Monstar Lab PH

Monstar Lab PH: 2018 in Perspective

A lot of things happen in a span of one year. New friends were made and new memories were created. We braved through trying times, counted on each other, and came out stronger than ever as one solid team. Due to this, Monstar Lab Philippines continues to grow as one big family.

As 2018 draws to a close and a new year dawns upon us, let us take a listen to some of the people behind the scenes but definitely contribute to the progress and success of Monstar Lab Philippines.

Nickname: Leand
Designation: Java Developer 2
Years with MLPH: 2 Years

What is your fondest memory with MLPH this 2018?

Working on a project with our Japanese team and developing a game on the Game Jam conducted by the Game Development Special Interest Group (SIG). I also had fun memories from company activities such as Band Night and Halloween Decoration.

What would you consider your biggest achievement that you are most proud of this 2018 in MLPH?

My T3 presentation of Neural Network. I had fun studying and enjoyed developing a machine learning application but most importantly, I shared what I learned to my fellow employees. It also gave me insights on how to communicate and present properly.

What are you most thankful for this 2018?

The experience I had working with other people and the wisdom I learned from them.

What are you looking forward to this 2019?

I’m mostly looking forward to and excited about the activities that we will do in the Game Development SIG*. There are also the opportunities to learn new technologies from upcoming projects.


Nickname: Maki
Designation: Project Manager
Years with MLPH: 1 Year and 9 Months

What is your fondest memory with MLPH this 2018?

Travelling across the Philippines to train end users of the Department of Agrarian Reform. Tiring yet satisfying.

What would you consider your biggest achievement that you are most proud of this 2018 in MLPH?

The release of RAX Suite this 2018. RAX Monitor has been deployed at the IQVIA McKinley Office and the RAX Studio free version has been released publicly.

What are you most thankful for this 2018?

Monstar Lab Japan’s support on providing potential clients.

What are you looking forward to this 2019?

Seeing how RAX’s features would grow and how the product could help Filipinos. More exciting projects for 2019!


Nickname: Chris
Designation: Senior UX/UI Designer
Years with MLPH: 1 year and 6 months

What is your fondest memory with MLPH this 2018?

I think having new employees on board this year is something that I really like because I get to know and guide them. I would add to this are the company activities (eg: halloween party) and Friday game nights.

What would you consider your biggest achievement that you are most proud of this 2018 in MLPH?

Two of my biggest achievements this year are the Suntory app, and the marketing of RAX. First is the delivery of Suntory project, which I was able to managed well with the team and the client was happy with our output. Second would be the marketing of RAX product, wherein I created the marketing plan and strategy along with the collaterals needed to kickoff the product.

What are you most thankful for this 2018?

I am thankful this year because even if I am with the company for 6yrs already, I am still learning new things not just in design but in other fields which I am able to explore my other talents.

What are you looking forward to this 2019?

To meet other designers from global offices to learn from them (their design process and standards), and to attend a design-related international seminar.


Nickname: Charm
Designation: HR and Admin Associate
Years with MLPH: 5 months

What is your fondest memory with MLPH this 2018?

I have a number of good memories here in ML. The one that I appreciate most was the November Activity which was the Halloween Contest. The Support Team really made an effort with all the costumes and props. Everyone was really in character! We really had a great teamwork, and with that we won the 1st prize.

What would you consider your biggest achievement that you are most proud of this 2018 in MLPH?

Being a part of the ML Support Team is my biggest achievement so far, I never had an experience working in HR Department before and I’m happy that my co employees appreciate my work. Every time I accomplished and resolved issues makes me feel that I am achieving HR goal, to meet employees’ satisfaction.

What are you most thankful for this 2018?

First, I’m thankful for ML management because they gave me a chance to prove that I can contribute to the organization. I’m also thankful because I gain new friends in ML. and of course I’m thankful for the benefits the company is providing. It means a lot to me.

What are you looking forward to this 2019?

I’m looking forward to continued learning. In 5 months, I feel like I have grown and learned a lot with HR Department, but there’s so much I still want to learn and experience. Maybe this 2019, it’s time for me to more independent in all aspect and to jump off to my comfort zone.


Nickname: Mita
Designation: Java Developer
Years with MLPH: 1 month +

What is your fondest memory with MLPH this 2018?

I haven’t been here long, so the fondest memory I have is when we completed all our tickets before the project demo of our 4th sprint and our client was so pleased of our progress that he paid immediately the next day.

What would you consider your biggest achievement that you are most proud of this 2018 in MLPH?

So far, being able to finish all of my tickets in the 4th sprint.

What are you most thankful for this 2018?

First of all I’m very thankful I got accepted as a java trainee here in MLPH. I was able to meet such friendly and awesome people here. I’m also thankful I had the opportunity to be assigned on a new project “Artemis” because I got to learn and use new technologies. I’m so thankful for my teammates, and everyone who has helped me during my stay.

What are you looking forward to this 2019?

I’m looking forward to the official start of the java training program. Working in my current project is great and I have learned a lot, but there are tasks that I’m still limited to. Going through the training would certainly enable me to contribute more to future projects. I’m also looking forward to more fun activities here in MLPH such as the game nights on Fridays and be more acquainted with everyone.

Contributor:
Gabriel Valmonte
Marketing Manager


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Outsourced Tech Partner

3 Outsourced Tech Partner Must-Haves

Nowadays, it’s not uncommon to look for support especially when it comes to tech development overseas. Potential outsourced tech partners are gaining more and more attention. Here’s a snapshot of how most enterprise managers source for their much needed software development partner. Open google, key-in “top software development companies” (or something like that), then click on search. The ever reliable search engine churns out a list (including actual lists), of top tech companies. This will serve as the initial pool of candidates as you pore over their credentials, websites and reviews.

A few good ones stand out among the rest and you make your final list of candidates to reach out to. Great! But wait a minute, before you lock in that final list or partner, stop and think if you have really considered every component?

Because sometimes with everything that we try to look at, we can miss out on the simplest yet important considerations for getting the outsourced partner perfect for our needs. We have just 3 simple things you can look as part of your criteria for choosing the best tech partner.

Accessibility

Since you are looking for tech partners outside of your immediate location, (or country perhaps), it is critical that we look at accessibility. It can be a combination of various aspects but the one thing we would want to focus on here is the time difference. The amount of time between you and your tech partner can define how you do your coordination, tech execution, and reaction to changes or issues.

If you have too large of a time gap, periodic coordination can become tedious to one or both parties. It will either be too early or too late in the day which can hamper productivity and even the quality of the meetings.

When it comes to execution and reaction time to address issues, a wide time difference can be very detrimental. You wouldn’t want to wake up in the morning to major issues, report it your tech partner only to be reviewed and resolved very late in the day (if at all). It can be difficult to communicate critical issues that need to be address immediately.

It may be wise to consider choosing a tech development partner who is within a maximum of 5 hour time difference from you. This is an ideal gap to work in and allows for flexible coordination opportunities and response time to issues.

Communication

Good and clear communication is key to any engagement or undertaking. But when it comes to technology project outsourcing, its importance cannot be stressed enough. You have to make sure that communication lines are crystal clear and that every aspect of the project is well documented.

It will also be beneficial if you find a partner that speaks the same language you are comfortable using, such as English for most people. If you can’t establish a connection due to language barriers, the success of the entire project hangs in the balance.

Capability

Competence and capacity to deliver is of course a MAJOR consideration. We often find ourselves asking “Do they have the resources? What about their track record in terms of projects completed? Or can they be trusted in the first place?

Your offshore partner has to exhibit credibility which may come in the form of several indicators such as years in operation, being part of a regional or global network, impressive projects undertaken and many more. Bottomline, they have to satisfy what it is you are looking for to make sure they are up to task.

Choosing the right tech partner can spell the difference between successfully launching your project and watching everything crash and burn. So save yourself from frustration and take these 3 items into careful consideration.

Contributor:
Gabriel Valmonte
Marketing Manager


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Here at Monstar Lab Philippines, we encourage our engineers, developers, and practically all team members to share technicals skills, development hacks, and industry knowledge to the entire family.

We conduct regular Tech Talk Tuesdays (or Thursdays), more popularly known as T3 Sessions.

This helps us keep our minds sharp and always up to date with the latest in software development, mobile development, and emerging technology. You can count on the expertise of our team to design and deliver top-notch enterprise software solutions. Feel free to send us a message anytime and we’ll help you out.

Outsourced Tech Partner Coordination

5 Tips for Better Coordination with Your Outsourced Tech Partner

The world has turned into a one big economy where we can transact with people from the other side of the globe. We can now collaborate on projects with offshore tech partners without the hassle of travelling and with better coordination!

That’s the convenience technology has brought us. Thanks to various apps, web platforms and whatnot, we are no longer confined to work within a short range. This is especially true in the case of technology. Businesses regularly tap experts from other countries as IT partners to help bring to life tech products or services such as mobile applications, web applications, and the like.

But when you really think about it, getting together with an offshore partner for a project is the easy part. The challenge usually lies in coordination. We all know that this could make or break your project let alone your professional relationship.

So here are a few tips from the people who deal with this set-up on a regular basis and is making it work for both parties.

Choose Stable Communication Channels

With all the communication tools available out there, bridging the physical gap has now become manageable. All you need to do is agree on the most convenient platform for both of you. A lot of things has to be considered but top of the list would be stable internet connection.

In our case we use Zoom for video conferencing a lot. It has a free option that you can upgrade when you see fit. We also use Slack for immediate correspondence and sending files across team members. But bottom line is to use technology you are both comfortable with and easy enough to learn and navigate.

Understand Their Culture

At the end of the day, we are still working with people of different backgrounds, values and culture. In order to get off on the right foot, get an understanding of your partner’s cultural background. It doesn’t have to go really deep. Just go deep enough so that you are sure that you don’t unknowingly cross cultural boundaries that might be taken the wrong way. An example would be how you address people of senior positions from countries that value hierarchy such as Japan.

Use A Common Language

The key to good coordination is, of course,  good communication. If you can’t properly understand each other, there’s a good chance that your project will be tricky to navigate and would require an unnecessary lot of back and forth.

To handle this, you may want to make sure that your IT partner can speak the same language or if not, at least have a very capable communicator as the point person for all discussions.

Always Agree on Set Deliverables

Setting expectations will make coordination easier and more productive. It’s good to be on the same page whenever you do your periodic touchpoints. This helps move the project along as you look at and discuss important pre-identified action items on your task lists.

Set Up A Feedback Mechanism

Agree and come up with a periodic feedback mechanism with your IT partner. This allows for transparency between parties and help mitigate issues beyond just the actual scope of work. This helps to quickly identify and rectify issues before they become big enough to break down communications and eventually the quality of work in the project.

Of course it takes beyond 5 things to ensure smooth coordination with your offshore IT partner, but starting on these will definitely be a good place to start. Coordination is critical in these types of arrangements that’s why choosing a relatable, reliable, and capable tech partner should still be number one priority!


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We take customer service seriously here at Monstar Lab Philippines. That’s why we ensure excellence in coordination and communication, thanks largely to over a decade of offshore engagement experience.

Let us know what problems you are trying to solve and let’s craft the best technological solution for you . You can count on the expertise of our team to design and deliver top-notch enterprise software solutions. Feel free to send us a message anytime and we’ll help you out.

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