Harmony at QED 2017

The eleventh QED Conference that was held from May 7 to May 9, in Zadar, gathered more than 200 participants. The participants learned how to build a stimulating and encouraging working environment and how to create harmony inside organizations and teams, through lessons, workshops, and practical examples.

The software industry, as well as most of other industries and sectors, are all facing the same problem – how to turn the business and organizational chaos into order. How to create a corporate culture in which, despite everyday challenges, harmony is achieved, and employees remain productive, innovative and creative?

Last year’s keynote speaker, Richard Sheridan, the CEO of the company Menlo Innovations and the author of the book Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love, revealed how he managed to build a team culture based on the business value – joy: ‘’There was a time in my life, in which I didn’t know what do to. I was working, and the job was never done. I fell out of love with my own profession and found myself in total chaos. That’s when I realized it’s time for change. I realized that the company’s structure should be simple, measurable and visible, and that the focus should be on human relations. So, we began experimenting. Our teams work in pairs, on a single computer, we have an open office, daily stand-up meetings, headphones are strictly forbidden in the workplace, chatting as well, and our employees are free to bring their children with them to the office. Can you even imagine all of this in your organization?“

Phaedra Boinodiris, the IBM leader for serious gaming and gamification, revealed to the participants how to solve complex problems through computer games concept. Many experts, such as Joachim Gucker and Thorsten Gressling from company ARS Computer und Consulting, and Tihomir Cirkvenčić from IBM, showed through practical examples how they achieved harmony inside their organizations.

Marin Trošelj from STEMI and his roundtable guests, students Marta Paladin, Magda Topić and Fran Zekan showed that synergy is needed to achieve harmony. Despite numerous problems in educational institutions, which bring down the passion and love for discovering and creating, they managed to keep their passion thanks to the teachers and mentors who have been selflessly dedicating their free time. Older generations should invest in young people, and young people should use this knowledge in the best possible way to make the society and the world in which we live in a better place.

Besides the main topic of the conference, special attention was drawn to lectures on current IT industry topics, such as PSD2 directive, Blockchain, DevOps and the cloud.

The best way to introduce changes and improvements is to test or experiment. A ready-to-use model that can be implemented into the organization, and which will turn chaos into order will hardly ever exist. Nevertheless, QED 2017 Conference has shown the participants numerous ways to achieve that. You should try to experiment! So will CROZ, because that is the topic of this year’s QED Conference which will be held in May 2018.

Published 19.10.2016.

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