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Vincit

The word Vincit comes from Latin and means to conquer, or win. It is more familiar from phrases such as amor vincit omnia and labor omnia vincit. We believe in love for our work, and hard work is what sets us apart.
Chucky Doll

For us developers, the hackfest is more about hacking. My projects were always simple. I didn’t want to be involved in projects that took all my time there. I just like to go there, create a simple project, have a sauna and a few beers. But there were really ambitious projects being implemented at hackfests.

Last year there were a couple of guys who created a doll with a motor rotating head which had a camera inside one of the eyes. They implemented a motion detection and a pattern recognition which recognises people walking by, and the doll followed them and would shout out stuff like “Idiot". It was a really interesting project. And a scary looking doll! It actually looked like a Chucky doll.

The sacrifice

One funny thing about the trip to Iceland was the Silver Kuitunen Cross. During our foreign trips we usually have a couple of planned events for everyone and the rest of the time is free for adventurous discovery. That time, some people wanted to explore the places around so they rented a car and one person had to be a driver. It was Toni Mikkola who drove for a whole day.

He actually sacrificed himself as a driver. Not only was it quite a long drive, but the passengers were also a bit challenging. Afterwards, he was given a Silver Cross of Honour, called Kuitunen Cross, with a great diploma and everything. I guess as it was given once now, it may be given to another person later if the person achieves something great. That person should really put himself or herself on the line for a bunch of colleagues.

About roles

Several months ago there was a person who needed to be introduced to the end customer, a German company.

I was working on that project with Kyösti, who is one of our employees. And I was puzzled, “How am I going to introduce him to the customer?” It promised to be difficult with our randomly selected titles.

I had been working for some time at Nokia and I thought, “Ok, the toughest guys in Nokia are called principal architects”. So I introduced Kyösti to the customer as a principal architect. And the German employee said that he was an executive architect.

Next time, Kyösti will be an executive architect.

Story from
Anssi Kuutti
Passionate Team Leader
Story from
Ari Metsähalme
Passionate Project Lead
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Pasi Kovanen
Passionate Stay-at-home Dad
View from outside
Story from
Sergey Kotlov
Entrepreneur
Dreams

During the interview one thing which impressed me was language the folks used. Our intentions and behaviour are reflected in and shaped by our words. Dream is an everyday word at Vincit.

Mikko spoke about dreams when he was describing the purpose of the company. Johanna spoke about dreams when she was discussing the hiring process. Pasi spoke about dreams while explaining how they form project teams. It is inspiring to hear the leaders of the company talking this way. It is even more inspiring to see that the company lives this way.

Our rituals

Open sauna

Every month we have a roof-top sauna rented. People can go there to eat pizza, drink beer and visit the sauna. Being very popular in the beginning, fewer amounts of people participate these days. It’s not bad at all. The sauna is not big enough to accommodate more than 150 Vincitizens.

Afternoon tea

Once per month we get together at the office to discuss how the things are going, listen to the leaders and share food. During the event, the Helsinki office joins via a video call and we talk about a range of issues. 

Afternoon Tea is a time for us to know how the company did in the previous months and praise the colleagues who showed high commitment to our values. The leaders share information about sales, upcoming gigs, new initiatives. Mikko, our CEO, answered any questions he received via email or during the event.

Team building seminar

Every year the whole team go abroad for several days. We call it a team-building seminar. Of course, it’s not a seminar at all. It’s a short trip full of adventures to get to know each other better. Check a couple of photos from our latest trip to Iceland.

Winter Olimpics

During the coldest time of the year, the teams compete with each other in multiple outdoor winter activities to win a noble trophy which they hold till the next Games. After all the snow battles are over and the hot chocolate is done, the participants move indoors to enjoy a traditional sauna, hot food, board and monitor games.

Hackfest

In the fall we have a whole weekend hackfest. We rent several cabins in the forest, split into groups of 4-5 persons and spend hours coding and making whatever products we want. It’s the event for sharpening our skills and showing off our creativity.

Different teams choose different approaches. Someone decides to hack a little bit and try as many new options as possible. Others prefer to stick to one project and complete it within 48 hours. Anssi shared an amazing story about a Chukky doll. If you missed it, it’s time to go back and read.  

Vincit movie night

Once in a while we go to the cinema and watch a shitty movie with a whole company. Afterwards, we invade the nearest pub and talk about it. We usually have many quite opposing opinions, and hot discussions are required and the most fun part of the event.

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We live
by values

You could make any decision that makes our working life better: no budget, no regulations

You could easily change a project if you find it not aligning with your goals.

We try to be as transparent as possible including salaries. However it's your choice if you want to show your salary to the colleagues or not.

We have mentors and external life coaches who help you to grow personally and professionally.

We have a competence development bonus. If you write a blog or participate in open source projects, we compensate up to 10 hours per month.

Vincit customer path
1.
Getting to know
We will help you with software development from idea to maintenance. Customer Manager helps you to find a suitable solution and to acquaint you with Vincit's practices. From our guide for software buyer, you will get instant tips for a successful project.
2.
Agile Software Development
During the project, your guide will serve as a project leader. However the whole project team will come to your location if it's important for the end result. We use Agile development methods to build products. Each version of the software is tested before the release.
Kickoff
Kickoff is a project kick-off meeting. We get to know each other, we agree together on development methods and we go through the business objectives. We form a joint vision of where we are and what direction to move. By looking at business objectives we want to ensure that we do the right things.
Workshop
The project progresses in short development cycles. At the beginning of every period we have a workshop, where we agree on the goals and features to be implemented in the next period. We also present what have been done in the previous period. After each development phase the software is immediately tested by us.
Daily communications
We work closely with you. We agree together on the communication methods we use. Every day we communicate electronically and by phone. Larger issues are always resolved in a face-to-face manner. If something is unclear, we can always ask.
Meeting
During project's steering group meeting, you get a clear overview of the situation of the project and its budget.
Retrospective
Retrospective is a workshop with a goal to improve continuously the quality of our cooperation. On the retrospective we look at how we work together, and we brainstorm specific ways to improve it.
Publication
Publication means a deployment of the completed software to a wider audience. The date of the publication is always agreed upon before the start of the development cycle. At the same time we agree on the features that will be included in a new release.
Project resolution
Achieving the end of the development phase is always a reason to celebrate together. At Project Closing Party we decide and agree upon further development, maintenance and service operations. After that the software moves within the scope of continuous development.
Customer inquiries
We want to keep our customers satisfied. Therefore we always ask for your opinion how well we succeeded. By sharing your experience you help us to serve you better.
3.
Continuing service
We will make further development, support and maintenance for your project during the entire software life cycle. At the end of the development project, and after the introduction we continue to develop the solution further, if desired. We go on a regular basis through the results, goals and objectives, as well as working on new ideas for you. We also help gather analytics of the usage of the software.
Service Control Meeting
At Service Control meeting, we create short- and long-term plans and our expectations for operations. We ensure that our services correspond to your needs.
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Our initiatives

Koodikoulu — code school for kids

Started as a private project by Juha Paananen, an employee at Reaktor, Koodikoulu became popular very fast.

We supported this fantastic initiative without a doubt and hosted the school in our Tampere office. We deliver the knowledge mixed with Vincit’s spirit by spicing the process up with our famous black ducks, running around and helping kids to find solutions for the most challenging problems.

Vincit Teatime

Being software enthusiasts ourselves we understand the importance of continuous growth and how a dev community helps us with it. We try to do as much as possible to pay back, and Teatime is our way to say thank you to others and help them to thrive.

Teatime is a tech conference organised and run by Vincit. The conference is open for students and tech specialists. We invite great experts to share their knowledge in different areas from continuous deployment to high load.  

PAST CONFERENCES

Case Käyttöauto: Google Glass
JYRKI TURUNEN & HANNU RANTA
TEATIME 2015.1
Sekaisin mobiilista
JUHARIIPPI
TEATIME 2014
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