Vasiliy Ivanov’s Blog

 Aberration-free educational institutions

Aberration-free educational institutions

Aug 16, 2018

Let us consider a very simple operating model of an organization, be it a commercial or a state-owned enterprise. An organization begins with an idea, then it develops its production cycle, manages the sales and promotion of its products, and maintains contact with its clients. In what way does an educational institution differ? It goes ...

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A Barrier to Personal and Professional Development

A Barrier to Personal and Professional Development

Aug 07, 2018

At work and in everyday life I actively offer other people quite interesting (from my point of view) opportunities for both professional and personal development. Naturally, I get the same kind of advice from some more sophisticated acquaintances of mine.   I’ve recently realized a curious thing. One of the greatest barriers ...

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Leaders: to employ or to nourish?

Leaders: to employ or to nourish?

Jul 26, 2018

First off, I’d like to clarify that in this piece I will state my conclusions based on personal experience in KeepSolid and other companies where I worked. This information probably only concerns young companies, and may not be applicable to organizations that have long existed in the market or do not plan to actively increase ...

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Manager and control

Manager and control

Jun 11, 2018

Hello! It’s nice to be back to you again after a long break. Perhaps, you are curious why I’ve been away for so long? Well, this has to do with an extensive restructuring of work processes that we’ve launched in the company. Especially and specifically, its management positions. As it turned out, the key problem in our ...

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From students to professionals

From students to professionals

Feb 05, 2018

Now, our company is going through the phase of active growth again, and we are faced with a problem of hiring. This issue is beyond the scale of a city and even a country. Only a few universities all over the world really teach students the material that will be useful to them throughout their professional careers. Most universities ...

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To trust or to check?

To trust or to check?

Nov 21, 2017

I want to share with you a small victory, which was for us a confirmation of the chosen strategy and the importance of the decisions made.  After 4 years of the company's operations, our revenues began to plummet. At the same time, according to all the KPI, the catastrophe was not foreseen, only small seasonal fluctuations falling ...

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A product IT company is...

A product IT company is...

Oct 19, 2017

A full cycle of works in a product company or why outsourcing is just a minor addition to product development. Probably, this is the best beginning of the answer to the frequently asked question, "what is the difference between product IT companies and outsourcing". Of course, in order to become fully acquainted with the activities of ...

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France

France

Oct 10, 2017

The first thing to take here is the mode of operation of restaurants and cafes. Regardless of how hungry you are, they work according to their schedule. This schedule looks something like this: from 12:00 - 14:00 and 19:00 - 21:00. It is hardly possible to find a decent institution that feeds at another time. Some restaurants generally ...

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KeepSolid

KeepSolid

Aug 16, 2017

Start Four years ago, on August 9, the first product of KeepSolid appeared on the internet and so did its first sale. At that moment we did not know what to focus on, and the concept of ​​a developing company we had only through the experience of actively shooting ourselves in the feet. We created small applications for iOS and tried to ...

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"My company does not need a strategy!"

Jul 26, 2017

"My company doesn’t really need a strategy!" is a frequent statement of the small-to-medium business owners that we often hear when talking about our Roadmap Planner product. Agree? If yes, tell me: are you planning your life? Do you really have no thoughts or plans regarding a place you want to live in in 5 or 10 years? Or ...

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Agreements. Contractual and unspoken

Agreements. Contractual and unspoken

Jul 10, 2017

I'm sure everyone knows memes about "expectation and reality". They’re always so funny! But how often do we stop to check if our own behavior happens to fall under the same theme? So, to agreements! For me, this is one of the most sore subjects in professional life. This is due to the fact that there a lot of people in the company ...

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Collins’ Red Flags

Collins’ Red Flags

Jun 13, 2017

Foreword. This article was to be my speech at the next meeting for project managers of our company. But, since this topic is close to the idea of this blog, I will try to kill two birds with one stone. Therefore, dear colleagues, read it! We’ll discuss this later ;-) In his book From Good to Great, J. Collins described a system of ...

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Organization chart

Organization chart

Jun 07, 2017

I knew the "organization chart" definition even before the company was created, but I realized its true value only after the company surpassed the mark of 60 employees. Before that I had time to talk to each employee during a week, I knew what was happening in the projects, and personally took part in solving the emerging ...

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Internship in KeepSolid. Summer 2017

Internship in KeepSolid. Summer 2017

May 31, 2017

It is the second month since we've launched the enrollment of students for the summer internship 2017 in KeepSolid. In this article I covered the primary idea which serves as a base for our activities with students. Today is the last day for applications and I'm looking forward to the internship start, because our graduate interns are ...

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San Francisco. Part 2, practical

San Francisco. Part 2, practical

May 08, 2017

This article is a continuation of the previous one [read here], after which I was asked about the cost of recreation. So I will try to describe in more detail what I still remember. Accommodation There are at least four options for housing: Hotels Rental apartments or houses Hostels Friends I usually look for hotels through ...

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San Francisco

San Francisco

May 02, 2017

California is the state of my dreams. Both me and my friends traveling in California come back from there with one thought: "It is a place where you feel very unusual, get high spirits and inspiration; it’s a feeling that cannot be conveyed". A few years ago, my wife and I began our trip in Hawaii, then took a car and drove from ...

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Kick starting a company

Kick starting a company

Apr 28, 2017

"Startup" has been a popular word for years. Influenced by obsessive ideas that spreading on the Internet, and lacking clear understanding of business components, young guys clutch at their idea and already consider themselves to be businessmen. How do you feel about this? Please share your opinion in the comments. Dilemma The pros of ...

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Business owner, company manager, or a penny-pincher?

Business owner, company manager, or a penny-pincher?

Apr 24, 2017

I find myself in the epicenter of disputes about holidays and vacations all too often. Though I try to not discuss the personal time that people want to spend on themselves. But I wonder about the fundamental question - why is the number of conversations about vacation inversely proportional to the productivity of a person? This is the ...

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Friends and business

Friends and business

Apr 20, 2017

This is the question for which a middle course is not a synonym for an optimal solution. It so happened that some of the employees or partners of our company are my friends. Some of them I knew before the company was founded, and others I met at work. As I once wrote, one of the features of the IT product company is a heavy ...

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How I came up with the idea of ​​internship in the company

How I came up with the idea of ​​internship in the company

Apr 19, 2017

Prehistory I remember the time when I was a student. It was the best time in my life - no longer parental control and no duties so far. Freedom! Constant hikes, night hangouts by the sea and so on. However, by the second year I realized that it was not promising to make a living as a steeplejack by insulating other people's apartments. ...

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Teambuilding. Luxury entertainment or necessity?

Teambuilding. Luxury entertainment or necessity?

Apr 18, 2017

Subject matter of the discussion Ask managers whether they conduct teambuilding events. Then ask the staff if they want to participate. The answers will often be completely different. One of the first thoughts of any business owner when hearing about teambuilding: "Laying out a lot of money for god knows what again." Not all employees ...

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Career within a company. Motives and Principles

Career within a company. Motives and Principles

Apr 17, 2017

Search for professionals or hire internally? It's no secret that the best candidates for leadership positions are company’s current employees. There is no magic in this - no Harvard or MBA graduate can know the company, its values ​​and culture better than its employees. Proofs of this idea can be found in the books of Jim ...

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Roadmap Planner

Roadmap Planner

Apr 16, 2017

I'd like to introduce our products to you and I shall start with Roadmap Planner (http://roadmap-planner.io). Why exactly this one? First, this product is intended for medium- and long-term planning, and this is a good reason to plan our relations ;). Second, it is the youngest among all products that we have already released to the ...

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KeepSolid - Dream, Achievements, Pride!

KeepSolid - Dream, Achievements, Pride!

Apr 15, 2017

For me, the company is the second family, home, interesting people and a professional team. Since childhood, I've been passionate about creating something. Only the environment served as the determining factor for me. At home, I was assembling the construction sets, turning ships out of wood with my grandfather in the garage, and by the ...

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Welcome

Welcome

Apr 14, 2017

As is right and proper for polite people, I'll begin our communication from an acquaintance. So, my name is Vasily, I'm the head of the IT company. We specialize in creating our own products, we start with the idea and finish... actually, we never finish. We invent, design, develop, release, promote, collect data, and then start a new ...

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