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Continuous Improvement at Sophilabs

Delivering excellent service to clients is at the core of our purpose, and continuously improving our performance is central to achieving that. We constantly reflect on what we can do better as a team and as individuals. Providing and receiving regular feedback is an important way to encourage our team members (and ourselves) to learn and grow.

At sophilabs we decided to eschew traditional evaluation methods and develop an effective process for giving genuinely helpful feedback. Continuous Improvement is our approach to identifying both strengths and weaknesses and creating clear action points to facilitate growth. It's our ongoing effort to be the best version of ourselves.

What's wrong with an annual review?

The most widely-used traditional method of giving feedback – the annual review – often has a negative impact on company culture and the mindset of individual team members. Centering the feedback process on one big evaluation causes team members to focus on external rewards rather than on learning for its own sake, diminishing their intrinsic motivation and the authenticity of their efforts. This is detrimental to team members' creativity and innovation, and it erodes their sense of purpose. In addition, the looming annual review tends to instill fear rather than enthusiasm.

  • Making Our Vision a Reality: Implementing OKRs at Sophilabs

    We understand that big dreams must be met with an equally big focus on creating specific goals, establishing a clear method of measuring progress, and being willing to see mistakes as opportunities to grow. In this post, we explore what OKRs are, best practices for applying them, and how we implement them here at sophilabs.

  • Git Fundamentals

    Git is a Distributed Version Control System (DVCS), a tool used to develop and maintain software. It allows you to develop software in incremental steps and gives you a view of the project's history. As a developer, this is useful as once you learn the fundamentals, you will have an easier time keeping track of your work. Learn the basic commands set to start using Git today.

  • Officevibe at Sophilabs: How Checking the Pulse of Our Company Culture Helps Us Maximize Motivation and Engagement

    Officevibe is doing great work helping companies receive anonymous feedback from team members on their work environment and company culture. This post delves into how we use Officevibe, what we've learned from our team members' feedback, and the changes we've made to ensure that sophilabs is a fantastic place to work.

  • An Agile Development Glossary

    If you're new to Agile development, all the jargon we use at sophilabs can make us sound like we're speaking an entirely different language! We've put together a glossary of Agile terms to help keep everyone on the same page.

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