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3 Jul 2017

How developers are developed in FieldMotion

in Technical Blog by Kae Verens
No two projects are the same. A person coming moving from FaceBook to Google will be lost for the first month. A person moving from Uber to Yahoo would also be lost. The same is true for all tech companies. When we hire a developer for our workflow management software, we follow a "boot camp" process which gives the developer a grounding in how the workflow system works, and how the code is laid out. New developers spend a month working in the Implementation department, where they develop digital forms for clients and get to understand how the field management software works from the user's perspective. The first month is crucial. New employees are encouraged to spot inefficiencies in how the paperless mobile forms work, and to come up with plans on how they would improve the system if they had the chance. Their plans are added to our internal issues tracker, and worked on over time, either by other developers, or by the new developer. The next month is spent in handling issues. This can be anything from fixing bugs, to reading logs to figure out what happened at specific times. This month teaches the new employee how the system is spread out, and how we arrange our code. Again, this is invaluable, as you cannot be a good developer if you don't have a good understanding of the system. Afterwards, the developer will "gravitate" towards one or more projects to specialise in. Some of our paperless office software solutions overlap (the field service management app and the mobile server, for example), but there's plenty of room in the system for any developer to "own" a section that they can become expert in. We encourage our developers to overlap in their knowledge, so that if Alice is out of the office today, Bob can take over if something comes up. At FieldMotion, we design systems that help you plan your work, but as you can see, we do our best to plan our own internal workings just as rigorously. We intend to be the best workflow management software company in the world, and work constantly towards that goal. image: we've found that pizza helps round them out