Berg Software: the open, independent & reliable 30-years-old “millennial”
As we’re approaching Berg Software’s 30 Years Anniversary, we have our introspective moments: What do we stand for? What are the values we stick for? What do our people and the clients expect from us? What does the future hold, beside midlife crises?
Some of the answers are simpler:
First, we strongly believe that in software development, before the software itself, it’s about the people. We might be into one of the toughest B2B fields, but it is still about individuals dealing with other individuals. Therefore, we value personal skills as much as the technical ones.
We also live in an open world where just “sitting in a box” is detrimental to everyone, whether clients or employees. While being self-aware of strengths and weaknesses, it is even more important to be outward-looking to clients’ needs, market opportunities and technology developments.
With these in mind, we got a napkin and mapped our “values”. There’s zero surprise that the upper half (“Personal”) is more crowded than the lower part (“Technical”). However, we got an aha! moment seeing that we value “Open mindedness”, “Empowerment”, “Flexibility & agility” across the board.
So, let’s detail some:
Passion and dedication
Freedom, independence & empowerment
Flexibility & agility
Still at personal level, we are exceptionally inclusive when it comes to its employees’ personal lives. Yes, the last two years made us all more understanding of each other’s needs, but with Berg Software the support was (and will be) always at “a question’s length”. Need more time with your kids? Done. Need more time with your spouse? Done. Want to be alone for one month in Africa? Done. (Yes, we’re now waiting for our colleague to return and tell-us-all-about-it.)
Then, there’s technical flexibility and agility. Sure, everyone works Agile nowadays. But the way we see it, flexible / agile software can easily accommodate clients’ changes without huge refactoring. Building adaptable software comes from experience and flair, and can be transmitted to younger software developers joining us.