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Meet the team – Çağatay Ulusoy, Android Developer at Sports Tracker

14 September 2016 Jobs, Meet the Team

During three months we will be bringing you stories of Sports Tracker employees. They are the ones building the products you love from scratch, putting countless hours into them and overcoming challenges just to deliver great user experience and make your life easier.

Last time we brought you an interview with Sirpa Maas who is our Management Assistant.

Today, we are bringing you our conversation with Çağatay Ulusoy, Android Developer at Sports Tracker.

Please tell us your story and give us a bit of background. Who is Çağatay and what does he enjoy doing aside from his daily job?

Originally I’m from Turkey, I studied Telecommunications Engineering at Istanbul Technical University and then moved to Finland to study master’s degree of Communications Engineering at Aalto University.

Halfway through, I realized that I want to build products for end-users. Instead of working on technologies at lower layers, I choose to work on product development at application layer.

I have a strong background working with the Internet of Things (IoT) concept and my professional story started at the Aalto University where I used to work as a research assistant.

Later on, I moved to some new experiences in two different companies building smart locks and had product development experiences on mobile, embedded and cloud platforms. Before coming here I worked shortly as an Android Developer in another company.

What do you do at Amer Sports, since when do you work for the company and how does your day usually look like?

My daily work is mostly centered around Android development. I’m contributing to our Android project continuously, working on growing Sports Tracker application, fixing bugs, adding new features and in a bigger picture contributing to the growth of the company.

At the moment we have over 5 million users of the application so you can imagine there are lots of challenges and at the same time it’s very exciting.

What is something that really motivates you to get up every morning and come to work?img_20160911_180257

The fact that we are a sports company is a big motivation to me. Almost every morning before work I try to do sports (gym, cycling, running) and test our product. This gives me a positive reinforcement to come to work and give my best.

Sports Tracker project is really big and it’s like solving a puzzle. To me, building it and making it better is not a torture but a big learning, joy and it’s a lot of fun, too.

What is your favorite thing about your job and working here?

We work with truly latest technologies, newest tools and newest libraries.

The whole team puts a great deal of effort to be up to date and always informed. That’s one of the key things in our industry, being always up to date and on top of things.

Also, it’s all about sports, challenging myself for a healthier life and that’s another big motivation for me.

If you were to recommend working here to your friend, what would you say?

The fact that company is growing and planning to build really exciting products makes it a great place to work.

This is a great time to be part of Sports Tracker team.

Our upcoming products will be smarter, and more connected. People will be more motivated to do sports and have healthier lives with more fun. It’s also very much rewarding to work on building products that will make our sport life smarter.

What kind of people you enjoy working with?

I enjoy working with people like I currently work with. The whole team is really helpful and each and every person will help immediately the best way they can.

I would say my dream team can be described as a mix of people who are smart helpful and positive, aiming for the best. I’m happy to say we have those people here.

We would like to encourage people to fail and try better next time and also to prove we’re all humans who make mistakes and learn from them. Therefore, what do you think was your biggest mistake/challenge in your work?

Until now, thanks to Finland, my career became really good. I can’t point out something as a mistake. Rather, there are challenges if you’re coming from a different working culture, as I do. There might have been some mistakes but I’d call them learnings and contributions since without them I wouldn’t be where and who I am now.

Would you like to add something for the readers?

Whenever I came to work, I never felt negative energy in the office. I and also the rest of my colleagues start our days happily, especially after gym sessions. Company is giving the best tools to work with and encouraging us to do sports. You produce endorphins because of sports and then you perform better and happier, working on interesting projects that keep you going. It’s a great cycle to be in.

Come join these happy people here!

 

 

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Meet the team – Sirpa Maas, Management Assistant

9 September 2016 Jobs, Meet the Team

During the coming months we will continue bringing you stories of Sports Tracker employees. They are the ones building the products you love from scratch, putting countless hours into them and overcoming challenges just to deliver great user experience and make your life easier.

Last time we brought you an interesting interview with Marko Orenius, Business Unit Director of Digital Services at Amer Sports.
Today, we are bringing you a glimpse of what we talk about with Sirpa Maas, Management Assistant.

Please tell us your story. Who is Sirpa and what does she enjoy doing aside from her daily job?

I have passion for organizing, coordinating, communications and continuous learning. I guess this applies to both work and free-time. When not working, I run and do fitness class training, organize and do all kinds of fun with my family and friends. I also love travelling.

SirpaMaas3 (1)What do you do at Amer Sports, since when do you work for the company and how does your day usually look like?

I’m a Management Assistant for Amer Sports Digital Services / Sports Tracker team. I’ve been working here for three months now. There is not really something I can call an usual working day as the days vary and I like that a lot.
Mostly my time goes for supporting the leadership team, organizing and coordinating all kinds of meetings and events, internal communication related tasks, taking care of office manager duties and whatever comes along.

What is something that really motivates you to get up every morning and come to work?

My biggest motivation are my colleagues who are energetic professionals with great “let’s achieve it together” team spirit. It’s always motivating to have enough challenges and variety in your work and that you have possibility to influence in your role and responsibilities.

What is your favorite thing about your job and working here?

I like that I can keep myself busy at all times- Organizing, coordinating, all communications related tasks and getting new challenges and responsibilities.

If you were to recommend working here to your friend, what would you say?

If you want to work in a dynamic, open-minded and multicultural environment with colleagues who have great attitude, you should join our company with amazing products and exciting things happening!

What kind of people you enjoy working with?

I very much enjoy positive and energetic professionals with open mind and good sense of humor.

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Meet the team – Business Unit Director Marko

23 August 2016 Meet the Team

During three months we will be bringing you stories of Sports Tracker employees. They are the ones building the products you love from scratch, putting countless hours into them and overcoming challenges just to deliver great user experience and make your life easier.

Last time we brought you an interview with Katarina von Konow who is our Customer Support Manager.

Today, we are bringing you a glimpse of what we talk about with Marko Orenius, Business Unit Director of Digital Services at Amer Sports.

Business Unit Director Marko OreniusPlease tell us your story. Who is Marko and what does he enjoy doing aside from his daily job?

Here at Amer Sports I’m driving forward the development of our digital products and services, to deliver a competitive edge for our brands. In my mind, I’m a digital business developer, on a mission to create inspiring and exciting experiences for the sporting consumer.

Outside of work, I’m keen to improve in various outdoor activities. I would love to have more time for golf and sailing but in practice I’m in the gym or running. My interest is not so much in the performance of sports but rather in the ability to discover and test my own limits as well as to explore different techniques, sports and locations.

What do you do at Amer Sports, since when do you work for the company and how does your day usually look like?

I joined the company less than 2 years ago as a Business Unit Director of Digital Services and in effect this is still a new role at Amer Sports. I believe I came here at the right time as regards the momentum of all things digital in the company. My job encompasses different activities that all lead towards building better products and services with our fantastic team, as well as the digital systems platform to leverage data as the fuel for growth in the future.

Diversity in this job comes from being able to look at multiple sports, brands and geographies all the while studying emerging consumer behavior. There’s so much happening today and we have to learn rapidly from market trends and apply our insights to product development.

What is something that really motivates you to get up every morning and come to work?

The job is a perfect fit for me but it’s not only a job, it’s a calling. This industry is embracing digitalization now, so it’s very interesting times for us. The challenge to build new products and services for consumers who want more out of their sporting lives is very gratifying. Also, amongst all this, I get to be a digital disruptor and challenge the status quo every day.

What is your favorite thing about your job and working here?

One of the things in this job is that I always look at the world as a global marketplace. For me, there are no physical boundaries or geographical limits. I’m very motivated by the fact that I’m competing against colleagues worldwide in this industry while all the companies involved are working to make the world focus on quality of life through physical actiivity. This is a historical moment and it’s a great race to be in.

If you were to recommend working here to your friend, what would you say?

Being here today is being in the right place, at the right time, with people who have the right attitude and commitment. I’m aware that all companies nowadays are moving towards digital change but we have a great team with real commitment to change, all the way from top management. It’s all you can ask for.

What kind of people you enjoy working with?

On a daily basis I work with different kinds of people, coming from marketing, business development, management, R&D or finance backgrounds.

People have different perspectives depending on what they’re doing and I need to be able to converse with everyone. Working with creative and development colleagues is often a love-hate relationship with a business guy like myself, but of course it always comes down to a joint effort to deliver something great in the end.

We would like to encourage people to fail and try better next time and also to prove we’re all humans who make mistakes and learn from them. Therefore, what do you think was your biggest mistake/challenge in your work?

Lots of things we’re doing are still in progress so it’s a bit difficult to say. However, there is one thing that must happen and still all of us fail at it too often. That’s communication.

It’s really hard to deliver on that. It’s a pain point. No matter how much you communicate, there can never be enough communication and it can never be perfect.

If you want to change the world, you have to tell it 100 times and maybe after that only 50% of people will believe you but you need to keep working and keep communicating.

And whatever you do – don’t get overly satisfied, stay hungry.

Would you like to add something for the readers?

We like to hear from consumers and our services users. I would welcome everyone to try Sports Tracker and all of our other products and tell us what works and what doesn’t.

I believe in dialogue because we don’t have a crystal ball. We need dialogue and open relationships with our consumers, in order to achieve our goal which is to help people move through great products and services to live better and healthier lives.

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Top training tips from Mavic cycling ambassador Nicolas Roux!

9 August 2016 Community

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For those of you who enjoy life in the saddle, we’re bringing you an exclusive interview with Mavic cycling ambassador and top level amateur, Nicolas Roux, who’s answered your questions! If you’re looking for inspiration for your own training and some tips on how to push yourself that little bit further, you’ll find them here. Time to hear from Nicolas himself.

Tell us about yourself and how you first became interested in cycling.

It all started in my village. My mates and I used to go out riding around the area, doing some sprints here and there. They were already members of clubs. One day I went to see them at a race and I caught the bug. The year after that I entered my first bike race, and I won it! I was on my way.

Thomas Cummins asks: How often do you ride in a week, and what average speed do you aim for while training?

On average, I probably do 12 to 16 hours of riding a week. I often ride at an average speed of somewhere between 29 and 32 km/h, but that also depends on the type of training I need to do – whether it’s high-intensity interval training, working on strength and endurance, or recovery.

What’s the toughest route you’ve ever tackled on a bicycle?

It’s hard to say. The most difficult I’ve done in one day would be the Tour du Mont-Blanc, no question: it’s 330 km long with 8,000 metres of climbing.

What is your biggest motivation when you’re out training?

I think my biggest motivation when training is pushing my limits, and improving my performances over the weeks. But I still love going out riding, finding new roads, seeing nature change as the seasons go by…

Atte Sakari would like to know: What’s your favourite off bike training?

When I’m taking some time off the bike, my favourite sport is cross-country skiing. The effort is comparable and it’s a very technical sport – you have to train hard to get to a decent level.

Madis Maripuu would love some tips on hydration while riding. How much water do you take out when cycling and how often do you drink it?

Hydration is very important on the bike: you need to drink regularly, a mouthful about every half an hour. In terms of quantity, it depends on the length of the ride and the heat. If you’re riding for 3 hours in moderate temperatures, then drink two bottles, but if you’re tackling a mountain pass in extreme heat, you need to drink a bit every kilometre.

What do you usually eat pre and post workout?

My diet is very varied. If I go out training just after breakfast, I’ll tend to eat sugar-free cereal with oat milk or rice milk and fresh fruit, almonds or raisins, which are very easy to digest. If I train in the early afternoon, I often eat foods that are carbs or high in fibre like rice, white meat and stewed fruit. If I get back from a training session at a meal time, I eat vegetables, fish, white meat, lentils and dessert. The key thing to remember is to vary your diet and to enjoy what you eat.

Keen cyclist Krzysztof Tkaczyk is wondering how to improve his average speed and power on the flat and uphills. What kind of training could he introduce to see some progress?

To improve your speed on the flat or on climbs, the most important thing is pedalling cadence. If you can spin your legs at about 90 rpm, the improvement will be immediate. To boost your power, you need to build in specific training sessions lasting 10 minutes to begin with (then 15 min, 20 min), changing up a gear or two at 60 rpm. For hills, you need to do big climbs relatively frequently, working on your cadence.

Who is your sporting inspiration?

I’ve got so much admiration for the warriors of the road. The rider who inspired me most is Jacques Anquetil, because of his exploits and his champion’s drive.

How do you recover from a race or a really tough training session?

When I do a really big training session or after a demanding race, I always take one or even two days off the bike. Recovery is an integral part of training. Over-training can sometimes be more damaging than not training enough.

Preparing for a race – how many days before do you stop hard training etc.?

Before a big competition or a major goal, I start reducing my workload two weeks before the race. There are always specific sessions to top up your condition a bit but the hardest work is done.

Do you have any other tips for your fellow cyclists?

For me the best advice is that riding should still be a passion, you have to want to get back in the saddle for training to be useful and high quality. There’s no point going out for a ride half-heartedly! “Man needs passion to exist”.


A big thank you to Nicolas for joining us and giving us an insight into his training tips and routine! We’re already feeling ready to get behind two wheels and take our cycling to the next level.

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Meet the Team – Katarina from Customer Support

3 August 2016 Meet the Team

During three months we will be bringing you stories of Sports Tracker employees. They are the ones building the products you love from scratch, putting countless hours into them and overcoming challenges just to deliver great user experience and make your life easier.

Last time we brought you an interview with Petra, our Operations Specialist.

Today, we are bringing you a glimpse of what we talked about with Katarina von Konow, Customer Support Manager at Sports Tracker, a woman who is having conversations with Sports Tracker users every day, making their experiences even better.

st_team_katarinaPlease tell us your story. Who is Katarina and what does she enjoy doing aside from her daily job?

When I’m not working as a Customer Support Manager and when I’m not with my family, I spend my free time mostly in the gym. It gives me the feeling of both mental and physical balance and it’s something I like doing. Some time ago I was also a part of multinational rugby team. It was a rare and interesting sport to train, especially for a woman, but I enjoyed it a lot.

 

 

 

What do you do at Sports Tracker and how does your day usually look like?

I’ve been working at Sports Tracker since 2013 and all this time working closely with our users. My days are filled with customer­ oriented tasks such as replying to customers’ requests and helping to solve issues that need special attention.

On the other hand, I’m in constant discussions with the app development team, giving them users’ feedback and reporting any possible bigger issues. I also track and record if there’s any major fix that needs to be made. This is very important for the continuous development of the application and happiness of our users.

What is something that really motivates you to get up every morning and do your job?

One of the biggest motivations I have is to make things run as smoothly as possible. My job is a link between customers and the company itself. I’m happy to go to work in the morning because I can bring structure and order and make people’s lives easier.

What is your favorite thing about your job and working here?

A great thing about my job and my team is our team spirit and atmosphere. It’s really easy to work when you know you can fully rely on your colleagues, ask them question if you aren’t sure about something and always know you’ll have support.

If you were to recommend working here to your friend, what would you say?

I would definitely recommend working here to my friends because this is the place full of opportunities. Furthermore, it’s a place where you’ll be surrounded not only by people from different countries but also people who have great past experiences and backgrounds and from whom you can learn a lot.

What kind of people you enjoy working with?

I enjoy working with people who are not too formal but rather easy going yet effective and who can get things done.

We would like to encourage people to fail and try better next time and also to prove we’re all humans who make mistakes and learn from them. Therefore, what was your biggest mistake so far?

As so many people out there, I wasn’t always asking enough questions. Sometimes some situations could’ve ran much more smoothly, but didn’t, because we didn’t ask enough questions and communicate clearly.

Do you have something to add in the end?

Yes. If you’re reading this­, Seize the day, do everything you wanted to do now because tomorrow might be too late.

 

Do you have some questions for our employees or something you would like to know about Amer Sports? Let us know!

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Why you should wear sunglasses when cycling or running

20 July 2016 Tips

Do you wear sunglasses when you go out for a ride or a run? If you do, good for you! But according to Vision Council, only one-third of Americans do so. It’s normal for people to protect their skin with sunscreen and hats, but it’s equally important to think about your eyes when out in the sun.

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Protecting your eyes

Sunglasses protect your eyes. It is as simple as it gets! Using high quality eyewear will protect your eyes from getting branches, leaves, mud or any small pieces of dirt in your eyes when mountain biking or trail running. On the road, your eyes are also exposed to getting stuff in like gravels, dust and insects coming from nowhere.

The wraparound design also helps prevent wind from drying your eyes out and stop reflection from water or snow in case you are running or cycling on the sea- or mountainside. Did you know that snow reflects up to 85% of UV, water up to 100% and concrete up to 25% (source)? Wearing sunglasses is as important during winter as it is during summer.

Choosing the right pair

The sun’s UV radiation can cause a lot of damages to your eyes. Various light and weather conditions can affect the amount of UV radiation you are exposed to, but even on cloudy or overcast days, the harmful UV rays need to be blocked.

If you can’t have several lenses for different light conditions, you should choose a photochromic lens that adapts to changing light conditions by dynamically adjusting the level of tint from lighter to darker. However, note that UV protection has nothing to do with the darkness or color of the lenses, even though more than 40 percent of Americans believe that according to Vision Council. Instead, check the label to make sure sunglasses are UVA/UVB protective.

Dr. Justin Bazan, the medical advisor to Vision Council, recommends buying sunglasses from a reputable retailer.

Evaluate your daily activities – driving, walking, gardening, playing sports – and determine which type of eyewear is most conducive to your lifestyle. Quality sunglasses are available for every budget, but you should make sure they come from a reputable retailer. The most important considerations when making eyewear purchases are: UV protection and comfort.”

Our friends at Salomon just released a nice collection of performance and lifestyle eyewear products so have a look and make your choice to feel protected and look good at the same time.

Check out the new Salomon collection here.

 

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Meet the Team – Operations Specialist Petra

13 July 2016 Meet the Team

During three months we will be bringing you stories of Sports Tracker employees. They are the ones building the products you love from scratch, putting countless hours into them and overcoming challenges just to deliver great user experience and make your life easier.

Last time we brought you an interview with Petra who is our Human Resources Manager.

Today, we had a nice talk with Petra Abu Raed, Operations Specialist at Amer Sports/Sports Tracker.

Please tell us your story. Who is Petra and what does she enjoy doing aside from her daily job?

Petra 2 (1)I’m Petra Abu Raed, Operations Specialist at Amer Sports. I’m a family woman and I have two already grown-­up kids. When I don’t work, I’m a Zumba instructor and giving classes in Vantaa. This is my hobby and something I really love. I’m also very happy to see that all of my classes are always fully booked and that people enjoy coming there. When I’m neither at work nor in Zumba classes, I enjoy spending time at our family cottage in Luumäki, that’s how I relax and recharge.

 

What do you do at Sports Tracker and how does your day usually look like?

At Sports Tracker I have a role of Operations Specialist. My biggest task so far has been to establish an operational model for the marketing team. This role also entails a nice variety of other tasks such as establishing reporting systems, meeting practicalities, communications and documentation. It’s a fairly new role in the company so I got a chance to create it from scratch and to some extent influence what I’ll be doing.

What is something that really motivates you to get up every morning and do your job?

It’s people. People here are great to work with, they are relaxed and happy and at the same time collaborative and professional in what they do. They make all the difference!

What is the favorite thing about your job and working here?

In my work I get different challenges every day and these challenges are great opportunities to grow and develop. Support system is in place and whenever I need something or I have some questions, there is always someone who helps. Also, there are always interesting tasks to be done.

If you were to recommend working here to your friend, what would you say?

You should come here to work in a dynamic and very positive atmosphere. You won’t only work and learn new things but also have nice colleagues and enjoy every moment of it.

Besides people, our company has great products and brands and there are always some new interesting things happening.

What kind of people do you enjoy working with?

When it comes to my colleagues, I prefer to be surrounded by people who are open ­minded, who welcome new ideas and who have positive attitude towards both life and what they do as their job.

 

Do you have some questions for our employees or something you would like to know about Sports Tracker or Amer Sports? Let us know!

 

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Meet the Team – Petra from HR

6 July 2016 Meet the Team

During three months we will be bringing you stories of Sports Tracker employees. They are the ones building the products you love from scratch, putting countless hours into them and overcoming challenges just to deliver great user experience and make your life easier.

Last time we brought you an interview with Ramon from Android team.
This time we talked with Petra Rosvall, HR manager at Amer Sports for Suunto and Sports Tracker.

Please tell us your story. Who is Petra and what does she enjoy doing aside from his daily job?

Petra1I enjoy diversity in all of its forms. As far as hobbies go, I enjoy a variety of activities from biking, hiking, swimming to more relaxed things such as gardening and reading. I’ve never been focused on just one sport or had any serious ambitions in sports, it’s more about feeling good and having fun. Sailing is something I love, it enables me to go with nature and slow down my inner clock a little bit.

 

 

What do you do at Amer Sports and how does your day usually look like?

I’m the HR person for Amer Sports Digital that includes Sports Tracker and Suunto. My days vary a lot, and that’s something I really like. The days almost always include things connected to transformation and change. It can mean new recruitments, team development or on a bigger scale developing new ways of working or even shifting and clarifying our culture. Every job has parts that aren’t so great, for example I don’t enjoy dealing with receipts, but sometimes that’s what’s on the menu.

What is something that really motivates you to get up every morning and do your job?

I love the people I work with. The best part is that I get to create win-­win situations, which means people are developing and growing while also business is benefiting at the same time. Motivated people who are progressing make a successful company and I’m very happy to work in that intersection.

What kind of technologies are you working with?

This question might sound redundant for HR but it’s not! I get to work with different social media channels, video tools, intranet publishing and all kinds of HR tools.

Are there some interesting projects you’ve been working with at Amer Sports?

Lots of them. Recently for example we’ve been working to clarify Sports Tracker mission and Suunto purpose, these dialogues are for me highly motivating and give me a strength as they provide direction and intent. Sports Tracker joined Amer Sports a bit over a year ago and it’s been an interesting task to get to know the team, service and start building the way forward together. Seeing progress is always super-motivating.

It’s exciting to be a part of something new, a kind of startup inside of a corporation… I’m happy.

What is the favorite thing about your job and working here?

People. I like to think my job has positive effects on people’s lives.

I get more feedback here than ever before. Last year I received an honorary award from my colleagues and it came as a huge surprise to me. Many people showed warmth and encouragement and this served as a validation that I’m doing the right things.

If you were to recommend working here to your friend, what would you say?

With all the complexity, brands and opportunities, Amer Sports is an incredible place to be at this point of time. Anyone who is curious and with passion, this is the company you want to work for.

At Sports Tracker and Suunto it’s all about people, so if you’re interested in people and want to be a positive influence in the world, then this is a great place to work. It’s amazing to be a part of an organization that helps and inspires millions of people around the world. I don’t mean just top athletes or professional adventurers, a few months ago for example, I had a chance to talk to a young man in his early twenties, who had suffered a stroke and had to learn to walk again. For motivation he started tracking his walks with Sports Tracker ̶ first 10 meter, then 20 meters and eventually longer and longer until he could walk where he wanted. There are so many different stories of how we have been a part of someone’s life and each time I hear one, it makes me more excited and motivated to work here.

What kind of people do you enjoy working with?

It’s great to work with people who are committed, motivated and understanding of other people. That said, I enjoy a very wide variety of different types of colleagues. Being interested in people is a major part of why I chose to work with HR in the first place; I love the fact that we are all different and it’s great to see when people use their unique personalities and strengths to bring the whole team to the next level.

I believe it’s important that we can be our ‘true selves’ at work, because we spend so much time here… I can be a real dork with stupid jokes sometimes, but people seem to accept it, because it’s part of the package.

I don’t enjoy people who deliberately sabotage the team’s success, it’s the only thing I can think of that I can’t tolerate at all.

How has your job changed since you started working here?

Not only my job but also the whole organization has evolved a lot. The tech world is fast-paced and ever changing, so we need to change with it. I’m committed to enabling opportunities for success and that means always thinking of better, smarter and more effective ways of moving ahead.

We would like to encourage people to fail and try better next time and also to prove we’re all humans who make mistakes and learn from them. Therefore, what is your biggest mistake?

It’s probably not the biggest mistake ever, but I made a survey for the organization to get final feedback about an 18 month development program we had just finished. People answered and all looked well, until I realized that we had changed the survey tool and all the information vanished when the license to the old tool expired. Very embarrassing and also annoying as people had used their time to give me feedback. What I would do differently ­is that I would put a calendar reminder about the tool expiration date.

 

Do you have some questions for our employees or something you would like to know about Amer Sports? Let us know!

 

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Life at Sports Tracker – Ramon, our Android guru

29 June 2016 Jobs, Meet the Team

During three months we will be bringing you stories of Sports Tracker employees. They are the ones building the products you love from scratch, putting countless hours into them and overcoming challenges just to deliver great user experience and make your life easier.

Last time we brought you an interview with Steven from Android team.
This time we talked with Ramon Sadornil, Lead Android Developer at Sports Tracker.

Please tell us your story. Who is Ramon and what does he enjoy doing aside from his daily job?
RamonOriginally I come from Barcelona. I’m 32 (soon to be 33).
I have one kid, another one is on the way. In my free time I’m something people call “geeky”. I do a lot of hobby projects and I’m active in Android and developer community in Helsinki for around 3 years now.
Aside from those, I also help organize different technical events and meetups. An upcoming event I’m involved in is Google Launchpad. It’s an accelerator aimed at tech startups that will help them grow into successful companies.

I also enjoy mountain biking although in this part of Finland we can’t really call it “mountain” but rather something like “hill bike riding”.

What do you do at Sports Tracker and how does your day usually look like?
Currently I’m working on maintaining and fixing our Android application. We mostly work with 1 or 2 features at a time. Each week we plan activities for that week and have lots of interesting planning discussions. My favorite ones are the ones we have with users.

My other task is keeping an eye on Google Play reviews. As much as we enjoy reading that Sports Tracker changed someone’s life, we also like to hear feedback about what can be improved. In that sense, I can say that user feedback and comments contributed a lot to improvements and development inside the application.

What is something that really motivates you to get up every morning and do your job?
I see my job as really rewarding because every single day I learn something new. We have a lot of freedom and new ideas. I’m in touch with real people, our users, and I can clearly see how our application is changing their lives. In this job you can reach millions of people with your code and that is something not so many jobs can offer.

What kind of technologies are you working with?
Aside from standard ones, we have recently started working to support Android wear devices. There are also Firebase Analytics and ReactiveX/RxJava.
Since Google technologies are constantly evolving in terms of features, we are trying to keep up. We like to explore new technologies and even if some of them we don’t adopt fully, we try everything and see what suits us the best.

What is your favorite thing about your job and working here?
My two favorite things about working here are challenges and people. Challenges are there on a daily basis which means we are all the time learning new things, evolving and improving. When it comes to people, they make a really good team.

They are all tech savvy and know what they are doing. Even when one of the team members doesn’t know something, there is always someone else to help out. In that sense, we are filling each other’s knowledge gaps really well and work as a compact team.

If you were to recommend working here to your friend, what would you say?
I can put it in a simple sentence: “Come help us to build things that help people improve their lives!”

How has your job changed since you started working here?
I’ve worked here since 2012 and back then we were quite small. My job as an Android Developer hasn’t changed drastically, but in general we’ve grown a lot. We now have more resources available and more visibility. However, we’ve still managed to keep the same working culture and work as a team.

We would like to encourage people to fail and try better next time and also to prove we’re all humans who make mistakes and learn from them. Therefore, what would you say has been your biggest mistake?
There are many mistakes we made in the past 4 years. Sometimes we don’t test enough and release the version, for example. The lucky thing with Android is that once we push the version it’s not pushed for everyone so we have some control over risks we are taking. We are all the time taking lots of risks but they always pay off.

Do you have some questions for our employees or something you would like to know about Sports Tracker? Let us know!

We’re currently looking for a Senior Android Developer, so if you feel inspired by Ramon’s story, check this out. 

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Life at Sports Tracker – Android developer Steven

22 June 2016 Jobs, Meet the Team

During three months we will be bringing you stories of Sports Tracker employees. They are the ones building the products you love from scratch, putting countless hours into them and overcoming challenges just to deliver great user experience and make your life easier.

Last time we brought you an interview with Juan from Technical Operations team.

This time we talked with Steven Zhu, Android Developer at Sports Tracker.

StevenPlease tell us your story. Who is Steven and what does he enjoy doing aside from his daily job?

I’m originally from China but I’ve spent last 8 years in Finland. First I was studying in Tampere and working for Nokia. After moving to Espoo I started working at Rovio and now I’m here at Sports Tracker.

In my free time I’m a casual runner and enjoy hiking, mostly in Nuuksio national park, especially around this time of the year.

 

 

What do you do at Sports Tracker and how does your day usually look like?

I’m an Android developer at Sports Tracker which means I’m covering a big amount of interesting tasks.  

Aside from making sure we always have a neat code and no bugs, together with my team we decide on our big plans and next steps and review designs and codes.

There is always one big goal divided into smaller steps and their proper execution is what my day is made of.

What is something that really motivates you to get up every morning and do your job?

Our Sports Tracker team is really great. People are very open even when they disagree and we always have some interesting discussions going on and come up with solutions together.

Our manager puts a lot of trust in us and is very understanding. For me that’s a really great environment to work and grow in.

What kind of technologies are you working with?

I’m mainly working with Android (surprise, surprise!), Google Services and lots of different 3rd party libraries.

What is your favorite thing about your job and working here?

I’m really happy we have a product already released and being used by millions of consumers. Being part of something so useful for end users is really motivating. Yes, we have lots of challenges, especially on the Android side. There are a lot of different screen sizes so we have to be extra careful during testing phase, especially on UI and hardware side. This all makes us grow, learn and develop a better product.

If you were to recommend working here to your friend, what would you say?

Our team is consisted of really nice people who understand and respect each other’s opinion. We also have a very good work-life balance. We’re all using Sports Tracker application on a daily basis and since all of us know the product inside-out, people are passionate to make it even better.

What kind of people do you enjoy working with?

People who I’m working with at the moment are the kind of people I like to work with- respectable, very open to different viewpoints, okay with disagreements and always willing to learn new things.

We would like to encourage people to fail and try better next time and also to prove we’re all humans who make mistakes and learn from them. Therefore, what’s your biggest mistake so far?

Of course, during my time here I’ve contributed to some weird code here and there which resulted in bugs. Luckily, everyone at Sports Tracker uses the app so frequently that they also find issues really fast. In our team mistakes are okay, managers understand and expect people to make mistakes but that’s part of the learning process, especially when working in a fast-paced environment.  

Do you have some questions for our employees or something you would like to know about Sports Tracker? Let us know!

We’re currently looking for a Senior Android Developer, so if you feel inspired by Steven’s story, check this out. 

 

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