Flexibility and Adaptability: factors that define your productivity at work

Possessing a flexible mindset is highly sought-after in this ever-changing era, especially within the office setting. This skillset is widely perceived as the ability to be mentally and professionally prepared for unprecedented shifts in technology, conducts or culture while carrying out your daily tasks.

Flexible employees are great assets to an organisation owing to the fact that being versatile would enable them to tackle a broad range of issues, plus they are more than often the type who would lay the cornerstone for new ideas and constructive changes to be implemented.

The importance of workplace flexibility in a time of crisis and rapid digitisation

Not only we are living in a technology-driven world, but also a world where crisis could show up at our doorstep, uninvited, anytime. 2020 epitomises this, with enterprises going through rapid shifts in their managing and operating methods due to the market demands but more importantly, to adapt to the disruption caused by a global pandemic.

Research recently conducted by McKinsey Survey Global of executives yielded the result that there has been a spike in digitisation being adopted by their companies to accommodate heightening demands in the shortest duration possible. As a pioneering technology company, NashTech understands that to stay ahead of the pack requires constant innovation, especially, technology-wise.

Inevitably, these companies’ workforce is the first one to be exposed to such sweeping shifts. This is where workplace flexibility comes in handy, an employee who can modify his/her approach to suit technological advancement as well as unusual demands during crisis to deliver the best possible outcomes will indeed become the company’s ace.

How you can become an adaptable player

From an adaptable person’s perspective, being open to new ideas and change means making room for creativity and innovation. Here are four traits that are often found in a flexible team player;

  1. Identify your core values and stick to them

Having a clear sense of what your core values are is similar to having a GPS that does not glitch, it will keep you moving forward. With clear core values, people will be able to retain their composure in the face of change or crisis to come up with the most effective solution.

  1. Take others’ views into account

Adaptable team members do not blot out others’ voices since they acknowledge the importance of having a rich pool of perspectives. Imagine how dull a meeting will be if everyone is forced to hold the same view on a particular problem. Discussion between different viewpoints is the foundation of any progress and improvement.

  1. Explore diverse skillsets

An adaptable employee will often seek to enhance their aptitude so that they can be eligible for a wider range of projects or assist others’ work. By exploring different skillsets, they open themselves to more opportunities than those who are reluctant to learn and adapt.

  1. Allocate time for unscheduled tasks

It’s a great thing to start making plans and follow through with it, however, an ideal plan is the one with contingency allowance in it to cover any unexpected tasks popping up. This will prevent you from messing up the time that you have assigned for regular tasks, while also being ready for any disruption.

As an expert in delivering technology services, NashTech is fully aware of the changing nature of this industry and seeks to create a flexible and highly interactive work environment for our employees. We want to ensure that our employees stay up-to-date with the latest technology as well as be well-equipped with various essential skillsets through frequent training and upskilling sessions. This reflects in the flexible workplace that we currently own and take pride in.

Read more about our employees’ experience here

Embrace and respect the challenges – explore the stories of our daring Test Leads of the year

Every step we take here at NashTech is driven by a “people first” approach. When it comes to our employees, we create the conditions in which Nashers can be content and passionate about their jobs, as well as motivated to commit fully to the organisation.

NashTech takes joy in organising the annual “employee of the year” award to celebrate the contribution of our talents. This week we will be featuring Ms. Ngoc Tran and Mr. Cuong Nguyen – two stellar individuals who have earned themselves the title “test lead of the year”.

Ms. Ngoc Tran and her 6 years of dedication

Taking on the role of a test lead at NashTech could be both hectic and fulfilling. As the test lead of SMI – a ten-year-old project at NashTech, a day at work of Ngoc Tran consists of supporting clients and project managers, monitoring the quality control team as well as testing to update business knowledge throughout the day. Through her sharing, we discovered that this position demands a high level of flexibility since, sometimes, she needs to play the role of a business analyst to clarify requirements and give some suggestion to the team based on project knowledge that she gained over the years, then proceed with making a complete and detailed requirement with team and send back to the client.

Despite the heavy volume of work, Ngoc finds her career and journey at NashTech especially rewarding. Moving to Saigon seven years ago, Ngoc chose NashTech as the place where she would embark on her new career path. Through a culture of caring, active listening and respect towards its employees, NashTech has made Ngoc, the youngest member in the project at the time, feel valued and supported. Ngoc also shared with us that her seniors were constantly there to motivate and support her and they play a major role in shaping who she is today.
To Ngoc, the “test lead of the year” award demonstrates NashTech’s strong sense of employee recognition and how employee experience is always taken into account making her feel recognised and valued. This award is definitely a springboard which allows Ngoc to keep moving forward and earning more testing skills in different domains.

Inspiring sharing from Mr. Cuong Nguyen

We are delighted to get a chance to listen to Cuong Nguyen’s sharing – the joint winner of “test lead of the year” award alongside with Ngoc Tran. We got a fascinating answer out of Cuong by asking him about this current scope of work as a test lead. He describes himself as the problem-solver of a project, if something went wrong or malfunctioned within a project, he will be in charge of coping with it. Cuong also humorously added that if issues do not emerge, his team will make up their own problems to deal with.

One thing at NashTech which Cuong relishes the most is the fact that a pecking order is seemingly a non-existent phenomenon and the only notion that stands between employees are “colleagues”. This culture significantly improves employee morale and engagement as well as tackles any misunderstanding by eliminating the fear of communicating with seniors. Cuong also recalled the 2019 company trip as his fondest memories at NashTech since it was the perfect occasion for everyone to unwind after a whole year of hard work. A great chance for everyone to gather around, enjoy a few drinks and immerse themselves in music, a truly enjoyable time.

The title of this article was inspired by Cuong’s motto and also his counsel to young and talented individuals out there who aspire to become a part of our NashTech family.

“Embrace and respect the challenges”.

Challenges and hurdles are an inherent part of any journey, Cuong advises future Nashers to be gritty and prepared as well as enjoy their career as it unfolds.

Feel inspired by our test leads of the year’s sharing? Visit this link to explore the immersive experience of different positions at NashTech.

DEV Café 2020 – NashTech’s event for .NET enthusiasts

The changing landscape of technology requires those who seek to stay on top of their game to constantly bolster their knowledge of the field. Technology conferences, both online and offline, are being held around the globe with the aim to keep IT workforces up to the minute on the latest innovations and freshest ideas within the industry.

At NashTech, our experts always seek chances to provide young and talented minds with guidance and inspire them to become the type of figure they aspire to be in the IT field. With that in mind, annually, NashTech organises an event named DEV Café – an informative and dynamic .NET-focused occasion which is a part of the global .NET Conf series.

DEV Café – a place where tech enthusiasts gather and discuss everything .NET!

On the 28th of November, a community of tech-savvy individuals huddled at NashTech’s office in Ho Chi Minh city to participate in DEV Café – our in-depth .NET event in collaboration with .NET Conf. Our audiences range from developers to IT major university students all of whom share the same interest and fascination for .NET framework.

The full-day agenda gives our attendees a real chance to deep dive into well-versed .NET sessions. Our experts did not merely introduce the surface of the vast .NET world, in fact, they engage the audiences in various different empirical discussions around the use of this framework as well as how to resolve .NET-related issues.

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The event was divided into seven sessions, specifically:

  • An overview introduction of .NET 5 –
  • Building and securing Blazor application
  • Building GraphQL APIs in .NET
  • Multi-tenancy in microservice architecture
  • High-performance services with gRPC
  • Building distributed cloud-native applications with Dap
  • Practicing ML.NET

The event was based closely on the professional agenda of a .NET Conf event while also breaking down the broad topic of .NET to more digestible and comprehensible presentations as well as gives room for more rigorous discussions between the speakers and attendees.

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NashTech and our talent development programs

At NashTech, one of our main objectives is to help the Vietnamese technology scene thrive as this industry has become an integral part of Vietnam’s economic growth. We believe that our passion and expertise in technology could greatly benefit Vietnamese young talents by consolidating their tech knowledge as well as nurturing their potential.

Through comprehensive and thorough talent development programs is how NashTech retain top talents. NashTech is a promising destination for those who are looking for a chance to contribute and grow at the same time, we express appreciation to our dedicated employees by providing best access to talent development programs.

Join NashTech to experience our well-developed talent development programs!

Read more about what NashTech has to offer here 

 

Software testing – Your career path at NashTech

What is software testing?

In the software development field, Software Quality Control (SQC) ensures a software product meets the defined specifications/requirements. This usually falls in the phase of Review/Testing in the Software Development Life Cycle.

The software testing process consists of all lifecycle activities, both static and dynamic, related to planning, preparation and evaluation of a component or a system to determine whether they satisfy specified requirements and detect defects.

At NashTech, Quality Control Engineers (QC) are responsible for the manual software testing activities in the projects.

QC Engineer career path

Like any other career, QC Engineers at NashTech have a transparent yet flexible development path for them to explore their full potential to switch the career to another path or continue with the software testing career.

There are two main pathways for employees to nurture and develop for a QC Engineer, which are: Technical Career Path and Management Career Path.

For example, if a Test Lead wishes to explore the management path rather than stay in the technical side, he or she will then shift to the Line Management Career Path or Project Management Career Path and develop to become a Test Team Manager or Associate Project Manager respectively.

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Getting started on QC career pathway

If you are considering a career as a QC Engineer, basic knowledge in this field is definitely something you have to be well-prepared. Your understanding of ISTQB Foundation level will be a good place to start. At a more junior level in the testing field, you will be busy with requirement document clarification, test case creation, test execution, reporting and re-testing bugs in the project.

NashTech also offers support and nurtures your growth through various training programs. You will understand more about the software, how it is constructed and where it may fail. Also, individuals will develop greater communication skills and have a good adjustment on the quality of the system as user view experience along with the technical aspects.

Doing Quality Control at the company will help you sharpen not just technical but also soft skills. Being meticulous, having analytical skills, logical thinking and communication skills is what you will have chance to enhance while working as a Nasher.

Growing up as a QC Engineer

Along with the proper knowledge and skills, a QC Engineer is also expected to acquire several qualities to succeed at their job. A person who shows passion, dedication, hardworking, responsibility and dares to challenge themselves is likely someone who achieves accomplishments in their career.

Also, it is important to assess and understand yourself before building your career to make sure the job you choose is a fit for you.

Development in your career requires a great deal of commitment and hard work to show the experience and demonstrated abilities. If you keep learning, growing, taking initiative and stay up to date with the latest trends in your field, there is no mountain that you can’t climb.

3 useful tips to nail your interview with clients

At NashTech, to be assigned on a client project, Nashers, out talented employees, must express their skills and expertise via an interview directly with the client.

Like any other interview, it is no wonder that the process can be intimidating. However, the more time you take in advance to prepare, the more comfortable you’ll feel during the actual interview and the better you’ll impress the client. Thorough preparation plays a key role in the success of a client interview.

In this article, we will offer some tips on how to prepare for an interview with a client.

Conduct comprehensive research

Understanding the organization that is considering your competence does not stop at getting to know the business itself. It is important that you set aside time to research the client’s business domain. Without understanding how the business process works, it can be difficult to understand where it’s going and determine how to build or customize systems to support that direction.

Try to ask yourself some questions about the client, such as:

  • Who is their customer?
  • What are the products and services?
  • How are the products or services provided? (online, phone, in-person sales)
  • How does the organization produce the products or services?
  • What information does the organization manage? Who is responsible for creating, updating, and retiring information? What systems are used to manage the information?

By answering these questions, using the company’s website and other public sources, you can get an insight at the industry of your client, the operation and the potential areas for improvement. This will indicate that you are well-prepared should any questions come up in the interview.

Prepare for a good self-introduction

A good and informative self-introduction is a must. It should cover as many of the client ‘hot spots’ as possible. which requires you to have a good understanding of the technology stack of the project.

For example, if a client interviews you for an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) role, you need to spend more time highlighting your ERP-related experience than any other.

Also, spending time preparing and rehearsing the answers for some potential questions regarding your experience in software development is highly recommended. Let your introduction exude a proactive, energetic attitude so you are sure to impress the interviewer.

Practice your English and communication skills

At NashTech, we excel in delivering complex IT projects internationally. According to our experts, the two things that matter the most for international client are the skills of the candidates and their English. There is an assumption that Vietnamese developers are talented but lack good communication skills. Conveying your ideas disruptively using improper English may show that you lack confidence, no matter how good your skillset is.

You can start by reading the resources that you have become familiar with, but in English. At NashTech, there are monthly courses to improve proficiency in English that you can join, including intensive courses that provide the necessary English ability in the shortest time.

In the time of the Covid-19 pandemic, you may be required to conduct an interview with client online. Learn more about how to impress your interviewers online here

Challenges are meant to test our courage – empowering insights from our team lead of the year

In continuation with our highly anticipated employee appreciation series, which was founded on the basis of honoring individuals with exemplary performance throughout the past year, we would like to introduce you to Chinh Nguyen – who outperformed our expectation and has been awarded with the “team lead of the year 2020” award.

Chinh, and other outstanding individuals who have made their name in the employee of the year award, has become a major source of inspiration for us all at NashTech. By sharing their stories with our fellow Nashers and the wider community, we hope to embolden our current members and encourage future Nasher to join us on this exciting journey.

A look into the life of Chinh Nguyen – a team lead at NashTech

Chinh Nguyen is currently the team lead within the Evolution Wellness Solution project (EWS ODC). He enthusiastically told us that he is aspiring to become a line manager, however, Chinh is fully aware of the technical skills and management skills that he has to hone before achieving this position. In the near future, Chinh shared with us his plan for the next three years is to keep honing his expertise to be appointed to project manager first.

As a team lead, Chinh’s main responsibilities are to assist the team as well as working with the associating departments to deliver sprint goals. Additionally, his scope of work is quite broad since it also entails reviewing code, carrying out training sessions for new members or upskilling sessions for current members, working with technical architects to compose technical approaches for all users in each sprint, and sometimes he plays the role of a developer.

Chinh was happy to share with us that the EWS project has been chosen as the representative project to join NashTech in the process of achieving CMMI 5. Plus, EWS is also the project with technical architecture being presented at a Microsoft event in the United States.

How the culture at NashTech has empowered Chinh to learn and grow

When Chinh was asked about the reason behind choosing NashTech, he proudly shared that since NashTech is ranked within the top 5 of the best ICT companies in Vietnam, makes it the dream workplace for him and many of his friends. 

Chinh is fascinated with how NashTech manages its employees and always leaves room for improvement. The chain of command is well designed and implemented every time a newcomer joins the team. Newcomers are helped and mentored by their senior team members to help understand and accomplish their personal career goals. Chinh believes this approach yields the most accurate and transparent KPI report and avoids any misunderstanding or dispute within the team

Talking about a memory at NashTech, which helps shape who he is today, Chinh recalled when he was assigned with the task to upgrade a system to the latest version in a project. He successfully carried out the task without the help of any business analyst or quality control engineer, only to find out that there was a misunderstanding between the client and him. He got a complaint from the client and was asked to prove himself within two months. Chinh worked hard to regain the client’s trust and build his confidence again, the experience taught him the lesson that following a standard process is of great importance to the success of a project. Also, he maintained that the requirement and scope of a project must be communicated well in order to avoid any assumption that could sabotage the efforts being put into it.

Lastly, we asked Chinh if he had any thoughts or piece of advice for our future Nasher. He shared that NashTech is the right place for those who aspire to reach their full potential as well as receive good benefits package. Learn from what you are currently doing as well as offer to help those that are in charge of your dream position to explore and familiarize yourself with the responsibilities. Keep grinding and you will get there eventually!

Read our previous articles in the series to find out all about the amazing individuals we have here on team NashTech.