7 Tips to Create a Comfortable Work Environment

Working remotely has become a common trend for many developers, and a comfortable home office environment is even more crucial in this setup. Creating a comfortable work environment can boost productivity, creativity, and job satisfaction. Here are some tips from Developers Alliance  to help you create a comfortable work environment:

– Ensure proper lighting: Good lighting can help reduce eye strain, and headaches, and improve overall mood. Try to have a mix of natural and artificial light.

– Adjust temperature: The temperature should be neither too hot nor too cold. Keep the temperature at a comfortable level for the majority of people in the room.

– Consider ergonomics: Make sure your workspace is ergonomically designed. This includes a comfortable chair, proper desk height, and the right distance from your computer screen.

– Decorate: Add plants, posters, or other personal items to the space to make it feel more like home.

– Organize: Keep your workspace tidy and organized. Clutter can be distracting and make it difficult to focus.

– Offer amenities: Provide basic amenities like a water cooler, coffee maker, and snacks.

– Encourage breaks: Encourage people to take breaks and stretch their legs.

Creating a positive work environment in your home may seem like an unnecessary task, however, it is an important aspect of staying organized and productive.

We’d love to hear from you! Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.


You don’t have to memorize everything when it comes to programming

When it comes to learning and development, it is not enough to simply memorize facts and figures. As developers, it is essential to understand the principles behind them in order to create more efficient and effective solutions, solve problems more effectively, and use our time more wisely.

In Developers-Alliance/ we find that memorizing things is a common habit when it comes to learning, but it is important for us to understand the concepts behind them. For instance, as a developer of Magento 2, it is not enough for them to simply learn the syntax and commands for the platform. Instead, it is crucial to understand how the code works and how they can use it to create custom solutions.

Below we would like to share with you 8 tips from our developers for remembering everything you’re learning:

-Focus on understanding concepts and ideas
-Apply what you’re learning
-View other people’s code
-Find a community
-Know where to find answers to your questions
-Compile good resources
-Take notes

In short, memorization of facts and figures is a useful skill, but understanding the inner workings of the system is far more valuable for developers. Magento 2 is a particularly complex system, so it’s even more important for developers to understand the inner workings of the system in order to write efficient and accurate code.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any more questions about our developers, their availability for work on your project or anything else. We are always happy to help! You can reach us via hello@developers-alliance.com


Benefits of using OKRs 

As a developer, it’s important to stay organized and track your progress. The OKR system (Objectives and Key Results) is a great tool to help you do this. The OKR system focuses on setting measurable goals and tracking progress towards those goals, rather than focusing on traditional milestones. 

With the OKR system, you can break down your objectives into smaller, achievable goals and track your performance against them. You can also measure the impact of each goal and adjust your strategy accordingly. This helps you optimize your workflow and maximize productivity. 

The OKR system can also be used to track team performance, making it an invaluable tool for developers and project managers alike. With the OKR system, you can monitor progress, adjust goals, and stay focused on the ultimate goal.

The OKR system is an essential tool for developers working with Magento 2. This system allows developers to set objectives and key results to measure the success of their projects. By setting clear objectives and key results, developers can track their progress, measure the results of their work, and adjust their strategy to ensure they are achieving their goals. Through the OKR system, developers can prioritize tasks, focus on the most critical tasks, and ensure they allocate their resources appropriately. With the OKR system, developers can be confident that their projects are progressing in the right direction. 

Developers Alliance strongly believes that the key to successfully implementing an OKR system is making sure that everyone is on board and understands the system. This involves communicating the system clearly and providing training and support to ensure everyone understands how it works. It’s also important to ensure that the goals are achievable and that everyone is held accountable for reaching them. 

Once the OKR system is in place, it should be monitored and adjusted as needed. This helps ensure that the goals remain achievable and that progress is being made. It also provides an opportunity to assess the system and make changes to ensure it’s running as efficiently as possible.

We believe, that by implementing an OKR system, our team will be able to ensure that everyone is working towards the same objectives and that progress is being made. This helps us to create a culture of success and ensures that the company is running as smoothly as possible.

Share with us your achievements, and how you implemented the OKR system at your companies. And how has it influenced your progress? 


Sustainable And Green Office Initiatives

When it comes to creating a sustainable and green office, there are a few key initiatives that our company is actively doing or considering implementing.

These initiatives will help to reduce the environmental footprint of the business while also contributing to the overall company culture.

Here are a few of our green office ideas :

1. A company policy that encourages green initiatives. It is part of the company culture to reduce waste, conserve energy, and use environmentally friendly materials.

2. Investment in energy-efficient equipment and appliances. This helps to reduce energy costs and emissions.

3. Encouraging staff to use public transport and carpools to commute to and from work.

4. Encouraging staff to practice recycling and composting in the office.

5. Purchasing eco-friendly office supplies and furniture.

6. We installed energy-efficient lighting and use natural lighting whenever possible.

7. Using online collaboration tools instead of traveling for business.

8. We have implemented remote work policies that allow staff to work from home, which definitely helps reduce emissions from commuting.

These are just a few things we are doing and they can give you some ideas to get you started on creating a sustainable and green office. By implementing these initiatives, companies can help to reduce their environmental footprint while contributing to a positive company culture.

Share with us your ideas, on how to implement green initiatives and culture in our company. Any ideas?


Communicate Early And Often

How often do you communicate with your co-workers? If the answer is often then you are on the right way.
When we are talking about communication at work, we should remember, that for some professions it is highly important, while for others not that much. 
According to Agile methodology, developers should have 2-week cycles on code development. The same is true for communication on big projects. Developers should try to have a major touch every 2 weeks. That includes the status they have on all of their projects and everything.
The purpose of communication is to demonstrate knowledge of purpose, to show focus, and to demonstrate results. Here are the major forms of communication. 
A high-level design communicates that you know what you were entrusted to deliver. It doesn’t have to be fancy. I am comfortable with rough sketches of a good data model, detailed key use cases, and interfaces to 3rd party software.
A development plan shows plausibly that you understand the steps required to deliver. 
Regular status updates are good because they demonstrate focus. Managers do not care if you have worked on this or that. They care about what you have delivered. From a developer’s point of view, a good time to deliver a status report is when you commit code to source code control. Of course, you need good comments to show that you are delivering according to the plan. It is also a natural time to deliver because it represents an end to a “flow” or a period of being “in the zone”.
Flagging roadblocks is crucial because it demonstrates both knowledge of the purpose and focuses. A good manager will help you resolve these, but (s)he has to know about them.
Dealing with bugs is a particularly sensitive time because a bug represents a breakdown of trust. After all, in your manager’s mind, you didn’t deliver what you said you would. Being extra-communicative here is very important.
A great developer quickly reports important findings. When you start a task, acknowledge it—especially the important ones. Communicate that you are working on it. This could be as simple as marking a ticket In Progress. It could be sending an email response stating you have received the request for assistance and are investigating it. (Maxwell, 2021)
Developers do not be afraid to speak up, as the right communication with your team lead or colleagues is vital for saving your time and energy. Over time, good communication will build up good trust, and ultimately, the quality and quantity of your work will determine your trust.
Maxwell, J. (2021). The Art of E-commerce Debugging. SwiftOtter, Inc.

EBA continues to support businesses in Georgia

This November, EBA  organized a meeting with the multilateral development banks in Georgia. The event brought together representatives of the Georgian Parliament, Government, IFIS, EU Delegation to Georgia, and Diplomatic Corps. 

Participants had a unique opportunity to receive information regarding investment opportunities for EU and Caucasus firms through participation in Multilateral Development Bank tenders and other business opportunities directly from the Heads of IFIs-. 

Developers Alliance had a great opportunity to meet representatives from financial institutions and the government. Participate in discussions, about the Dos & Donts of Successful Bidding for IFI/EU Projects.