It’s a crisp and sunny autumn morning. Sitting on the large rooftop terrace in umlaut’s Belgrade office, I’m sipping a freshly made espresso and thinking about my goals for the day.
A few months ago, I have accepted a position as a team manager in umlaut’s Research & Development. Leading a team of 15 people, with diverse cultural & educational backgrounds, in 3 different countries – to say that each day brings a new challenge would be an understatement.
Luckily, we have an amazing team atmosphere, collaboration, and domain expertise, so we lean on these strengths while we navigate the complexities of our daily work.
Our team is in charge of Network Testing product portfolio, with the goal of helping mobile operators raise the bar of excellence in their services. Telecom industry is pretty strict, highly regulated and slow moving – rolling out any kind of changes in the live mobile network takes time, careful planning and testing.
On the other hand, recently the entire industry has been undergoing major changes, with the introduction of 5G, OpenRAN and cloudification, so our testing methodology and tooling needs to be able to quickly adapt to the evolving needs of our customers.
As we are developing our products, we are trying to remain true to Agile principles, and not fall in the trap of contracts, extensive planning and waterfall-like implementation.
We work at a large company; some would say a corporation even. But the best part of our work is that we can truly own our decisions. There are no cumbersome approval processes, top-down approach or anything similar. Instead, keeping in mind our goals and targets, we create our roadmap and planning, and we own the software we produce end-to-end. We have freedom in choosing our tool stack, our architectural approach, we create our teams and environments. We strive to make the best out of each day, and we have the privilege of not asking for permissions – you think something is good for us, own it and go for it! Our services are offered to top mobile network operators worldwide, so we need to plan for huge scalability and operational excellence - when our software is powering 100s fully equipped drive test cars across the globe each day, there is no room for mistake.
I myself have a long relationship with umlaut. I joined the company in 2009 and spent 10 years working as a project manager in telecom projects, before leaving to pursue a career in product development. After being away for 2 years, I have returned to umlaut, this time to R&D. There were many reasons and drivers behind my decision to come back, but I would have to pick the main ones: people, culture, and the feeling that working from Serbia (or anywhere else in the world), you can still achieve a massive global impact and have a say in how you develop your products. Working at umlaut makes global achievements feeling as simple as coming back home.”
Why umlaut adds something on töp?
umlaut adds something on top - this promises to help our clients all over the world to change the quality of their technological capabilities and organizational culture from regular to special. We add value on top of their services, products and entire organizational fabric, all the way throughout our partnership. Expected amount or quality plus an unexpected extra: 100%. Plus X.
umlaut Belgrade story.
From the very first project initiative in 2006, the company registration in 2009, the global company rebranding in 2019, we’ve passed major transition through, as goal for better shaping our organizational & people development. Our expertise in Telecommunication and Automotive industry is constantly seeking and offering high-quality expertise and career development opportunities. Our local team currently has around 140 employees. But this is not the end – we are still growing. We don’t change the company. We enable it to grow itself - for the better.
Able. Agile. And humane.
It’s all rooted in our philosophy. By adding something on top we are empowering our people. We are constantly trying to make our working environment cozy. We are team oriented. The ideas and suggestions of our employees are of great importance, because we consider that the culture of open communication within the company is the key to success. We all together have a clear vision of our mutual mission.
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