Tough situations build strong people – an inspiring story from our tech lead of the year

Throughout 20 years of development, NashTech has always taken pride in the people-oriented approach where our Nashers are encouraged to advance their expertise and excel in their career.

In celebration of our talents and their excellence during the year 2019, NashTech is delighted to hold the annual award “employee of the year” to express gratitude for individuals who achieve outstanding levels of performance.

In this article, we would like to introduce Thinh Tran – the talented Nasher who made his name in the “tech lead of the year” award.

Two years of learning and growing at NashTech

Thinh started his journey with NashTech in 2018 and officially took on the role of technical lead just a year ago. A day at work in the life of Thinh consists of meeting and supporting clients, managing the team, monitoring the workflow, as well as overseeing any potential technical issues. Sharing about his job, Thinh said it was restless and fulfilling at the same time. From the beginning, it took him a good amount of time to familiarize himself with the whole “new” situation – new environment, new requirements, new colleagues. Despite all of the exchange, Thinh finds his career and journey at NashTech especially rewarding. Side by side with his team members, he has been able to build a brand-new project entirely from the ground, which he proudly calls “his most remarkable achievement”. Thinh shared with a smile, “I enjoy every second of it, I love what I do and I am happy that I have a chance to work hard for it.”  “Although it was tiring and confusing sometimes, I am grateful that it happened. Our life is full of ups and downs, but unexpected adversities may become the greatest opportunities in the future. I believe in the old saying no pain, no gain – everyone goes through difficulties in life, but what matters is how you learn from it” – Thinh said.

The story behind the title “tech lead of the year”

We asked Thinh to share the secret that has led to his ‘tech lead of the year’ award and he thinks it is down to his initiative spirit and carefulness. Being a responsible tech lead, Thinh has to ensure that the requirements and scope of a project are communicated clearly with different stakeholders to prevent any potential misunderstandings that could de-rail the project. Therefore, it is critical for Thinh to carefully oversee the work process, as well as initiatively converse with several parties. “I think it is important to raise questions and express your thoughts when needed, those are the qualities of a competent technical lead.” – he advised.

How the culture at NashTech has inspired Thinh to learn and grow

When being asked about the reason behind choosing NashTech, Thinh pointed out that the professional working environment and the corporate benefits are the most vital factors that make NashTech the perfect workplace for him and many of his friends.

It is fascinating for Thinh to see how employees at NashTech are appreciated and encouraged. The motivational spirit is well-spread among the people and the energy never runs out.

During his time working at NashTech, Thinh has been able to excel in his professional life and more importantly, develop meaningful and lifelong relationships with others – which he considers priceless to his personal growth. “I was able to overcome all the challenges and stay true to myself all thanks to the great support of my dear colleagues. I truly hope we can keep working hard together and creating valuable outcomes for our clients and the company” – Thinh shared.

Looking forward to a bright future

As a technical professional, Thinh always strives to become a better version of himself. He has several plans to advance his competences, particularly in the area of coding and honing his expertise in technical areas.

With the upcoming future full of ambition and plans, Thinh remains positive for the promising future ahead as he steps into a new phase of his career with a confident mind.

The Art of Project Management: What does it take to become successful?

How would you respond when asked to define project management or explain what a project is? 

We face projects every day, both at work and at home. You might be contributing to a deliverable deadline on a new sprint release for a client at work or planning a trip with your family at home. These are both examples of projects that have a defined start and end date, a goal, a scope, and resources. And, they all require some level of management.

It takes great effort to effectively manage projects, while ultimately benefitting the company, the project’s stakeholders and you. In this article, you will find useful tips that could significantly contribute to your career development from some of the most outstanding project managers at NashTech.

The “true colour” of project management

In the IT world, we normally call a project manager a “ninja warrior”. A person who constantly stays on top of all aspects of his/her project and is able to fully anticipate demand and maintain control. The art of project management is not only the ability to plan, execute and track, but also to communicate, persuade and motivate. These abilities are gleaned from experience and can take years to master.

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To understand more about the essence of project management, we had chat with several project manager’s at NashTech. They all agreed that the best image to visualize project management is a bridge – a solid connection between parties. It is the job of project managers to keep in touch with different stakeholders, make sure they are on the same page, while constantly exchanging requirements and demands. Just like the bridge that provide a continuous passage over obstacles, a project manager can inspire the team to find solutions to cross the problems and get the work done.

Essential project management skills

Project management skills are becoming a crucial commodity for all kinds of businesses.

An essential skill is communication. Every project manager is expected to be a clear and concise communicator.  According to Mr. Bang Truong – Project Manager at NashTech, a project is constantly evolving so there is huge importance in communicating what has happened, what is being done and what is to come in the timeline of deliverables. “When communicating with others, always be brave and selfless, confidently express yourself but do not forget to show empathy and attention as well” – he advised. Being accessible, open and direct is critical for a project management role. Having the ability to persuade team members to perform certain tasks differently, or work overtime when needed, is crucial. Overall, the effectiveness of project management is often realized by the communicative competence.

Of equal importanance  is having solid people management skills. A massive part of project management role is working with individuals from all walks of life and with varying skills and expertise. It is important to bring people together and move them in one direction, while aligning their personal goals with those of the organisation. In the increasingly changing environment, a project manager with great people management skills helps the team engage and sail the strong winds easily.

The secret to project management success

A project manager is undoubtedly required to have good knowledge of project management processes, tools and techniques, and needs to be able to apply across a range of projects.

However, it is necessary to develop certain soft skills, simultaneously because things do not always go as planned, assumptions fail, uncertainties creep in and changes do happen. As someone who works in project management, it is vital to be well-equipped with suitable skills as well as having an initiative learning mindset in order to thrive.

Development opportunities at NashTech – insightful remarks from our line manager of the year

Annually, NashTech facilitates an employee highlight series to honor and appreciate those with exemplary performance. We are constantly astonished by our employees’ efforts to go to the extra mile and excel in their field of work, as such, this program is curated to acknowledge and shed light on their journey to excellence at work.

In this article, we are thrilled to feature Cuong Ly – who has attained the “line manager of year” award. Aside from sharing with us his own story, Cuong will also give us his thoughts on NashTech’s faith and unfaltering commitment in ensuring our employees’ development.

What does it take to be a line manager of three different competencies?

As the only line manager at NashTech who is currently in charge of three distinct domains, Cuong is often required to juggle workloads across different competencies; frontend, mobile and UI/UX.  Cuong’s main responsibilities are to support, provide guidance and search for ways that best engage those within his direct line of management.

Managing three different competencies also means Cuong has to support and engage three different groups of people with different approaches to execution and operation. He seeks to ensure that people in these teams can navigate any situation or requirement with ease to smooth the way for project execution.

His scope of work also involves other duties such as ascertaining the numbers of qualified candidates for projects demand, developing talents eligibility to serve the future needs as well as assisting with talent acquisition process.

The responsibilities are definitely substantial and the heavy workloads sometimes stress him out, however, through Cuong’s sharing, we get to uncover how rewarding it is to help NashTech shape and manage a robust system of talents. The inconvertible challenges in his job are what keep him intrigued, Cuong added.

When we tried to dig a little deeper into his experience at NashTech, Cuong fascinatingly shared with us that he also holds a special role whenever holiday season rolls around, which is to dress as Santa Claus and hand out gifts to everyone in his office. This special role landed on his lap by chance but at the end of the day, Cuong opened up that the most unexpected opportunity could bring about greatest amount of joy.

Cuong Ly’s thoughts on NashTech’s talent development vision

NashTech’s talent development programs, and the vision we embrace as an employer brand, are highly sought-after topics for aspiring Nashers. As someone who is directly involved in, and contribute to, the talent acquisition and training process, Cuong Ly has shared with us some of his thoughts on what we have in store for young minds out there who wish to upskill and join NashTech.

Candidates asking their interviewer about the working condition, career development opportunities, environment and benefits that the company offers has long been a common practice in a job interview. As someone who has been in the position of an interviewer at NashTech, Cuong recounted with us the wide array of concerns and questions from interviewees that have been raised to him during the interviews, where most of the concerns revolve around room for growth and development.

At NashTech, we are fully aware of the fact each of our current, and future, employees holds different visions in terms of career development and we want to ensure that they can have the ideal environment, opportunities and sufficient support to thrive, Cuong added. Especially, in the world of technology, with rapid shifts and modifications happen every day, the need to curate room for growth and development is even more important.

According to Cuong, NashTech’s diverse range of projects will enable young talents to participate in large-scale projects with international clients to gain empirical and hands-on experience. Plus, with a department dedicated to training and upskilling employees, all tech employees will be kept up-to-date and well-equipped with emerging technologies.

Lastly, Cuong is confident that with 20 years of capabilities and skills, NashTech has proven itself as the ideal destination for tech talents, where they can strive for excellence with the help of experts in the field and a professional environment.

Been inspired by Cuong’s sharing? Read more articles in our employee highlight series here.

NashTech announces ‘The Rookies’, a new in-depth training program

In January 2021, NashTech is delighted to announce the launch of its new training program for freshers, titled “The Rookies”.

The Rookies is an intensive training program in which attendees will acquire in-depth knowledge from technology experts and hands-on experience from global projects following world-class standards. This program is well suited for final year university students and fresh graduates majoring in IT, Computer Science, Information Systems or technology-related fields.

Joining the three-month training program, candidates are offered appealing benefits that include:

  • In-depth knowledge: intensive technical skills training from experts which is free of charge and requires no bonding
  • Soft skills and English training: well-established training courses on practical topics to help candidates enhance their soft skills and language skills
  • Empirical experience: hands-on experience working in global projects
  • Certificate of completion: candidates will receive a certificate for completing the program
  • Career opportunity: participants will have the opportunity to join our team of next-gen software engineers at NashTech
  • Working environment: professional, open, creative and we encourage employee development
  • Allowance and benefits: lunch and parking allowances are provided during the training period. Attractive compensation for selected candidate when employed by NashTech

The first batch of the program commenced at the beginning of January and will close for registration on 26th February 2021. By signing up to the program, candidates who are diligent, passionate about technology and have a strong sense of responsibility will go through a simple selection process. This comprises of three steps:

TheRookies-selectionprocesschartTo spread the word and bring this exciting program to a broader audience, NashTech has conducted a wide range of activities including talk shows at universities, which was kicked off on 6th January with the first talk show at Huflit University.

To find out more about The Rookies, visit: https://careers.nashtechglobal.com/graduate/

Register before 26/02/2021 to join the program at: http://bit.ly/358Lajf

Key dates:

  • 6th January: Talk show at Huflit University
  • 22nd January: Talk show at Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City
  • 27th January: Career talk session at NashTech Ho Chi Minh office
  • 28th January: Career talk session at NashTech Ho Chi Minh office
  • 23rd February: Talk show at Van Lang University
  • 26th February: Talk show at University of Technology and Education
  • 3rd March: Career talk session at NashTech Ho Chi Minh office

DEV Show – NashTech’s bespoke development program for software developers.

As one of the key employer brands with respect to technology in Vietnam, NashTech is well aware of the competitive nature of the contemporary digital workforce. Tech talent segments are still highly desired and critical in many different sectors.

To attract, manage and retain top talents in the field, we always seek innovative and new approaches when it comes to effectively managing and developing our tech talents. In today’s article, NashTech proudly introduces you to DEV Show – one of our most highly anticipated and robust talent development series dedicated to our developers.

DEV Show – NashTech’s developers hub

DEV Show is our bi-weekly special show for developers, a platform where they can share lessons or knowledge learned from empirical projects and get latest updates on emerging technologies. The show covers a wide range of topics which we will dive into the three most recent episodes:

  1. Modular web applications in ASP.NET core

A session on how applying modular architecture effectively can bring about huge benefits. Plus, this talk show also show attendees how experts applied this architecture in SimplCommerce, a top 3 open source commerce built on .NET Core.

  1. Java Script – Common pitfalls and best practices

This episode of the series illustrated how writing code in Javascript can easily contain many hidden mistakes that developers tend to overlook. By pointing out common pitfalls, our experts have been able to guide attendees to opt for best practices when working with this framework, especially in big projects.

  1. AZ-204 Experience – It isn’t a walk in the park

AZ-204 is a certification exam which tests knowledge of Azure – a public cloud computing platform. The speaker in this session had shared some valuable tips and advices on how to ace this exam.

  1. CI/CD IN MICROSERVICES WITH AWS – EXPERIENCE SHARING

Micro-service is becoming a very promising architecture that can help us adapt complex system context. In this talk, the speaker shared about the experiences he had deploying the micro-service system in AWS using ECS and relevant services.

  1. SHOPIFY 101

An overarching session on how to create e-commerce websites backed by Shopify – the trusted and easy to use e-commerce platform.

NashTech’s talent management vision

As we constantly adopt advanced technology in our services to fulfill the mission of delivering technology excellence to our clients, the demand to upskill our digital workforce is frequently high. Thanks to the quick digital adaptation we have here at NashTech, our talents will often earn chances to get post-training reinforcement soon after their training which enable them to have hands-on experience in that field.

Our training does not only align with company’s objectives, but we also cater the training content to meet the needs of our tech talents. We aspire to create highly interactive and well-versed sessions to keep our talents engaged and inspired.

Curious about our previous talent development initiatives? Explore here             

Discovering the story of our amicable and passionate Automation Tester of the year

A reliable and well-performed workforce is a powerful driver for the development of any organisation. Employee experience incontrovertibly reflects in the performance and engagement level of the workforce which proven to be critical to the organisation’s sustainability and growth.

Acknowledging that, NashTech has created multiple platforms where our employees can raise their voice as well as share their experience of being a Nasher. One of which is our inspiring employee highlight series featuring exemplary individuals who have attained the employee of the year award.

In today’s article we would like to share the story of Phuc Dang – who has excelled in his field to earn the title of “automation tester of the year 2019”.

What it’s like to work as an automation tester at NashTech?

As an automation tester in one of our major projects at NashTech, with more than one hundred headcounts which serves the demand of a Germany financial group, Phuc is given a chance to explore and gain hands-on experience on the latest technologies. Additionally, Phuc also values all new working methods and approaches that he has been exposed to while working at this project, for instance, Mob Programming – a software development approach that facilitates group collaboration as well as tackles common pitfalls regarding teamwork.

Another perk of joining a large-scale project at NashTech is the opportunity to work closely with ardent and adept senior colleagues in the field which has significantly benefited him in terms of technical competence, Phuc added. Joining NashTech right after university through the Direct Entry program, Phuc was new and unfamiliar to how a multinational corporation operates. Thanks to his senior colleagues’ guidance, he has been able to acclimate to the professional environment that NashTech offers.

What NashTech means to Phuc Dang?

After two years at NashTech, Phuc Dang has developed a passion for technology as well as curated strong ties with his fellow colleagues which makes him feel like being a part of a family. Phuc also shared that he feels a sense of belonging here at NashTech since everyone seeks to put efforts into building a healthy and supportive community.

Phuc’s team regularly solicited team building activities such as setting aside a certain time slot each week – calling it Happy Hour – to gather around and eat together, this significantly helps with taking the edge off a hectic week. Company annual events such as Christmas celebration or Year End party are highlights in Phuc’s journey here at NashTech, according to him, these are the times where Nashers can join hands and bond over all the joyous and delightful activities.

When Phuc was asked to share something with our newly joined members as well as future Nashers, Phuc recalled being a fresh graduate from university two years ago with NashTech as the coveted company for many young talents. Through dedication and unwavering determination, Phuc has attained his dream position, he even received a performance award for it as “automation tester of the year”.

Phuc’s advice for all the aspiring Nashers out there: “Join NashTech and experience it for yourself, I believe it will be a pleasant journey filled with excitement”

Discover more stories from our employee of the year series here