There is a new addition to our Tribe Gathering Family!


In cooperation with the agile evangelists Bosnia Agile, Softhouse office in Sarajevo has started a new tribe that focuses on good practice in leadership – Leaders Tribe!

Leaders’ Tribe is a creative and open forum for leaders of today and tomorrow in Bosnia and Hercegovina, and beyond. The primary focus of this gathering is connecting people of different industries, ages, and experiences, coming together for the sharing of knowledge and ideas within the area of leadership; believing that diversity leads us to the best insights! Leaders’ Tribe Gathering follows the same concept and setup as our other forums: LeanTribe, DevTrive, and BizTribe.

The premiere of Leaders’ Tribe Gathering takes place at the office of Softhouse Balkans on 21st September, and the theme is ”How to involve employees in company development.” The gathering will be held in local languages for the local nearness. For more information and how you can register, visit Leaderstribe.ba

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

Joining together the potentials of Bosnia and Sweden leads to extraordinary opportunities

In Softhouse Consulting Bosnien AB, IT professionals eager to learn, have the chance to work internationally and to exchange knowledge with their colleges from abroad. Talented and smart young people like Zana Tatar are given challenging assignments, to yield their professional development.

Zana is a Software Engineer and started her journey with Softhouse Bosnien last October when she joined the team as first female IT consultant in the office. In parallel, Zana is finishing her master’s degree on Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Sarajevo. Zana says that the love for her job combined with the right amount of responsibility is the key to managing both work and studies. In February, just a few months after she started her journey, she got a new assignment which included: work on two projects in parallel, new technologies and starting off work with a remote group of mentors and colleagues from Sweden. The both projects develop managerial tools for competence development and resource planning.

In order to get the best possible knowledge transfer and coaching, Zana visited Softhouse in Sweden. Traveling between offices and getting direct advice from professionals is one of the advantages of working in Softhouse. The process of introducing Zana to the new projects was split between two offices: Malmö and Karlskrona. Each of them providing her with tools and mentors: Björn Granvik, Rasmus Letterkrantz, Young Fogelström and John Mogensen.

It was a challenge for me to face the amount of responsibility and many new things: technologies, people, environment, and country. Since I just started working, it was a huge step forward for me, one I did not count on getting as a junior. However, the collaboration with Swedish colleges and the whole process of taking over new projects went great. I always wanted to visit Sweden and because of the way I was welcomed I want to visit Sweden again, Zana says about her experience.

After the education in Sweden Zana now works as a part of the distributed development team. Her workdays include the agile essentials such as daily meetings via Skype, demo presentation after two-week sprints and constant guidance from her mentors.

The process of sharing knowledge and experience is keeping up –  now Zana introduces new colleges to the project, practicing her leadership skills along the way, Björn Granvik shares during a meeting.

A new colleague, Orhan Ljubunčić, joined the projects recently and is using his outstanding potential to contribute to the projects.

As a student and a newcomer to the professional business and IT world, I didn’t know what to expect from working in Softhouse. What I got is far more than I hoped for – professional and friendly environment, working on interesting and challenging projects and sharing knowledge with ambitious young people. The projects I am currently working on, Kush and Stardust, contain various aspects that are crucial to IT industry such as popular technologies, agile ways of working and constant verbal and spoken communication with other team members. These things give me numerous ways to develop myself both professionally and as a person in an interesting and fun way, Orhan shares his impressions.

The collaboration of these two young professionals brings value to the company’s delivery every day. But their journey doesn’t stop here, Zana and Orhan are constantly looking for new challenges which we will continue to share with you.