Experienced Scrum Master

Softhouse Balkans is a part of Softhouse Consulting Sweden that is one of the leading Lean and Agile companies in Scandinavia. We offer solid and innovative software solutions to international clients, as well as services within business development and Lean and Agile training. Having recognised the great potential of young IT professionals in Bosnia-Herzegovina, we have chosen to expand our business in the region. Mixing the best of Sweden and Balkan, we deliver high-quality services to our customers. Our employees are our greatest asset and our culture is characterised by a strong team spirit where every individual has an important role in the prosperity of our company.

The position we offer to you

Our business is growing and now we are hiring an experienced Scrum Master in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
You will lead two Scrum teams where we have delivery responsibility.

What you bring to the table

To succeed in this position, you have a high interest in Agile Framework and have tracked experience in leading several Scrum teams. We focus on your agile leadership skills and see that you are:

  • Communicative and Facilitative – you communicate well in the team and towards other stakeholders. You know the Scrum process and how to manage it parts on daily basis.
  • Assertive – you ensure that the Scrum principles are adhered to in the team.
  • Situationally Aware  – you notice differences and issues as they arise, you take on impediments in the team and, if needed, elevate them to management
  • Lead towards self – organisation – you are a servant leader and encourage the team to take decisions and organise their work
  • Practice continuous improvement – in the Scrum process in your skills as Scrum Master and by coaching others in applying the good praxis of Scrum.

 

For this role, you do not have to be a software developer. However, it is a bonus if you:

  • Understand basic fundamentals of software development processes and procedures
  • Understand the value of commitments to delivery made by a development team
  • Understand backlog tracking, burndown metrics, velocity, and task definition

Softhouse Way

We take great pride that our employees have a reputation among our clients as highly professional and open problem solvers who always see to the best for the customer. In fact, our consultants are the backbone of our company and together we aspire that we all live by our values – we call it the Softhouse Way:

  • Smart people – you take responsibility for your professional growth and we give predispositions for your competence development
  • Efficient code in Fast flows – we work in an agile manner always ensuring that we produce sustainable customer value
  • Business Benefits – In our work, we always leave the customer with a better business, structure, and code than before we entered the cooperation

As an employer, Softhouse offers a great deal of benefits to create a good productive environment.  We include our employees in business development since we know that our consultants who have a close ear to customer often have the best ideas. We listen and act on your ideas as a team.

If you have the skills and the mindset for Softhouse, do not hesitate to send us your application including your CV and covering letter. Your covering letter should include details on your availability and highlight your skills and motivation behind applying. Send your CV to recruit.bosnia@softhouse.se

Want to know how it is to be a Softhouser in Sarajevo?
Follow everyday work life of our Softhousers in Sarajevo here.

Experienced Software Developer

Softhouse Balkans is a part of Softhouse Consulting Sweden that is one of the leading Lean and Agile companies in Scandinavia. We offer solid and innovative software solutions to international clients, as well as services within business development and Lean and Agile training. Having recognized the great potential of young IT professionals in Bosnia-Herzegovina, three years ago we have chosen to expand our business in the region. Mixing the best of Sweden and Balkan, we deliver high-quality services to our customers. Our employees are our greatest asset and our culture is characterized by a strong team spirit where every individual has an important role in the prosperity of our company.

 The position we offer

Our business is growing and now we are hiring an experienced software developer in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

What you bring to the table

We are looking for independent persons with a high sense of quality, open-minded and focused on getting things done. It is important that you are driven and motivated by responsibility. You are service minded and build good relationships with clients as well as with colleagues. As a person you are easy to work with, you show enthusiasm for the work and put the results of the team first. You actively seek to learn and adapt new technologies. You have by nature a continuous improvement approach, both in the delivery of your services and in your personal development.

 For this position the qualities we require:

  • Strong and broad skills in software development
  • Strong communications skills including interest in interfacing customers
  • Strong analytical and  problem-solving skills
  • Good team working skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

Bonus skills:

  • Understanding of importance of creating efficient and high-quality code through continuous integration and  delivery
  • Experience as Team Lead or Scrum Master

We see that you have a Bachelor or Master of Science degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Technologies or equal level of competence.

Softhouse Way

We take great pride that our consultants have a reputation among our clients as highly professional and open problem solvers who always see to the best for the customer. In fact, our consultants are the backbone of our company and together we aspire that we all live by our values – we call it the Softhouse Way:

  • Smart people – you take responsibility for your professional growth and we give predispositions for your competence development
  • Efficient code in Fast flows – we work in an agile manner always ensuring that we produce sustainable customer value
  • Business Benefits – In our work, we always leave the customer with a better business, structure, and code than before we entered the cooperation

As an employer, Softhouse offers a great deal of benefits to create a good productive environment. Working tools of a high standard, competence development through training and seminars, several yearly team building trips, medical benefits, a monthly allowance for health activities and fresh fruit at work to mention some. And above all, we include our employees in business development since we know that our consultants who have a close ear to customer often have the best ideas. We listen and act on your ideas as a team.

If you have the skills and the mindset for Softhouse, do not hesitate to send us your application including your CV and covering letter. Your covering letter should include details on your availability and highlight your skills and motivation behind applying. Send your CV to recruit.bosnia@softhouse.se 

Want to know how it is to be a Softhouser in Sarajevo?
Follow everyday work life of our Softhousers in Sarajevo here.

 

Neira and Emir are building a tech bridge between Stockholm and Sarajevo

This summer, the Softhouse Balkans team is joined by Neira Čaušević, a computer science student at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. Taking part in a major project at the company, she will have Emir Mehić as her mentor – one of the most experienced developers in the team.  

“I have always wanted to stay in Sarajevo for a longer period, doing something beneficial both for me and for my surroundings,” says Neira Čaušević – born and raised in Sweden, but with Bosnian roots. With one year left to graduation, Neira is eager to increase her knowledge in fields related to her computer sciences studies, more specifically in web-application development. So when she found out that Softhouse has an office in Sarajevo, she couldn’t wait to create a connection. “I came in contact with them in spring,” she says. “During a stay in Sarajevo I got to visit the office and meet the team. After some time, it stood clear that I would join the team for two months during the summer.”

Contributing to the project team

Before her arrival in Sarajevo, Neira and her mentor Emir Mehić established contact and began the preparations for her summer employment. She started learning about tools and programming languages that are used in web application development, e.g. JavaScript, HTML and CSS. “It was incredibly reassuring to know that there was going to be someone with great knowledge to guide me and provide help if needed,” she says.

Her employment started with an introduction period, consisting of online courses. This facilitated the process of joining one of the projects that the team is currently working on. Continuous follow-up meetings were held to make sure that everything was going according to plan. Quickly after the introduction, Neira got included in activities such as daily scrum meetings, sprint-planning, demos for clients and more. It is valuable for both parties that she has been engaging not only in the technical aspects of the project, but also in the agile principles that are implemented by the Softhouse team. “I think that Neira’s summer employment is something that has benefited both the team at Softhouse and her,” says Emir Mehić. “Through her intensive preparation and pair programming, she has been able to contribute to the project team’s success in no time.”

Combining Bosnian and Swedish potential

After almost two months of work Neira has gotten a full overview of how the project works both in theory and practice. Her on-boarding has included tasks regarding front-end development. One example is adding features to views in the web-application that the team is working on. An other example is developing a new architecture that the team is applying to the project. “I have learned a lot about creating code that is effective, adaptable and testable,” Neira says. “Thanks to my on-boarding and with the help from my colleagues I have also learned to write unit tests and find ways to optimize existing code. That is particularly valuable for me since I’m now ahead in my studies for the last year of my education.”

For Softhouse Balkans it is a natural part of the business to work remotely and include young talents regardless of where they live. “We see that the meeting of different perspectives and experiences enriches our working environment and delivery,“  says Vernisa Rejhan, COO of Softhouse Balkans. “As we are part of a Swedish group, it is natural for us to bring out the best of combining Bosnian and Swedish potential; Neiras work at Softhouse is a token of this mission!”

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Interview with Neira on kth.se (In Swedish): “Vi blir verkligen guidade från första raden kod

Säkerhet hamnar ofta på efterkälken

Digital transformation innebär nya möjligheter för alla parter – tyvärr också för dem som luras, stjäl och förstör. ”Svensk IT-bransch behöver bli mycket bättre på säkerhetsfrågor”, säger Niclas Kjellin, nytillträdd säkerhetsexpert på Softhouse.

Säkerheten är ett område som ofta hamnar på efterkälken när vi förändrar och digitaliserar vår vardag, säger Niclas Kjellin. Det är problematiskt eftersom vi ständigt riskerar att utsättas för olika typer av cyberattacker, både som företag och privatpersoner.

Hoten kommer från en rad olika håll – allt från enskilda hobbyhackare, hacktivister och kriminella organisationer till statligt finansierade cyberarméer. Attackerna tar sig form av kidnappning av data, stöld av känslig information, överbelastning och ren skadegörelse.

Den vanligaste frågan jag får är ”Behöver vi ha någon säkerhet, vår tjänst hanterar ju ingen känslig data?”, säger Niclas Kjellin. Då brukar jag svara att ”i fel händer är all data känslig”. Alltför ofta leder intrång ofta till tråkiga konsekvenser, till exempel informationsläckage, förlorade inkomster och ett skadat varumärke.

Säkerhetstänkande på högsta nivå

Genom internationellt politiskt samarbete har man vidtagit olika typer åtgärder för att reglera och kontrollera marknaden, bland annat genom den så kallade General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). För IT-branschens aktörer innebär det ytterligare något att ta hänsyn till; om man inte uppfyller de lagstadgade kraven kan det medföra stora viten. Överlag bär IT-branschen på ett stort ansvar när det gäller att skydda både sina egna kunder och kundernas kunder, det vill säga slutanvändarna av tjänster och produkter.

Ett intressant faktum är att konsumenter har börjat bli allmänt mer medvetna om skillnaderna i säkerhet hos olika produkter, säger Niclas Kjellin. I längden betyder det att de bolag som kan etablera säkerhet i sina utvecklingsprocesser kommer att bli mer framgångsrika än de som gör sig kända för sina säkerhetsläckor.

Ett kulturellt problem inom IT-branschen är att säkerhet traditionellt setts som en uppgift för Development and Operations, det vill säga utvecklings- och IT-avdelningarna.

Den här synen måste vi vända upp och ner på, säger Niclas Kjellin. Säkerhetstänkande ska upp på högsta nivå inom IT-branschen. Det ska vara en av grundpelarna vi förlitar oss på när vi tar fram våra processor, sätter upp våra projektmetoder och något som projektet har med sig under hela resans gång. Sverige har en lång historia av att leverera digitala produkter och tjänster av hög kvalitet till ett stort antal kunder och användare. Men tyvärr glömmer vi ofta att lägga tillräckligt stor vikt vid säkerhetsfrågor. Det är vi knappast ensamma om i världen, men det är definitivt något som vi behöver bli mycket bättre på.

 

Niclas Kjellin är säkerhetsexpert på Softhouse, certifierad etisk hackare och mjukvaruutvecklare med en lång erfarenhet av digital produktutveckling och dess processer.