grow and improve both personally and professionally, for myself and for the people around me.

People

Van Brigoli just joined TIQQE!

We’re very happy to welcome Van Brigoli to our growing family at TIQQE. 

A full-stack developer experienced in developing softwares and web applications. Van has been exposed to working with various technologies such as  ReactJS, AngularJS, and Angular. He also has experience with Express, NestJS, Python, and Java in developing backends, while using NO SQL like MongoDB, and Relational Database like Postgresql. 

When he doesn’t work, he spends quality time with his family, or he might be seen playing online and mobile games like Dota 2 and Black Desert Mobile.

Van is a part of our team for PostNord – Common Solutions.

Welcome Van!

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One-year anniversary at TIQQE:


Late last week it hit me that I’ve been part of TIQQE for over a year.
In this blog I would like to share some of my experiences from the previous year. 

I started in November 2019, I was excited, filled with energy, many ideas of what we could do and to be honest I was nervous and at times I still am.

It started great, it was a booming market, we have great company with fantastic employees and customers, and I spent most of my days spending time with them. 

We have always said we want to build something different – We want TIQQE to be something else.

We kicked off 2020 by setting the strategy ahead and didn’t want this to be set within a small group of people, so we opened this up to the entire company and workshopped together from our set vision and mission. Together we defined what was important for everyone and then together set a plan and started to execute. The result was outstanding, I was blown away by the amount of great ideas and the involvement by everyone and what pleased me the most was that we did this together.

Then just around the corner the pandemic hit, we saw a rapid change in the market and understood that we needed to act quickly. We needed to take control of what we could internally and then focus on sales externally and adapt to the market. We set a plan in place and started to execute, somethings worked and of course many didn’t.

We had one rule during the pandemic, we don’t let anyone go and stick together. Whatever it takes and make sure to always find a way, to ensure our peoples safety. 

I’ve personally made many mistakes in the past year, everything from saying the wrong thing, making wrong decisions and feeling of course I could have handled certain situations better. At the same time, it’s been very fun, at times it’s been challenging, very developing and I’m extremely thankful to have the possibility to work with people who are kind, understanding, helpful and out-standing within what they do.

My key take aways from my first year are:

  • You don’t need to have all the answers
  • The more questions you ask the more you learn 
  • Reflect, reflect, reflect
  • Don’t be afraid to say I don’t know
  • Don’t see employees and customers – See individuals
  • Most importantly always be nice
People

Anthony Mondoy just joined TIQQE!

We’re very happy to welcome Anthony Mondoy to our growing family at TIQQE. 

A software developer experienced in developing web applications. He has some great experience working with Python Frameworks like Flask and Django along with ReactJS and Go.
He enjoys working more on backend processes and producing efficient programs. He also has extensive experience working on Relational Databases like MariaDB, MySQL and PostgreSQL.
When he is not coding, you will find him freediving, enjoying crossfit, or surfing in Siargao – a beautiful island in the Philippines!

Anthony is joining our SRE-team.

Welcome Anthony!

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Maria Gantuangco just joined TIQQE!

We’re very happy to welcome Maria Gantuangco to our growing family at TIQQE. 

Maria is a proactive and results-driven test engineer with a strong knowledge of the whole software QA processes, methodologies and tools. She has an extensive working experience both in manual and automated testing. She is a true team player and she always ensures that the delivered product is of the highest quality. Professionally Maria enjoys learning new software technologies and also keeping up with current trends.
When she’s not testing, she’s spending her time as a full-time mother – shopping for baby items, doing laundry and basically doing the whole nine yards.

Maria is a part of our delivery team at PostNord.

Welcome Maria!