We at Symphony Solutions appreciate loyalty and trust that our employees bring to the company. And they’re not just pretentious words.
Symphony Solutions Poland LLC continues its work on employer branding in Poland. On January 24, a company’s representative will present Symphony Solutions at the Employer’s Day at the University of IT Technology and Management in Rzeszów, Poland.
Green Week at Symphony Solutions is over, but not our eco-initiatives. The new ones are at the growing stage and some have already become a habit for Symphonians.
We’ll start with a bit of history. Two years ago we moved to a new office in Lviv. From the very beginning, Symphony Solutions was a socially responsible business with a desire to contribute to the nature and surroundings. To do so, we have launched Green Week, which is a series of eco and charity events that aim to improve our office sustainability and make some positive impact on others’ lives whenever it’s possible. First Green Week took part last year and the second one has just finished.
If the first one was dedicated to the environment and sustainability, Green Week 2016 was more about caring for others and healthy lifestyle. We believe that healthy and kind people are more likely take care of our planet.
So, the Green Week’s menu consisted of different activities, workshops, and yeah, the real menu for Symphonians was also improved.
Each day started with morning exercises and special healthy breakfasts (as you might know, early birds at Symphony Solutions are provided with a free meal in the morning).
Workshops series was opened with the eco workshop from Ivan Nesterenko, CEO & Founder at Zelenew. He taught Symphonians how to breathe new life into plastic waste and turn it into original trash bins, pencil holders, and even lamps.
Eduard Golyak from the Dreamers Place held a culinary workshop and shared his knowledge on how to fuel the body with healthy food such as cold-pressed juice, yeast-free chapati with sprout sauce and fruit flambe.
The last but not the least was a workshop on creating Florariums which can add coziness to wherever you’ll put them.
The closing note is Charity Hackathon KindHack that will gather kind hearted people to develop IT products for NGOs on December 3-4.
Macedonian office was also actively involved. Symphonians in Skopje learned how to reuse plastic using the 3D printer.
Eco-activist Vasko Cacanovski held a presentation about reusing, reducing and recycling materials.
As in Lviv, the final masterclass was dedicated to Florariums.
During the year we have been measuring Lviv office eco starts and it seems like it’s time to praise ourselves.
Symphonians adopted sustainable habits and programs that were launched during the first Green Week very fast. Despite the fact that during the year Lviv office has expanded by 24% and we got many new people (+30% if to be exact), a positive eco dynamic is still growing. Numbers are speaking by themselves.
• Usage of electricity is reduced by 16% comparing with last year. During the last Green Week, we stuck funny stickers with reminders to switch the light off and changed all lamps to LED.
• Usage of paper cups is reduced almost twice (by 47% if to compare with last year). Symphonians come to the coffee bar with their own cups. Paper cups are used mostly by company’s guests and newcomers
• Despite the growing number of people, the amount of wasted plastic hasn’t grown. All wasted plastic is recycled
• 1367 batteries have been recycled this year. It overcomes last year’s result by 67%
• Finally, the total amount of waste is reduced by 27%! For us, it is a sign of environmental awareness of Symphonians
• Amount of plants is increased from 150 to 167, so the balance: 1 plant per 2 Symphonians is kept
• We still have 3 turtles and fishes that happily live in our office. Compared with last year we have more fishes by 33%! 🙂
• Bicycle fans now can leave their transport at secured parking. Hope that it will also increase the amount of people who prefer eco transport
We just added one more measurement to be able to track water usage within the office. Will keep you posted!
If to be honest, we are delighted with how quickly we have managed to reduce waste of some materials and hopefully next year we will come up with even better results!
We are happy to announce that Symphony Solutions Poland LLC is moving to a new office in Rzeszow! Officially this will happen on December 1, 2016.
Polish office of Symphony Solutions was opened in May 2015. Since that time the company has grown and needs more space as it is planned to expand even more. The new office is located right by the Wislok River and it’s only a 30-minute walk from the City Center. Moreover, it has a nice transport connection with the highway and Rzeszow Airport.
It is expected that new office will adopt the design of Old Amsterdam Café and integrate Symphony Solutions unique corporate culture and values.
Lukasz Delikat, Employee Relationship Coordinator of Symphony Solutions Poland LLC states that:
“The culture and values of Symphony Solutions in Rzeszow are exactly the same. Employer branding that we have started is an on-going task. We will definitely be seen as the new interesting and attractive IT player in town!”.
The new official address of Symphony Solutions Poland LLC is Siemienskiego 20, 35-234, Rzeszow, Poland.
So, one more beautifully designed Dutch office is on its way! Hold your breath and wait for more exciting news from Symphony Solutions!
On November 5 Symphony Solutions hosted the first Agile Unconference “Day of collaboration and innovation”.
The event was organized by Agile Space, the platform for Agile believers who unite to create a regular space for meetings, collaboration and learning in Lviv.
Unconference was designed to bring people together interested in Agile, Scrum and Kanban to provide space where they can communicate, share knowledge, tackle interesting questions and find answers for them.
The event was opened by Theo Schnitfink, the CEO of Symphony Solutions.
That was followed by a keynote speech conducted by Geir Amsjø, the first Norwegian Certified Scrum Trainer who was invited by Agile Space to provide Certified Scrum Master in Lviv. He presented a vision of how to use Scrum for process and product innovation.
Unconference ran an open space format, so all participants were able to contribute and create content according to their experience and needs.
Participants were divided into groups for breakout sessions to dig into their own topics. Everybody was invited to raise issues worth a discussion. In total, there were more than ten groups. The raised topics were dedicated to Agile teams, implementation Agile into distributed teams and disorganized projects with no processes at all. Some topics tackled the question of relations with the product owner, how to convince a customer to be Agile and why developers say YES when they actually mean NO. Among the most out-of-the-box topics were the ones about machine learning & art, creating the Agile office, Agility that hurts and Agile for the non-Agile nation.
Attendees were not part of one group only, but they could move from one to another to find the most relevant discussion, gain the most of its value and create better outcomes.
Besides work, Unconference was full of fun and surprises. Attendees were able to win useful prizes like Planning Poker cards, Kanban boards, T-shirts and set of stickers from Agile Space.
All participants were awarded with CHM Certificates which designated them as official Certified Hug Masters to always remember about the importance of good relationships in the team. This unofficial certification is by no means less important than any other official ones when building strong teams. Once the main part of the Unconference finished, the astronaut DJ took over the stage to open the Cosmic After party with drinks, laser sticks and trans music.
More about the event is said by its attendees:
“To be honest, I haven’t had any special expectations. I have never been at an open-space format events before and it looked as an experiment. But now I am curious if this format also works for trainings and learning the process in general. What I like the most is that you can raise the topic you are interested in and hear opinion and feedbacks about it from other people. Unconference’s format definitely works for those who expect to participate, contribute, share with others and not only sit and hear a prepared speech. I really enjoyed the event and definitely would take part in the next one, if there will be any”.
“I really like that there are so many attendees. Everybody has their own opinion and professional experience and is ready to share it with the others. Everybody is willing to participate and contribute. The format of the event is really cool. I have never been at unconferences before. The best part of it is a real on-going communication process”.
“I found the event very useful. Software development is a core point for young people. I think there is a lack of such non-format events like unconferences where you can meet people who share the same motivation and lifestyle. I think that there should be more events like this. Not only dedicated to software development and just not the standard format of conferences”.
“It is my first unconference. I have heard before about this kind of events and it was interesting to try. I like the communication between attendees. Raised topics are issues we are facing every day and I got the answers I was looking for. I would like to come again”.
Unconference “Day of collaboration and innovation” is the second event in a chain of first events’ series organized by Agile Space. The first was Certified ScrumMaster Class by Scrum Alliance that took place on November 3-5 at Symphony Solutions.
More events from Agile Space are coming soon! Follow the news from Agile Space.
The event was organized by platform for Agile believers – Agile Space.
The class gathered ScrumMasters and potential Agile leaders from different companies. At the end of the class, after deep dive into Scrum, participants became members of Scrum Alliance organization and got access for passing the test to become Certified ScrumMasters.
The crucial thing to take out from the class was a clear differentiation between Agile as a mindset, and Scrum as a simple instrument but not an easy one to implement.
The class was designed to explain fundamental elements of Scrum and its implementation into real projects. Geir Amsjø also emphasizes that Scrum will not be efficient if its principles are only applied for engineering. For efficient results, all people engaged in increment’s delivery of every single iteration must be involved in the Scrum process.
A great share of the class program was dedicated to relationships in the team, connections between team members, and efficient collaboration. The class included gamification and other activities that reflected Scrum fundamentals in easy and fun ways. Participants got case studies and scenarios to deepen their practical skills of using Scrum and become efficient ScrumMasters.
Besides, class encouraged work in teams, so the participants could gain some tips not only from a trainer but from their everyday experience as well. Questions to the trainer were more than welcome. The participants could also discuss issues that people face within their on-going projects. It allowed them to explain general constraints to the trainer and find a right solution.
Trainer Geir Amsjø admitted a great enthusiasm that shared class’s participants:
“A big thank to Lviv and Symphony Solutions for three awesome days in the name of Agile and Scrum. Tremendous and warm hospitality, and I was really impressed by the attitude and enthusiasm of all you young Ukrainians.”
After three days of intensive learning and passing the test from Scrum Alliance all participants became Certified ScrumMasters.
Olha Tymoshchuk, class participant, Symphony Solutions:
“The class was really a worthy investment in the future – for both professional and everyday life. It was a place where we learned to live agile: everywhere. And spread it among like-minded people”.
Yaroslav Sydorenko, class participant, SoftServe:
“I really liked the atmosphere of openness, agileness, a collaboration created by Symphony Solutions and CSM class participants. CSM trainer Geir Amsjø managed to retain our faith in Agile and Scrum. He gave practical recommendations and tools how to use it, and it also encouraged us for continuous improvement. It was a great way to spend time and an opportunity to learn new stuff”.