September is always the exciting month of the year for all the Apple fans. Now, lots of them will go crazy today: the new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 plus are available in stores.
“Terms from the world of IT explained” is a series of blog posts that explain the origin of common IT terms. We often use them in our daily life, but do we know where they come from?
The second part of this series will explain what a “cookie” is and will give you some background information about the mysterious origins of the term.
The last principle of our organisational concept “Orga 4.0” is transparency and the underlying worldview we base our actions on. Sound very philosophical to you? I will explain in this post what we mean by it at Testbirds.
Let’s talk about UX! Meet us at #dmexco17 for expert insights and a chance to win a UX workshop including €4,000 testing credit! On September 13th and 14th, Europe’s digital world experts will meet in Cologne. As there will be a full program of practice oriented presentations by top international speakers and many new impulses for the digital world, of course Testbirds will be there! Continue reading
My Role at Testbirds is a series of blog posts that give insights into the daily life at the office. Every so often, one of our employees will introduce you to his or her line of work and share some helpful tips.
This week features our team member Susanne Reichert who is responsible for making Testbirds famous in the DACH market, as Senior PR and Marketing Manager.
As part of my blog series about our organisation principle Orga 4.0, I’d like to share some thoughts today about creating a company that is constantly changing its structure – an evolutionary organisation. All companies sooner or later go into large restructuring and change processes. These large, time-consuming processes become necessary when parts of the structure don’t work anymore, in order to keep the organisation healthy and prosperous. Once one of these changes has been completed, often the organisational structure becomes outdated and the whole thing starts all over again.
Virtual reality is transforming the world around us. From gaming to cinema, virtual reality provides an unprecedented experience by placing the user in a literal world of fantasy. However, due to the level of immersion of VR, it is essential that there is a rigorous testing process before the device is released to the public. Arguably the most important aspect of VR testing is Quality Assurance. Unlike the testing of software and apps, VR involves a full body experience. Therefore, it is necessary to monitor the functionality of the app and the comfortability of the user experience.
In a fast growing firm, there is often a lack of clarity concerning who is doing what and who is in charge of what – between and even within departments. This is because new tasks and challenges come up on a nearly daily basis and a lot of the functions that huge companies have are not ready to be filled full time yet.
In the past years as a founder the growth of our company has brought some interesting challenges. One of them was communication in the company – it’s a big difference if you start with only three founders, then have a small team and ultimately work in several physical offices. Every step requires a different form of communication and I would like to share some learnings I have drawn from this experience.
Today, I’d like to share some insights about decision-making. At Testbirds, this is the first of our four “principles of organisation” – which we call “Orga 4.0”. As we’ve grown, we’ve needed to consider how to maintain a flat hierarchy without compromising our ability to make decisions efficiently. Who should be the decision-maker? Is that always the responsibility of the founders? Surely not. Majority vote? Also not. Middle management? We don’t have it and we don’t believe in it (see my previous article on that). Instead, we asked ourselves how the best decisions are made: by having all the relevant information, being able to understand the consequences of your decisions and aiming for the best outcome for your team and the company as a whole.