12 December, 2019
ScaleFocus in November: Foosball, Gatherings, Knowledge & More
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We’ve already entered the last month of the year and are looking forward to the holidays. But first, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and look back at November, one of the most eventful months at ScaleFocus in 2019. Read below!

IT Beards & Foosball Tournaments

In November, ScaleFocus launched IT Beards – an initiative that came as a continuation of last year’s No Shave. This time though, it was open for all bearded gentlemen from the IT field and not only ScaleFocusarians. The donations from the voting went directly to the Association “Children with Oncohematologic Diseases”. We are proud of the 41 participants who grew beards all of November and thankful to all the benefactors!

Last month we also had a ScaleFocus edition of a Foosball Tournament at all of our locations. It entailed a lot of fun, tricky moments and positive emotions for our colleagues in Sofia, Burgas, Varna, and Plovdiv. You guys rock!

Parties, Knowledge-Sharing and More

Let’s take a look at several of the individual events that ScaleFocus’ locations had in November. Our team at Sofia South paid a visit to a dog shelter and hugs and walks were given all around – and as you can see in the picture, happy smiles too! 

The Java practice in Sofa South celebrated its birthday in November, gathering many guests for an awesome party. The colleagues enjoyed a chocolate fountain, a photo booth and many fun moments.

Аt our Capital Fort office, we had students from the High School of Computer Programming and Innovation in Burgas visit. Тhose awesome kids are always fun to have around. Also, for the atypical working Thursday, our .NET specialists gathered in Puzl Coworking in Sofia. The team worked together in a different environment and enjoyed the view from Puzl CoCafé. Change of scenery felt great and the creative juices flowed! 

ScaleFocus’ Quality Engineering teams from all locations gathered in November for their regular “QE Catch-up” – a traditional event that brings forward new ways to learn and get to know each other.  That is especially valuable for the newly joined colleagues – during those events, everyone is actively speaking to each other and bonding as people and professionals. 

In Burgas, we had interesting training by our colleague Zvezda. She spoke about DISC – a personal assessment tool that can help people cope better in their daily professional and personal lives. The presentation included information on the four types of personalities – Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Conscientiousness. Again in Burgas, Our Photo Game opened doors on creativity for our colleagues in Burgas, too! They had to take a photo around the office and enter a contest with the hashtag #insideScaleFocus and #ScaleFocusBurgas. The winner was our colleague Ivo Mironov!

New office For ScaleFocus Varna & Tech Moments

At the beginning of November, ScaleFocus Varna moved to a new and modern office in the BlackSea Capital building. The new address of our Varna office is Tsar Simeon I Str., 29, 2nd Floor. 

Moreover, the ScaleFocus team in Varna visited the Technical University to challenge the students there with a puzzle. There was a pleasant meet-and-greet and also a pretty impressive knowledge among the visitors.

Our colleagues Ivanka Ivanova and Dimitar Ivanov from our Java practice in Varna took part in a lecture event at the University of Economics. In the IT Master Class, they presented in front of the students the concept of test-driven development with an interactive demo. 

In a special event, in Bar Diagonal, Varna we invited tech enthusiasts to speak to ScaleFocus’ specialists. Everyone had a chance to discuss different tech topics and meet old and new friends. 

In our Plovdiv office, we started a new tradition: Lunch & Learn session that will happen every two weeks. For the first session in January, we had the Java Team in Plovdiv on the presenters’ spot in Lunch & Learn. The topics they covered for our attending colleagues were:  “ What is JVM?” and “Docker and Containerization”.

Those were the highlights of November. And now – let’s make the December ones even more epic!