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 Once one of these changes has been completed, often the organisational structure becomes outdated and the whole thing starts all over again.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.
“Almedalsveckan” (Almedalen Week). An 8-day political event in Gotland, Sweden that attracts 40 000 visitors. This is where all of Sweden’s most influential politicians, journalists, and industry leaders meet. More than 4000 events, seminars, and meetups are organized during the week and representatives from all medias, industries, political parties and non-profit organizations are there to put their topic on the agenda. Continue reading
The Deutsche Telekom uses test automation with Testbirds. In the video on the cooperation Alexander Gunnar Kiefer, technical project manager at Deutsche Telekom GmbH, shows the reasons of using test automation, explains the benefits for the telecommunication company and reveils some best praticses for other companies.
Since 2015, the Deutsche Telekom is working on optimising their e-mail products. If you are a private customer of the company and have an e-mail address with …@t-online.de at the end, you directly benefit from the testing and optimising. Continue reading
Start-up, Scale-up, Business Angel, Unicorn, Venture capital – What do all these terms describe? Let’s have a guess… maybe “start-up” or “scale-up” is a kind of a call to action? No, it is not. “Business angel” and “unicorn”, maybe these are two creatures one can find in a fantasy novel? No, they are not. So, what does these terms refer to? We all have heard at least one or two of these terms already because we encounter them almost every day when scrolling through news websites, newspapers and the business press. They are used in articles about young, innovative and ambitious companies in the IT industry. We tend to use these terms in a way which suggests that we are absolutely familiar with their meaning. But on can imagine that in truth it is not clear for everybody what for example “scale-up” describes. That is why in the following lines I will spend some time to explain what a start-up is, what scale-up requirements are and where one can find business angels, unicorns and venture capital.
Only 15 percent of employees in an IT company are female – that is the reality in German IT firms according to BITKOM. Quite few, right? That is why in this edition of our blog series “Women in IT” I would like to talk about women in the IT sector in general and at Testbirds.
A few months back we revealed our Global Real Device Network to the world: the testing solution that enables true remote testing on real devices within our globally distributed crowd of testers. With this blog post, I would like to take you back to the fundamentals of this unique solution, that combines the flexibility and scalability of crowdtesting, with the efficiency and convenience of cloud-based testing. Continue reading