Igloo small talk – Ivan

Small talk in the Igloo - Ivan

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During our workday, we love to find time for some small talk to find out more about each other. Learning fun facts is how we develop a sense of community. Also, by understanding what drives us in our work, we can focus on making the most out of it. So, we decided to share who the people of the digital igloo are through quick interviews. Come and meet us one by one.

Tell us who you are and what you do in Deegloo.

Hi, I am Ivan and I work at Deegloo as a Backend Developer.

What does your typical day look like?

My typical day starts by talking and joking with my colleagues in the office while drinking the morning coffee. After quite a bit of laughing, I read emails and messages from our American colleagues from the day before, to see what is going on with the project we’re working on. After getting those I take my next task or the one I haven’t finished and start coding. Since 5 of us from the same project are in the office, we talk about the project a lot while working and kind of help each other all the time. Around noon we have lunch and that is basically time to have a small rest from work and just be silly and talk about everyday life. After lunch, I get back to coding, so I dive into it for a few more hours until the early afternoon when our American colleagues also start working, and when we communicate a lot too.

What drives you in your work?

Solving complex problems, thinking and discussing the solution, and making decisions.

What’s the best part about your position?

The best part for me is joining the meetings where we discuss the high-level solutions for some problems and I can listen to what older and more experienced colleagues think and then have the freedom to implement the desired solution how I think is the best. If my implementation has any flaws it will come out in the review of the merge request and I will learn something new which is of the greatest value to me.

What don’t you like about your job/work?

Sometimes we don’t have the freedom so to say, to get things done in the easiest and most logical way because we’re doing software based on an existing one so we sometimes become limited by its model.

What’s the biggest mistake you’ve made in your career or what ups moment you had?

I know it sounds cliche but I actually forget about those and just remember the lesson I get from them.

What drives you crazy about your job or in your daily activities?

The fact that most of our infrastructure for my project is in the States slows down my development process from time to time. On the other hand, I learned a few tricks which help me go around it so that I am not that dependent on the whole infrastructure.

Which tech stack do you like the most?

Any that has good documentation and online community, but I have mostly worked with Spring Boot framework and its ecosystem of various smaller libraries and dependencies- And I feel good and comfortable with it.

What advice would you give to someone entering this field?

The best way to learn is the method of trial and error, but it also takes a lot of time and nerves sometimes. That is why I suggest finding an older colleague, a senior who is approachable, and squeezing him like a sponge for knowledge.

Do you have any funny or interesting stories that happened here in the company?

A few months back we had a fly inside the office and it had been torturing me for a few hours. It was stubbornly flying down on screens and keyboards, and Ivan and Luka were ignoring it while I was annoyed. I opened the window, but it just ignored it. I would swing with a cloth but she would just dodge it like a ninja. After several attempts, I got crazy while Ivan and Luka were just laughing which made me even angrier cause they didn’t acknowledge the seriousness of the situation.
After numerous tries and a few hours later, I was close to the edge and started swinging with the cloth like a maniac. Then a miracle happened and I managed to stun it with a swing and it just fell down to Ivan’s table where he swiftly finished it with his hand. We all
started cheering, yelling, and laughing like crazy for a couple of minutes cause in the end teamwork is what brought success as always.

Your favorite person to work with?

I love working with Tomislav because he is straightforward, funny, and very smart.

If you can compare your job/work to one movie or show, what would it be?

Matrix and I am a young and foolish Neo.

If you can choose one song to go along with your job or which would make you be really in the zone while working, what would it be?

Fela Kuti – Shuffering and Shmiling

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