Last week began with news of our graphics designer, Rohan Desai, making the leap forward to becoming India’s next comedy star by winning the RAW Comedy India contest. His compelling act put him ahead of some well-established comedians and with it a ticket to perform at one of the biggest comedy events in the world: the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Every day we do have the choice to be happy, and if we didn’t for some reason or the other, someone at Axelerant invariably ended up sharing theirs, and such joys have had a far-reaching effect. It’s not just about our big client wins, awesome customer feedback or success during business events that we’re proud of, but also the individual and more personal achievements like that of Rohan’s and another from the week, when Michael Cannon shared his Global Photo Challenge win.
Being a distributed workforce, these steady exchanges, and open interactions have made for a great work culture so much so that office politics and formalities are unheard of here. And if you thought doling out diamonds and heartfelt compliments were the norm, you’d be mistaken, as when it’s time to call a spade a spade, we do it and sometimes even to the extent of digging critically deep with the hope of bringing the best of individuals and teams.
Another noticeable difference at Axelerant is a cherished sense of togetherness, despite being a widely distributed setup. Although many of us haven’t met all our colleagues, including our recruiters, we make it a point to connect when it town, during conferences, and retreats – like the one we’re having in a couple of weeks time at the foothills of Himalayas.
The other day a DrupalCamp Orlando presenter reached out enquiring about remote-working, and during subsequent interactions, he was keen to know more about our 100% on-time delivery track record and what the average day of a remote-working developer at Axelerant was like. While I had my views, this seemed a wonderful opportunity to hear in detail from our location independent team-mates what their work-life at Axelerant was like.
A Drupal developer colleague, Malabya, said he loved his average day being location independent at Axelerant, and that he enjoyed working with loud music playing on his speakers. Further, to quote him on his normal day at Axelerant, “Working on MNN.com, with a focus on bugs and more recently on new design changes so I have to code and develop new things daily. It’s quite fun and a joy ride with all the complications and the need for successful execution.” While on the successful execution front, another colleague and an avid Drupaler, Bassam, seemed to trust the developer philosophy “When we build, let us think that we build forever” and we agree.
While there many more reasons for our successes in delivery, including our competence with automation, mature processes and control structures, it’s the developer talent and the fun team culture that makes a world of difference. What helps us make an impact is having passionate people on the team, and they are not the young but also seasoned project managers who are as lively.
The other day one of our project managers had gone the extra mile, in fact, 18 hours without sleep, to ensure a priority client requirement was delivered and followed it up with company web product development – he must love his work, no? Another Project Manager traveled some distance through public transport and navigated bad weather after that, all in time to train Drupal newcomers during the Global Training Day. It was worth it, especially when the attendees during the 3 hours session were able to create their personal Drupal website.
Only time will tell how much Axelerant’s accomplish during their work-life, but one thing’s for sure the team’s culture as envisioned by the founders will not be compromised – after all it’s such cultural-fit team-mates we are looking out for all the time. Want to be a part? Let us know how passionate you are about your career, your involvement with recent projects, thoughts on organizational culture and other learnings you might want to share with us. The bottom-line is we want you to be happy and awesome at Axelerant.