Our values make us who we are. At Ncontracts, the Product department’s successes can always be traced back to two core tenants: Learning and Teamwork.
Regardless the team you work on day-to-day, everyone at Ncontracts is a continual learner. Whether it’s Devs picking up a new language, Product Owners learning new methodologies, or Ops keeping current on the latest security issues, continuing our education is a core competency for everyone.
We value both self-guided learning (via conferences, sharing blog posts, Lynda / CodeAcademy), learning as a group (via Book Club, company-sponsored Lunch and Learns), and mentorship (both internally and in the community at large). If you can’t tell yet, we’re really jazzed about learning.
Ken Blanchard is noted for saying “None of us is as smart as all of us”. At Ncontracts, we succeed as a team and we fail as a team – the sense of duty to each other to commit our best each day is tangible.
Communication doesn’t end when the morning standup meetings are done. With a team that spans 6 states, the only way to make it work is commitment to direct communication, evidenced by the amount and frequency of breakout conversations, video chats, impromptu whiteboarding, and paired programming sessions. Over-reliance on email-only, chat-only interactions leads to a lack of shared understanding.
Our project methodologies (we have everyone read User Story Mapping) are people-centric. Any time a developer grabs a user story to work on, we have a quick conversation between design, dev, and product to ensure we have the right context and assets so that there’s no roadblocks.
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Paid Time Off
Part of having a healthy work-life balance is being able to be present for important things in life. Kids let out of school for snow days? No worries. Want to attend every day of CMA Fan Fest? Enjoy yourself. We work hard so that we can enjoy living!
Everyone on the team gets a $500 personal equipment budget… want that trackpad or wireless keyboard? Want to cut the cord on your office headphones and go bluetooth? Treat yo self!
We’re a no-BS office when it comes to growth. Each specialty has a clear path for advancement & transparent leveling, weekly one-on-ones, and support to help you meet your personal & professional development goals.
Unlike some places that are agile in name only, we’re also agile with our processes. Each team holds a retrospective after each sprint, and we figure our what’s working and what needs shaking up… then actually change things to try new approaches.
Sure, it’s a small thing, but we all love having unlimited pour-over coffee (or K-cups, if that’s your speed), drinks (sparkly water, teas, sodas, etc), and health-positive snacks like fresh fruit and plantain chips. Yum!
While we love collaborating in-office here in Brentwood, it’s also refreshing to break up the work week by working remotely. Get inspired working from a coffee shop or just hang out at home in your robe and slippers.