I said this quite often during several projects over the last years – and often directed to persons being „difficult“ with regards to discussing hard, having different opinions, contradicting a Product Owner or an Architect with thoughtful arguments. This is something you will have to accept, even if it is hard to do so. And it is exhausting, it is stressful working with such people on a day-by-day basis.
But, I changed my mind.
Or, to put it differently, I am now in a position where I want to have such characters around me. Here at Cloudibility, we want persons having their own ideas and their own minds, we want them to contradict us and to proove us to be wrong.
We want to have such minds around us. Of course, they will have to stick to our rules of respect and culture, they will need to be compatible with customers and the team. But besides this: Have your own mind, contradict, improve, overtake us!
At Cloudibility, we are currently growing enormously – by mindset, by knowledge, and by headcount.
Last week, our team was expanded by three bright minds (in no particular order:
Sandra Sandra was a Developer once (and a very good one!) and decided to opt for DevOps. She has very strong development skills and is able to transfer this into DevOps-territory. She likes working with CI/CD-components, ELK / EFK and Kubernetes. And from time to time she will be giving presentations and trainings and speeches. She joined our team as Senior DevOps Engineer.
Ronny has a profound knowledge in DevOps-technologies as well as Kubernetes. He is doing deep dives with technologies such as Linux, Docker, Ansible, Teraform, Vagrant, Virtualization (VMware, etc.) and many more. He has joined our team as Senior DevOps Engineer.
Emilie is part of our sales team. She as an impressive track record of sales even in difficult environments, can handle customers and partners and is a very positive person. She has joined our team as Sales Manager.
We have decided on several important things at Cloudibility the last weeks. One of the most important ones was about our new logo. We had several cool drafts to decide upon, ranging from pretty much the original logo to a very minimalistic one.
Finally, we decided to go with the logo you see in this posting. It is close to the original one, but a little bit more streamlined and reduced. We adjusted the color to be a bit darker and agreed on a font to be used for business cards, our homepage and our – soon to be revealed – publication.
Here you can compare the old vs the new version:
The process of getting another logo was an example of our company’s culture as well: Initially, Michael and I did not like the idea of changing the logo so soon. But Friederike, Head of Publishing, insisted on adjusting it and making it more refined – so we agreed. Additionally, I preferred a different draft of the logo, being even more reduced, but was convinced by Friederike, Julia and Emilie (our marketing team), Claudia (our COO) and Michael.
And, boy, they were right! Thank you for disagreeing and for arguing.
Today, I love our new logo.
PS: Yes, I am aware of our Homepage being a placeholder.
PPS: I will update the logo on the Homepage during the next days.
I’ve never seen a team being that committed. That focused. That inquisitive. That eager to learn. That funny. That great.
Team, I am so proud of working with you!
Next week, we will start our expansion. I mean: We will really start it. Three new Team-Members at the beginning of the month. Two more in the middle. One more beginning of August. One more at mid of August. One, two, three perhaps beginning of September.
But: I am not afraid. I know, that we already have a great team and we will continue to be one. We looked carefully at the new colleagues‘ character and found them to match the team in culture and commitment.
Sandra, Ronny, Emily: Welcome!
You will be part of Cloudibility, you will shape us and you will grow with us. And I am very confident to count you in next time when I write about the:
As you might know, we are actively building a team of highly skilled professionals and bright minds.
Just today, we had another interview with a candidate, which will (hopefully!) join our Indian team. She will be the fourth woman in a four-head team so far. Each of these women (I am not allowed to reveal their names since they will be starting Mid-July and Mid-August respectively) has deeply impressed me – so active, so open-minded, so skilled, so … bright!
We are so happy working with and learning from you!