Hello, everyone!

 

I am sure that you may recognize me from our social media platforms, where my colleagues post pictures of me and our team. Today I would like to introduce myself and tell you more about me, my background and my hobbies.

I am Gino, the Safety & Health Specialist of BBHT Solutions. You can find my resume below.

However, I am very happy here and I am not looking for another job. DMs are closed ūüėÄ

 

Gino                

General information

Role

Safety & Health Specialist

Age

5 years old

Graduation

Paw Patrol Academy

Main focus

Emotional intelligence, people greeting and vibe checking, multi-lingual barking, bodyguard and security checking, window watching, professional food sniffing, paw patrolling

Customers

Software testers, Developers, HR

Industries

IT

Languages

Italian, Romanian, Hungarian, English, German

 

Professional career

since 2022

Safety & Health Specialist at BBHT Solutions S.R.L.

2020 - 2022

COVID-19 Emotional Support Dog

2018 - 2020

In-house Life Coaching Specialist

 

Training                              

2018 ‚Äď 2020

Paw Patrol Academy

2017 - 2018

Puppy High School for Future Business Dogs

 

Qualifications

Safety & Health Specialist    

Emotional intelligence

after long meetings, he is there to help you recharge your batteries with some cuddles and back scratches

People greeting & vibe checking

enthusiastic to welcome you at the office, making sure to put a smile on your face even if it's raining outside

Multi-lingual barking

fluent in five languages

Bodyguard & security checking

every person entering the building is carefully sniffed and approved; every new arrival is notified

Window watching

strategically guarding the building and watching the possible hazards from the viewpoints

Professional food sniffing

making sure that all your snacks and lunches are eatable, offering you company, so you will never have to eat your meal alone

Paw patrolling

during the day, checking that all the rooms are safe, and all the colleagues are motivated to give their best at work

                                                                

Certifications  

Multi-lingual Barking Certificate

Language

Listening

Barking

Writing

Italian

C2

C2

B1

Romanian

C1

C2

B2

Hungarian

C1

C2

C1

English

A2

C1

A1

German

A1

B2

A1

 

Projects and Topics

Since 2022

Industry

IT (BBHT Solutions)

Description

Safety & Health Specialist

Activities

Cuddles, scratches, welcoming colleagues, barking, security check, guarding the building, food sniffing, paw patrolling

Technologies

Puppy eyes, zoomies, paw raising, `give me food` attitude

2020 - 2022

Industry

Personal Development

Description

COVID-19 Emotional Support Dog

Activities

         

Daily trainings outside, daily walking sessions during the lockdown, in-house cheer-up sessions

Technologies  

Fetching the ball, begging to go out technique, food sharing persuasion

2018 - 2020

Industry

Personal Development

Description

In-house Life Coaching Specialist

Activities

 

Doggy socializing events, dog-owner/treat-giving trainings, house guarding routine

Technologies

Multi-lingual barking technique, window watching, food sniffing

 

Another year is almost over and, as most of us usually do, we look back on the year and reflect on the wins and on its challenges.

2022 was anything but ordinary.

 

What happened in 2022? Let’s make a recap…

At the beginning of 2022, we celebrated 3 years since BBHT Solutions has been founded in Cluj-Napoca. We optimistically looked forward to new projects, clients and colleagues.

Thus, as the pandemic was over and everyone went back to their normal lifestyle, we quickly re-adapted and re-started to go to the office. As Corona thought us that the well-done work could be achieved from anywhere, including the comfort of our homes, we decided to continue to offer a hybrid work environment and let our colleagues decide what fits their life better.

In 2022, we started to collaborate with new clients and our longtime clients decided to build on the collaboration with us and extended their teams. This meant finding new, amazing people who would join us on a great adventure and who would each be a significant part of our team and our projects. In this regard, we started 2022 with 11 employees, and we end the year with 24 employees. We think that for a company which is slowly, organically growing, this was a great achievement for us during 2022, and we are so grateful for each colleague who trusted us and is working together with us. We look forward to having new collaborations and to growing in number, as a team, in 2023!

In November 2022 we made a change regarding our office space. As we welcomed new colleagues and won new clients, the decision was made to move our headquarter to a more spacious one, as well. We are very thrilled with the new office and happy to be able to work here. You can read more about our new office in our previous article at this link: Moving to a new office

In 2022 we also started a great collaboration, and a new colleague was added to our team: Gino, our office dog. A great co-worker, Gino is a friendly dog, loves people and interactions, and amongst all, he loves when we share food with him and pet him. He became the Safety & Health Specialist at BBHT Solutions, being a great emotional support dog.

To sum up 2022, it has been an amazing year for BBHT Solutions, with new beginnings. We want to thank everyone who took part on this journey! We look forward to strengthening our collaborations in 2023, and to starting new ones, as well as to continuing growing us a team and having new joiners!

We wish our colleagues and customers a Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

We will be back in the new year with new forces, ready to work together, innovatively and successfully! Happy New Year!

 

In January 2019 we set the first stone in our journey and founded the BBHT Solutions SRL in Cluj-Napoca. As an upcoming European technology hub, the Romanian city met our criteria for a successful work environment. We started small as any start-up would and we chose our offices in a central location with good infrastructure.

Together with our first colleagues on board we dreamed big...

Going through a pandemic and a lockdown, the colleagues had to adjust to a whole new situation, but they adapted quickly, and with a can-do attitude gave the clients even more reasons to work with us.

Until November this year, our office has been located on Baba Novac Street, in the neighborhood of the Romanian National Opera of Cluj-Napoca, which is just one of the cultural and historic highlights in the city.

BBHT Solutions is growing. We welcomed new colleagues and also won new clients, so the decision was made to also change our headquarter to a more spacious one.

At the new office, situated on Clinicilor Street, we combine the quiet of a side road with quick access to the center of Cluj-Napoca. Our office is close to the Central Park, and the main locations in the city, offering a great view of the surroundings. For lunch and after-work activities, we have a variety of restaurants, cafés and bars in the vicinity.

The partitioning of our new space fits our need better. We have much more space, a great meeting room, a big office and a smaller one, as well as a nice kitchen.

Home-office remains an option for us, and we can decide for ourselves if and when we want to go to the office.

We are thrilled with our new headquarters, and we look forward to spending more time together there, and also welcoming new colleagues starting 2023.

 

 

Last week, on the 2nd of November 2022, BBHT Solutions hosted the 4th SCRUM Workshop. The event was held by Andrea Kelemen, Operations Manager at BBHT Solutions, SCRUM Master and Product Owner, and 9 of our colleagues attended it.

 

 

We started the day with the theoretical knowledge, we learned what an Agile project management looks like, and we compared the classical and the agile approaches. Then, we discussed about the SCRUM framework, the SCRUM team, roles and members, SCRUM’s pillars and values, events, and artifacts.

We also took a lunch break, where we enjoyed good pizza, conversations, and fun time together.

Afterwards, we continued to learn more and discuss about SCRUM and the Agile methodologies. We talked about the importance of SCRUM’s 3 pillars (transparency, inspection, and adaptation), and its 5 values (commitment, focus, respect, openness, courage).

SCRUM also contains a number of 4 formal events during a sprint, which are: sprint planning, daily scrum, sprint review and sprint retrospective.

This framework is also based on 3 artifacts: Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog and Increment.

The most important part in SCRUM, the SCRUM Team, consists of one product Owner, one SCRUM Master, and the developers.

We talked about each notion mentioned above and tried to understand the role and utility of each of them. At the end of the presentation, we also looked at the Nexus framework - the implementation of Scrum in larger teams.

In addition to pure theory, what was learned was deepened with practical exercises. For the beginning, with the help of online planning poker, each of us distributed their "story points" to the "user stories" that were presented to us, and then we compared each other’s points. Those who gave fewer points or too many then the other colleagues, had to present an argument for their decision and try to convince the rest of us why their argument is valid. Thus, we learned how to estimate a user story and how to decompose it and understand what the stakeholders’ requests are.

Further, we divided in 2 teams, and each had to build a spaghetti tower out of 20 spaghetti and marshmallows. This activity was fun and challenged us to work in a team, cooperate and communicate effectively.

The last activity consisted of building a city of Lego. This time, all of us formed a single team, and together we had to run 3 sprints, 20 minutes each, with timeboxed events. Based on the user stories, we built together a city made of Lego, and we were able to successfully complete almost all the tasks. The short time for each event challenged us, and during the first sprint, we realized that many of our user stories went back in the product backlog. Why? Because although we planned and set realistic expectations, we did not communicate enough. Thus, in the following 2 sprints, we organized much better and divided the tasks among us, so we can finish them by the end of each sprint.

With this practical exercise, we understood how important communication and collaboration are in a team.

 

 

Adaptation, one of the 3 pillars of SCRUM, was crucial here, as we had to adapt to a very short timebox, get out of our comfort zone and work together, even if we encountered setbacks, so the final product is done in time and has value.

Here we also learned about commitment, one of SCRUM’s 5 values. The whole team committed to the sprint goal. We helped each other, and together, we successfully did a great job.

At the end of the day, we prepared for the “Professional Scrum Master I" certificate, and we solved an exam simulation of 80 questions.

We gained so much through this workshop: knowledge, information, teamwork experience, practical exercises, as well as a general view of how SCRUM works and how we can adapt this framework to almost any field of expertise and workplace, so we can obtain great results.

As a retrospective, it was a great day filled with useful information, learning and fun. Now the next challenge lies ahead: getting our PSM I certificate.

Back on the Track

After participating at the 6 km race at ‚ÄėCrosul Companiilor‚Äô, in May 2022, 4 of our colleagues accepted a new challenge and ran last Sunday in Cluj-Napoca, at the 4 km Cross and the 21 km Hervis Half-Marathon, respectively.

This was the second race where the BBHT Solutions team participated, and our colleagues were very enthusiastic to be part of this event. But this time, some of them took the challenge of running further than before.

The race took place throughout the city center, on a sunny and chilly Sunday morning.

Our colleagues at the Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon

 

T-shirts and medals from 'Crossul Companiilor' (blue) and 'The Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon' (white)

 

Participants, Races, and Stories

After a period of training, our 4 colleagues, Alexandra, Norbert, Alexandru and Mihaela, proudly represented our company at this race.

Alexandra ran for the 4 km Cross, which she enjoyed, and she recommends that 'anyone should accept this challenge'.

Norbert, Alexandru and Mihaela ran a half-marathon, the 21 km race.

For Alexandru, it was the first time he ran such a long distance, and although it was hard, it has been a great experience: 'I enjoyed running together with my colleagues, the mood was great, people were singing, playing instruments and yelling ‚ÄėYou can do it!‚Äô from the side of the road. I usually prefer running shorter distances and faster but next year I wouldn't mind going to the half-marathon race again'.

¬†‚ÄėI find running an activity with many benefits on my personal and professional daily life‚Äô, says Norbert, who runs several times a week in order to ‚Äėfeel upbeat and energized‚Äô. Also, he mentions that running helps him remain focused on the tasks that are ahead of him. ‚ÄėIt gave me great pleasure to participate together with the BBHT Solutions team at the 11th Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon.‚Äô

For Mihaela it has been the first time when she participated at a competition. Although she trained before, it was more challenging than she expected, but in the end, all the effort paid off: ‚ÄėI strongly believe that each of us needs to constantly push their limits and go beyond the barriers, as those are only in one‚Äôs mind. But we for sure can achieve much more than we think we actually can.‚Äô

Our colleague, Alexandra, after finishing the 4 km Cross

 

Our colleagues, Norbert, Mihaela and Alexandru, after finishing the 21 km half-marathon

 

Atmosphere and Results

The atmosphere throughout the race has been great, the participants were encouraged by people. The live music and the beating of the drums motivated the exhausted runners to reach the finish line.

All in all, it has been a nice experience, exhausting and challenging, but rewarding, as we tested our limits and realized we can achieve great results.

 

Future Goals

For the future, we hope to participate in a larger number at races and competitions, and to represent the BBHT Solutions team. As our colleague Norbert affirms, ‚Äėhaving healthy extra-professional activities is one important pilar in building a good professional environment‚Äô.

So, keep up the good work and keep running!

The medals received after the race

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