It’s time to introduce yet another one of our amazing astronauts! This time, we have Tri, our Front-End Web Developer, to tell us more about what he does at Parcel Perform and his venture into web development:
Joshua: So, what’s your story?
Tri: My opportunity to become a Parcel Perform Astronaut came after completing my first project when I joined the Apollo Squad as a front-end developer for a couple of weeks.
Back then, when we just started there was only 1 member. We used to hold weekly meetings and I can still remember an amusing episode where they announced that the Apollo Squad had an incredible 200% increase in headcount…from 1 to 3 people! Subsequently, the Apollo Squad did grow bigger and merged into what is now the Parcel Perform Tech Hub in Vietnam.
Joshua: Apollo Squad, what’s that about?
Tri: Apollo Squad was a project team within the development house Silicon Straits which then later spun off and became today’s Parcel Perform development team here in Vietnam.
Joshua: What differentiates Parcel Perform from other companies?
Tri: Our entire Development team is aligned and focused on one thing: We aim to develop the best products that we can. I feel that is how Parcel Perform differs from other companies, we have common goals that help us all work well together.
We also have a very friendly and casual team culture – everyone in the Vietnam team usually does lunch and afternoon breaks together where we would chat or brainstorm about where to go for our next trip. There is also a nice park next to the office where we would often jog together.
Joshua: What’s a typical day for you?
Tri: I usually arrive at the office early to prepare myself. The Vietnam team – similar to the Singapore team – does a daily morning standup where everyone in the team gets updated on what happened the previous day and what we are going to do for the day. Following that, I will start work on the tasks prioritized for today during our weekly iteration planning sessions.
Joshua: As one of the longest standing members in the Development team, what would you say most motivates you to stay on at Parcel Perform and to do what you do?
Tri: Working at a startup is exciting as it is both a challenge and opportunity for me. What motivates me are the people whom I worked with at Parcel Perform – they came with a lot of knowledge and experience to make up a strong team, which I believe is one of the keys to Parcel Perform’s present and future success.
Joshua: How did you pick up coding and what made you enter the field of front-end web development?
Tri: I was curious about computers and how they work since my secondary school days. My first brush with web development was when I was tasked to set up the online forum for my high school – that was my first go at creating a public website.
After graduation, my friends and I started on a project (vuighe.net) creating an anime hosting website targeted towards teenagers. I also went on to work in front-end development and system administration, which eventually led me to my current role in front-end development.
Joshua: What’s next for you in your work and what are you looking forward to?
Tri: I want to be able to continually broaden my knowledge in web development and management. There are so many things to learn!
Joshua: What do you enjoy doing outside of your work?
Tri: Jogging and reading, mostly. I am also an introspective person so I like spending time on my own reflecting, thinking, and planning.
Joshua: What advice would you give to someone who is interested in web development as a career?
Tri: Aim to understand the product as much as possible. This industry is also fast-moving, so you need to be adaptable and open to learning from both failures and feedback. Last but not least, be an active contributor.
Want to check out who else is working with us? Read more about other astronauts at Parcel Perform at our blog, or go on to our LinkedIn page and get a glimpse of all our astronauts.
Joshua is the Marketing Manager at Parcel Perform. He loves technology, a good book. Outside of e-commerce and Parcel Perform, you can find him in the kitchen, gym or yoga studio.