Think back to when you were a child. Did you know right away who you want to be? For instance, Oleksandr Zhminko, Biz Dev Representative, changed several scenarios of his adult life and now he is exactly where he belongs. The main thing has not changed though: today our guest helps people as he once planned. Having created an investment community at Innovecs, Oleksandr promotes financial literacy among Innovecsers. Passion for British humor, molecular cuisine, and classic rock — that is him too.
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November 24, 2021
“Look around. This wonderful world is full of inspiration,” — Anton Pecherytsia, Site Manager at Innovecs
The ability to maintain enthusiasm even in times of failure is the driving force behind all successful people. Why it is important to inspire others and be inspired yourself, how to maintain morale, and what it means to be Inspiring — we addressed these and other questions to Anton Pecherytsia, Site Manager at Innovecs.
November 19, 2021
“Challenge Yourself And Head To Your Heights,” — Inna Zinovieva, Software Engineer
What does it take to discover the mountains? An active member of our InnoClub community, Software Engineer (React) Inna Zinovieva, shares her experience and tips on hiking. What could be better than mountains? Only mountains that you discover for the first time! They inspire, restore the balance of strength and energy, helping you to feel true freedom. In the early fall, the Innovecsers got together to arrange the first joint Carpathian adventure, a hike in the mountains, to see the most beautiful landscapes with their own eyes and test endurance. And the first challenge our teammates faced was preparing for the hike and not-so-friendly weather.
November 18, 2021
“I've been playing consoles since I was three — now I create games worth $1 million.” The story of the Head of Innovecs Gaming
Oleksii Isaiev heads the Gaming department at Innovecs, ranked among the best outsourcers in the world. Prior to his joining, the five-member department worked on two projects. Today, it is a full-fledged studio developing games for Supersonic, Jam City, and Zynga. The annual turnover of Innovecs Gaming is $11 million. The original version was published in the Ukrainian MC.today where Oleksii shared how he built a gaming studio and why there is no feeling of a “ceiling” in the gaming industry. Below is the English version of the article for our readers.
November 18, 2021
Ihor Kanivets, Advanced DevOps: "Our team holds on to each other beyond work"
No matter what is going on around you, and whatever obstacles or difficulties you face, it’s not so bad when your family has your back. You courageously go through life: you get up at dawn, cover kilometers one-on-one with your thoughts, and then confidently walk up the career ladder. A path to your goal is even easier when your colleagues are friends and work is among the sources of inspiration. Today our focus is on Ihor Kanivets, Advanced DevOps, and this is his story.
November 11, 2021
Andrii Bosak, Technical Support Specialist: “I am proud to work at Innovecs”
We all need to be proud of ourselves, don’t we? Seeing our little wins, celebrating them, getting inspired, and conquering new heights. Andriy Bosak, the Technical Support Specialist, told inFocus how Innovecs had given him a few more reasons to be proud and shared his thoughts on motivation, unshakeable values, and good rest.
November 09, 2021
Daria Nesvitailo, Senior Software Engineer: “In the community, you meet like-minded people and spend unforgettable time with them”
Sometimes our dreams happen to grow out of certain challenges, while inner strength builds upon the lack of constant support. We set ourselves high goals and go for it against all odds and still we learn to enjoy this difficult, exciting path. Daria Nesvitailo, the Senior Software Engineer, shed a little light on her life journey.
October 29, 2021
Viktor Sobolivsky, Senior Full-Stack Software Engineer: “I realized a simple truth — I'm getting happier”
Viktor Sobolivskyi, the Senior Full Stack Software Engineer, has learned to draw inspiration and happiness from simple things. In fact, what is happiness, and how to recognize it? In addition to this question, we also discussed a number of crucial things, such as energy in the team and the company as a whole, plans for the future, and secrets of maintaining balance.
October 27, 2021
“Remove distractions and devote yourselves to the task,” — Oleksandr Lekhtsier, Junior QA Manual at Innovecs
Both in the office and at home, there is always something that does not allow us to immerse ourselves in tasks. New videos, a message from a friend, a sticker from the family, an invitation to a meeting, feedback from the team — all this arrives with different sounds on our devices. It is easy to get distracted even for ten seconds, and restoring concentration is far from being easy and quick. We asked Oleksandr Lekhtsier, Junior QA Manual at Innovecs, what helps him stay Focused.
October 26, 2021
Oleksandr Zagrebelnyi, QA Manual at Innovecs: “Thanks to the corporate culture, the company exudes warmth”
Nobody can tell you about a company better than its employees. Firstly, because this is the only true reflection of the atmosphere, and secondly, we know how to listen and want to improve. We are confident that Innovecs has the best, most talented, and unshallow people. Therefore, we decided to make this questionnaire and talk heart-to-heart about everything in the world. The first in this section is Oleksandr Zagrebelnyi, QA Manual at Innovecs.
October 22, 2021
Svitlana Rumiantseva, Project Manager: "I want to see happiness around. And it is usually in small things"
In addition to unconditional professionalism, each Innovecser is a unique inner world with its childhood and adult dreams, challenges, difficulties, ambitions, and beyond. We all brought our own stories to the company. And inFocus is an opportunity to share them and get a little closer to each other. Today inFocus welcomes Svitlana Rumyantseva, Project Manager. This is how our heart2heart interview went. Who did you dream of becoming as a child? I dreamed of becoming a lawyer and defending people’s rights. The most challenging question for me has always been whether I could defend the guilty. I haven’t come up with an answer, even after graduation. Back in the day, I wanted to be a lawyer to uphold justice. How important is family support in becoming an individual and a professional? Were you supported in choosing a career path? Support is critical. Its impact is difficult to overestimate. I realized this, probably at the age of 27. Since I wanted to be a lawyer, I went to study at the law academy. At the end of the fifth year, I realized that I would not be a lawyer. Politics and public administration seemed more interesting to me. My family didn’t stop me; it was me who thought, “Why did I study at all?”. Then I continued my studies, and after graduate school, I did a degree in a completely different specialty — political science. Obviously, I am not a political scientist now. However, during my postgraduate studies, I began to study management not only in the state but also in the project type, which I really liked. Now I want to thank my family, who did not reproach me about the time spent, telling me something like: “You’ve wasted ten years, both specialties are no longer needed, and you are in the middle of nowhere.” Therefore, support is vital. And even if support is not active but passive — being able not to interfere with the development of others. What qualities do you think are most important in your profession? It’s sociability and everything that no one reads in the classic “proper” resume. Stress resistance, purposefulness — these are the qualities. On the one hand, this is a pun, but in fact, a lot is built on those features. Also, I would point out multitasking and the ability to react quickly to circumstances. If something is already out of control, you must first respond to the problem, and only then be afraid that something may not work out. I adore myself for being optimistic. I vote for giggling once more than falling into depression, which no one needs. Practice shows that it is difficult to get angry, despair, and give up when someone smiles and supports you. So is this your superpower that helps you, the team, and inspires other people? Maybe. It’s always good to have someone around who can say with a smile, “It’s no big deal. We’ll figure it out together.” If I can be this person for my surroundings, that’s great. What does your typical workday look like? Sometimes it seems that all working days are the same, but it is nothing like that in reality. Every day is about communicating with numerous people, solving problems, questions, planning for the future, and monitoring what went wrong. Of course, all this is mixed with letters, reports, processing and writing documentation, maintaining contact with all stakeholders. In other words, each of my days is very different and very similar to the previous ones at the same time. What challenges do you encounter in your daily work? As a rule, the most difficult is the challenge of the communication type: to agree, encourage, persuade, approve. Negotiation issues are the most difficult, as they often lie in different areas, for example, the team or the customers. It is imperative to understand everyone and reach a win-win condition. Generally speaking, what is the most difficult thing in your work? Having time and choosing a quality solution in specific conditions. The main task of the manager and me, in particular, is to create the most productive working conditions so that everything is done under the agreement. Sometimes it is necessary to do it before a specific time, on a certain date, or to ease the team’s workload, giving up everything and paying attention to a particular issue. In addition, I have to call everyone, discuss everything, help, and so on. Therefore, the most difficult thing is to squeeze in 24 hours. What helps you in this? It’s the priority system: first, we do the important thing, then comes another important thing, but the one that can wait a bit. Often, tasks that directly affect customers are automatically prioritized. Likewise, the same pertains to controversial issues within the team. I try to plan the day in a way that I deal with work blockages by noon and then do the rest. Therefore, prioritization is our everything. And what is most interesting in your work? Each challenge is exciting in its own way. The most remarkable people constantly surround me; thus, communication is the most complex and exciting. Daily contact with the team and stakeholders always encourages self-development because I learn a lot from them. I am driven by challenges, the process of solving them, and reaching the result. And how do you feel when you see the result? This is the feeling of Zen. We move toward it every day, solving some problems along the way. I rejoice when I see the results of my work and manage to help the team and clients; when the team flaunts its achievements, I see the clients’ positive emotions caused by us. Every little victory is very inspiring. How do you assess the cohesion of your team? How does this affect the result and quality of the task performed? We have a very friendly team, and I think that’s crucial. There are managers supporting work processes in the team purely, but I favor the atmosphere in the team that is family-like and friendly. When you work in cohesion, everyone has a common goal, vision, and one desired result. Unity means you understand each other right away. Everyone knows each other’s thoughts, who does what, what one enjoys and wants. And this motivates me to get things done, help instead of blocking or setting someone up. I like that we have such an atmosphere throughout the gaming division, regardless of the project. Is there a practice in your team where everyone can freely speak their minds? Sure, but certain filtering must be considered, of course — turning information into positive. If it is critical feedback, then it should be constructive. Everyone is mindful of politeness and diplomacy. We focus not only on the result and teamwork but also on personal growth, so everyone is happy to receive constructive feedback on the work. In your opinion, how will technology change your profession in the future? Hopefully, for the better. Developing new games, in any case, will require constant communication and creativity, so it would be nice to see technology help engage the team. Lack of communication can be particularly acute in the distributed and remote teams. I hope that in the future, thanks to technology, we will see: An opportunity to invest less time in the development of new content and have more time for learning, self-development, and family; Technologies becoming lighter and more intuitive for use by both developers and non-technicians; Remote mode getting more smooth and convenient. I totally would like to see positive changes in the remote mode, not only maintaining but also improving the team’s engagement regardless of location. I’d be interested in seeing what it would look like in 5-10 years. But I am positive that communication will remain in the foreground. How should one start learning your profession? I would advise being curious and trying to stay like that all the time. It is essential to read, listen, communicate with people in this field as much as possible. This is how theory is developed as a basis for the practical use of skills. For example, I started my journey as a project coordinator in website development, and in my free time, I practiced making prototypes and mockups. First, I recreated popular services and then came up with my own schemes. Therefore, there are three pillars: curiosity, theory, and practice. What are you studying now, and what would you like to learn in the future? Today I learn everything from my team. Since I am not a technical person, I have an open field of new knowledge and skills in front of me, and I am happy to learn how everything works. In addition, project tasks encourage me to deal with a variety of tools. I have a lot of interesting work ahead that is related to the marketing and analytics of the product we are working on. I have to learn a lot of new things. But this is awesome. In fact, there are a million areas where you can (and in a certain period of time — should) develop. That is, the novelty does not scare you? It is very unreasonable to think that one can know everything. On the contrary, it is essential to be clear about how little you know because that is what motivates you to develop and constantly grow your value. Is there a work/life balance and clear boundaries between work and life outside it? I have no clear borderline between work and life. I can even say that I’ve never had one. Furthermore, I often think about work at home, on weekends, and during vacation. It isn’t easy to let it go because I also plan everything at home. Work and private life always intersect, and so far, I can’t say that it bothers me very much. I may want to draw the line someday, but now it seems difficult to do so for a managerial position. Sometimes a reaction to external or internal issues is required at a very unexpected moment. Do you have new hobbies/hobbies/activities since joining Innovecs? Probably not. However, I assume that the Innovecs’ environment encouraged me to move from dream to action. Thanks partly to my colleagues, I decided to buy a motorcycle. We took trips with our Moto Community, and it was incredible. It seems that if it were not for this motivation from the Community, I would not have dared to buy a motorcycle this moto-season. Innovecs is great no matter what you do and what you would like to do. A variety of Communities constantly is a call to action. You can’t be inert. What inspires you? I’m looking for inspiration in the results. They motivate me to move on to new achievements. I can’t stand still, and I feel bad if nothing happens for half a day. In general, I am very grateful to my colleagues because if I seem to give up at a certain point, the team comes with results and achievements and invigorates me. It’s a kind of perpetual motion machine. What motivates you to stay at Innovecs? People and growth. At Innovecs, our gaming division is hugely passionate. I want to come here, and I don’t want to leave. Which of Innovecs’ corporate culture do you like the most? Innovecs culture is based on people. Our SPECIFIC DNA perfectly reflects a focus on the people we are looking for in teams. Working at Innovecs, I feel that the team, colleagues, and I are treated as individuals with their own interests in the first place, but not as a resource that can be replaced (although business is business). For me, this attitude is important, because we spend most of our time at work. What makes you a happy person? A little of this and that, and everything that does not kill. I love life. I have great friends, a work environment, a family, and I have a hobby — all this inspires and makes me happy. What do you dream about today? Right now, I dream of going to the ocean for the New Year’s celebration. In general, I dream of always being able to fulfill my desires. And I want to see happiness around. And it is usually in small things.
October 20, 2021
“Cherish your inner child and keep dreaming”, — Vladislav Kopanko, VP Delivery & Operations
Any decision that makes our life more convenient, mobile, safer and simply better, there is a special kind of people behind them — Innovative. Innovative solutions presuppose a special type of behavior, habits, way of thinking, and, consequently, a favorable atmosphere in order to freely and fearlessly create new meanings. We spoke with Vladislav Kopanko, Delivery & Operations at Innovecs, and learned his vision of what it means to be Innovative.
October 13, 2021
"You have a diversity of choices," Mykhailo Morozov, Advanced Software Engineer at Innovecs
Mykhailo Morozov, Advanced Software Engineer (React) at Innovecs, shared with us how he decided to move to Kyiv and how seeking new experiences and impressions helps him stay inspired and productive.
July 20, 2021
Advantages and disadvantages of working as a programmer in Italy. Why is Ukraine better? — Iaroslav Ternovyi, Advanced Software Engineer at Innovecs
Ukraine’s IT market is constantly growing, and Ukrainian developers are no longer moving en masse to other countries. And some even come back! “Why is it better to be an IT specialist in Ukraine than in Italy?'”— we asked a programmer who lived in Italy for 12 years before returning to Ukraine — Iaroslav Ternovyi, Advanced Software Engineer (React Native) at Innovecs.
July 15, 2021
"Gaming world as a community" — Billy Le Voir-Barry, President and Chief Esports / Gaming Visionary Officer at GENERATION Esports & Video Game Consulting
After we hosted the “Ahead in the Cloud” event on June 10, we received masses of positive feedback on how insightful the talk was. Billy Le Voir-Barry, one of the respected speakers, impressed us and the audience with his input and willingness to share his own experience as a gaming visionary. We thought it’d be awesome to invite Billy to an interview to learn more about the topic of the gaming world as a community, which he briefly mentioned last time. Below is the insightful conversation we were lucky to have.
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June 29, 2021
Ice hockey helps Innovecs CEO Alex Lutskiy to focus and be productive. How does he scale this effect on Innovecs?
This interview was originally published in Forbes Ukraine. To read it, please follow the link. For three months, Innovecs CEO Alex Lutskiy endured the pain and exhaustion in training. For what? The entrepreneur challenged himself to learn to play ice hockey. When he finally started to get good, the discomfort gave way to advantages. As a result, Lutskiy felt more energized and focused.