Entering the world of code
Written by Roelinda Klip on 4th March 2015
With the rapid growth of Spindle and the expanding roadmap of ideas and products, it was necessary to tell the world about all the great things the Spindle nerds were working on. But statements like “Yes, sometimes we communicate things, mostly when we have a malfunction” or “The first and last newsletter we’ve sent to our clients was in September 2013” made it clear that this was not their favorite job. That’s where I came in.
A shack full of nerds
“Are you sure you can handle all those nerds?” the HR colleague asked me on my first day at Spindle HQ. Well, I must say the first standups with all the jargon were a little overwhelming, hearing 25 nerds talk about what they were up to that day. At the same time, it was also exciting to notice how passionately they talked about their work. Now, after three months, I can say I’ve really gotten used to working together with this great group of people (blogs like this one made things a lot clearer, too).
Let’s talk code
In my opinion, communicating about code to the outside world doesn’t mean it has to be all easy talk. People who work with our products, like the telecom providers at VoIPGRID, mostly work in IT themselves or have a feeling for it. It does mean that you need to focus on the things that are really meaningful to your audience. It has to be relevant: what exactly about your code or deploy do they need to know? Structuring this information and making it accessible, that is what I try to do at Spindle.
A nerd translator
Actually, making this translation turns out to be really not that difficult. The nerds at Spindle can explain their work very well. They just don’t enjoy spending time on telling about it, because why would you do that when you can develop even more awesome things? I agree with them and just have one thing to say: talk nerdy to me, and I will do the communication part for you ;-).
Open sourcing knowledge
Of course, this website is made for peers, not for customers. That’s why I’ve asked each and every nerd at Spindle to write an article and share some of their knowledge with you. It took some persuasion and deferred deadlines, but in the end, everybody wrote about something he’s passionate about. I hope you guys enjoy reading it and please, don’t hesitate to start the conversation!