On June 1, 2018, Jan Kocián became the new head of development at Aimtec. His task is to increase the team’s productivity while also making DCIx even more customer-friendly. With him have come transformations – mainly in the development-team structure and in how requests born from projects are handled.
Aimtec produced the first version of DCIx – a MOM (Manufacturing Operations Management) system – in 1998 in response to the special demands of customers from automotive. In the 20 years since, its once-small team has become Aimtec’s largest division, with 54 members. Over half of these work on development. Alongside new feature requests and vision for the direction of DCIx, Aimtec encountered the need to fill the position of head of development. On June 1st, 2018, this leadership role was filled by Jan Kocián, an IT professional with 18 years of IT practice.
“Next year we’re preparing to focus even more on comprehensive projects connected with managing automation equipment; we’ll be implementing ideas for speeding up projects’ deployments, and we’re starting internal projects to improve our software’s UX. I am confident that Jan, with his experience and his proactive approach, will help to make the development process more efficient, and that we will thus be able to offer customers an even better product than before”, states Rostislav Schwob, Head of the DCIx division.
The first thing awaiting Jan Kocián was a change to the team’s organisation. “We had two large teams working on product development, customer development in individual projects, and all bugfixes. All this without any clear specialisations”. The large teams were universal and flexible, but they were hindering the division more and more in handling product-innovation requests. “My task was to turn an idea for a new development-division structure into a reality. We newly divided programmers up into four smaller teams specialised in the system’s individual modules. The team dedicated to the exploration and adoption of new technologies received a special place and special tasks”, said Jan Kocián of the developers’ new structure.
“This more intricate structure has also brought us greater team independence. By splitting up, we’ve been able to kindle new agile-development elements, and synergies in the handling of complex tasks began to appear after just a few weeks. Now we’re focusing on fine-tuning capacity planning within the new structure, and next year, a number of internal projects connected with the product’s development await us. We have a full backlog of interesting ideas, and I already can’t wait until we start carving into it at a faster pace than we have so far”, Kocián adds. Internal projects for further increases to the team’s efficiency will also receive more space. These include projects for moving to a new code versioning system, separating documentation from the system and automating preventive-maintenance runs.
New team leaders, smaller specialised teams and agile methodology bring more energy to product innovation
Each of the teams that now make up Aimtec’s development division has its own team leader, responsible for the development of the team and the modules it manages. Tomáš Časta, Jiří Dobrý, Roman Krňoul and Jiří Tuma have newly been selected as these leaders. They are now also the guarantors of an agile approach towards project processing, and they serve as their teams’ scrum masters.
Jan Kocián, Head of DCIx Development, Aimtec
Jan is a graduate of the Czech Technical University in Prague, where he studied at the Information Science department. After his studies, he worked in Java systems development, and he gradually advanced to a leadership position at CN Resources International (CZ) and later at Kerio Technologies, where he was in charge of leading the developer teams and communicating with clients. His free time is devoted to sports (volleyball, cycling and skiing) and his family.
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