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Adrian Frei
@ Trivadis

Adrian Frei, application developer, has a soft spot for booklet notes and remains true to the same credo both regarding his work and his coffee.

 

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My fascination for computer science? To be honest, it came about when I was playing games on the computer – "Age of Empires" to be precise. There I helped build my virtual empire by adapting XML files. Next step: apprenticeship as a computer scientist. That's where my enthusiasm for programming really took off. Three years of work experience later I ended up at Trivadis.

The best thing about my job is developing something that creates real added value. To see that my application is used actively and that it makes the customer's life easier – that's a great feeling.

My job title according to my business card: "consultant application development". In concrete terms, this means that I program for clients or draft ideas and proposals for new functions in their software, develop, test, iron out errors and start again – in short, Scrum. Usually, one browser tab is reserved for Stack Overflow and, most importantly, what's always open is my diary. I'm also a "post-it guy". There are lots of sticky notes around my screen with my to-dos – but after a concentrated period of work, I usually throw 95 percent of them away again.

The best thing about my job is developing something that creates real added value. To see that my application is used actively and that it makes the customer's life easier – that's a great feeling. But also being part of new teams, passing on my knowledge and supporting others gives me joy – and the appreciation and team spirit that comes with it.

People appreciate each other – in home office times I feel this at the least when my emails and questions are always answered amicably and quickly, no matter who I send them to.

Appreciation: for me, that's what Trivadis is all about. I have been here for five years now. During this time, I have adjusted my workload from time to time. That has never been a problem. The needs of the employees are always taken into consideration, and everything is done for them. And people appreciate each other – in home office times I feel this at the least when my emails and questions are always answered amicably and quickly, no matter who I send them to.

By the way, I currently work 90 percent. The free 10 percent I distribute flexibly over the week. I often take a long lunch break and get on my bike for two hours. On the weekends, I stop off at my favourite coffee shop to get fresh beans. Making coffee is something I celebrate. I take my time grinding the beans by hand with a grinder. Since my time in the Swiss military service, I have had a credo: "Slow is precise and precise is fast". You can try to do everything at once and as quickly as possible, but in the end the slower and more precise way is usually the best – that applies to coffee as well as to software development.

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