Some of the achievements we are most proud of are migrating Innomate’s platform from version 2 to version 3 with newer technologies and implementing the SCRUM framework for software development.
The team in Wirtek and their colleagues in Innomate forged a strong partnership that goes beyond collaborating smoothly on a day to day basis.
As the distributed development team has been working fully remotely from several locations from day one (Denmark, Sweden, Kenya and Romania), close and transparent communication has been essential.
We maintained such close communication through daily SCRUM meetings and frequent one-to-one meetings. Weekly QA meetings and UI meetings also help identify improvement opportunities, and retrospective meetings are a good occasion for learning what to do better next time. To keep all team members aligned on progress and goals, all development-ready items are presented after daily SCRUM meetings and backlog items are presented to the entire team regularly in what we call “walkthrough meetings”.
Furthermore, people in Innomate made a tradition out of visiting their Wirtek colleagues every year, spending one week in Cluj to code side by side. These yearly visits are also a good occasion to get to know each other on a personal level and for the Danish team to learn a bit about Transylvania and the local culture.
Knowledge sharing inside the distributed team has always been important, so the team takes time to do pair programming whenever possible as well as organizes weekly study groups.
At Wirtek we believe that great interpersonal relationships are the underlying foundation of any successful business partnership and our cooperation with Innomate goes to prove just that.
Spending time face-to-face, connecting on a personal level and emerging into each other’s culture have created a sense of unity and trust within the team. And that, in turn, helped the team be more performant.
The close relationship among the distributed development team members, alongside the technical skills and commitment of people in Wirtek and the flexibility in always finding solutions, are the factors behind our long term collaboration.