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.

What you need to know about the career path for a Quality Assurance Engineer at NashTech

Do you hear the term “Quality Assurance” all the time? Do you wonder what exactly it is?

Are you curious about what will it be like to be a Quality Assurance Engineer at NashTech? Do you want to explore the career roadmap for this job?

Let’s find out more!

What is Quality Assurance?

Quality is an attribute of a product or service and is achieved through a process, which is the set of activities that is performed to produce a product or a service.

QA focuses on improving processes to ensure that organizations deliver qualified/good products/services to customers. Once processes are consistent, there is the assurance that quality with the same level will be incorporated into any product or service produced by that process.

As such, software quality assurance (SQA) aims to assure software engineering processes, activities and work items are monitored and comply with the defined standards, which typically are the CMMI model, ISO 9000, ISO 9001, ISO15504, etc.

Quality assurance vs. Quality Control

Quality products and services mean that they are defect-free and meet certain requirements and customers’ needs. And both quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) are aspects of quality management. While of the two, quality assurance is more important, these two terms are often used collaterally. However, although some quality assurance and quality control activities are interrelated, there are distinct differences between the two concepts.

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Source: http://www.theagilityedge.com/agilityblog/2009/11/quality-control-and-quality-assurance

Quality assurance at NashTech

Like any other role at NashTech, there is a transparent yet flexible career development path for Quality Assurance Engineers, which is illustrated below:

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At each level, there are specific requirements which vary from project to project, the general qualifications for Quality Assurance jobs at NashTech can be listed as:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science
  • Good English skills
  • Knowledge of CMMI, AGILE, SCRUM, KANBAN
  • Understand other Quality Management Systems (ISO, TQM, ITIL …)
  • CSQA certificate is a plus
  • Diagnostic and problem-solving skills
  • Technical aptitude to quickly learn new software products
  • Able to understand, and convey, the Developers and the Customers viewpoints
  • Strong communication skills, be good at documenting work, and must be able to work well with different groups

What the expert says?

To understand more about what it will be like to do Quality Assurance at NashTech, we had a chat with Ms. Ly Vo, our Quality Assurance Manager. According to Ms. Ly, if you have experience in the IT field, especially in software development in any position such as developer, business analyst, project manager, or quality control, it would be a plus for you to pour yourself into the quality assurance path.

Besides, a good Quality Assurance Engineer (QAE) is also someone who acquires these qualifications:

  1. Optimal goal is quality: QAE will need to be keen on enhancing quality as if you are enhancing your personal reputation.
  2. Research more: Doing extra research on quality standards and requirements of the industry you are working in, to reinforce the fundamental knowledge as well as acquire new one, isvital . For example, if you are a QAE in software development, what are the quality standards of a software? Customers tend to use a software because it meets their needs, defect-free and the functions are easy to use. As such, having a strong background in IT is a must if you are a Software Quality Assurance Engineer.
  3. Be a team player AND a consultant: Ms. Ly emphasized that a good quality assurance professional is someone who not only attains strong knowledge in improving processes’ quality but is also a good team player. Supporting, consulting colleagues, sharing knowledge, tips or even defects, should all be taken into account. By doing these, processes and outputs with highest quality will be optimized and assured.

Ms. Ly also shared some additional aspects on doing quality assurance at NashTech. At the company, talents will be trained and provided with more understanding and practical knowledge about software development processes, which is lacking from most Vietnamese universities’ education programs. The training program at NashTech will last for at least two months and later, talents will be guided to practice for six months in order to fully understand the quality management system. While working at NashTech, talents will also have opportunities to learn and gain deep knowledge in a broad spectrum, including project management, analysis, architecture, testing, implementation, etc.

With the goal of becoming an expert in quality assurance, Ms. Ly emphasized that QA professionals at NashTech need to continuously learn from real projects and the surrounding environment, adapting to the latest business trends in order to efficiently evaluate the current processes as well as design any potential new ones. From that, we can assure that the process and its outputs will meet our own as well as clients’ standards and requirements.

Eager to know more about what QA professionals talk about their journey of doing quality assurance at NashTech? Let’s take a look at the article about Toan Nguyen, Quality Assurance of the Year 2020.

 

Key interpersonal skills you most certainly need to excel at work

Interpersonal skills are defined as the set of skills people own by which decide the way they communicate and interact with others. By its direct link with soft skills and emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills insinuate how one manage the relationships that they have collected over time and resolve any impending conflicts.

Within the workplace context, which is more than often a people-filled and team-oriented environment, interpersonal skills have proven itself to be vital in any aspects of the operation. Possessing a great level of interpersonal skills will give you the advantage of dealing with group projects, “oiling the wheels” of any interaction and handling discord.

Some of the major components that make up a person’s interpersonal skills are communication, active listening, empathy, problem solving and the ability to be open to feedback. These skills are not something that could be learned overnight, rather, interpersonal skills should be cultivated with constant efforts on a daily basis.

  1. Communication skills

Having clear communication both verbally and non-verbally is the foundation of any strong and resilient organization. Tasks could only be carried out and completed proficiently when communication is there to keep everyone in the loop about the expectation and requirements regarding the job.

Communication is also essential in voicing your concerns and issues to higher management within the chain, a culture of transparency and clarity throughout the entire mechanism is what leads a company to greater success.

Find out more about the importance of effective communication here

  1. Listening skills

Monitoring your listening skills could also facilitate communication since these two are interrelated most of the time, especially at workplace. Active listening shows your boss and fellow colleagues your level of engagement during both formal meetings and informal discussions.

Plus, paying close attention to information being shared by others at work could make them feel more valued and respected which would strengthen your relationship with them and collaborate with ease.

  1. Demonstrating empathy and understanding

Empathy is of essence to workplace atmosphere. Employees will be reluctant to come to work if their boss and colleagues do not practice compassion and show understanding to the difficulties they might have been facing.

This quality can be found among people that are highly intuitive with a great grasp of emotional . Empathy and understanding enables you to relate and express sympathy towards people’s problems at work as well as help you get along with them.

  1. Problem solving

It’s fair to say that most our time at work is spent dealing with tasks and solving problems stemming from them. We could all agree that it’s an inherent part of any job and the ability to be prepared and ready to solve any of these problems is indispensable.

Honing your problem-solving skills could significantly facilitate your process of working your way up the career ladder since it is one of the most important qualities people at the top management should possess.

Explore the DO’s and DON’Ts while sharpening your problem-solving skills with us here

  1. Openness to feedback

People who easily get defensive towards different perspectives and feedback often lack interpersonal skills.

It is important to listen to feedback so you can learn about your piece of work from different viewpoints and to adjust / apply new ideas where possible and relevant. This is a highly needed practice in the process of refining your piece of work as well as enhanced productivity.

At NashTech, we seek to create and nurture an environment which facilitates the interpersonal skills development of our employees. We embrace everyone’s way of expressing themselves at the office since NashTech believe that each of our valued employee contributes to the lively and amiable workplace that we are lucky to have.

Read more about people at NashTech here.