Walter Humans — Boris Aničić
The first edition of Walter Humans features Boris Aničić, an outstanding Senior Software Engineer and a crucial member of our Mostar office team. Boris has played an important role in the growth and success of our organization, especially in our Mostar office, where he has been an integral part of the growth of our team.
Through his exceptional technical skills and his unwavering dedication to excellence, Boris has consistently delivered top-quality results on our projects, earning the respect and admiration of his colleagues and superiors alike.
Boris has also made it his mission to ensure that our corporate culture is extended to our new employees in Mostar, fostering a positive and collaborative work environment that encourages innovation and growth.
With all that said, we are proud to present to you — Boris Aničić!
Interview with Boris
- Can you tell us more about your experience working at Walter Code?
In August 2019, I began my employment with Walter Code as a WPF developer in a newly found office in Mostar. I was assigned to a team stationed in Oslo as the only member from Bosnia and Herzegovina on a project that is developing an application for the Autodesk CAD system. After a year and a half, the team in Oslo dissolved and the whole development transferred to me and my colleagues in the Mostar office. Since then, we are working on the implementation of new features and maintaining the product together with our clients.
- How do you balance your work and personal life, and what does your off-time look like?
After work, I am mostly enjoying my time with friends and family, watching some good movies and TV shows, or going out to live music events. I am also part of the Rugby club Herceg, from Mostar, where I am a member of the board and I am coaching younger generations. Rugby is a big part of my life and besides the physical benefits that I’m getting from it, it made me tougher and taught me to always go forward no matter how hard I get hit.
- What is it that you appreciate most about your colleagues at work?
The best thing about my team is that we are a bunch of different personalities that are doing well together and making things done. Having a team made up of diverse personalities can bring a wide range of perspectives and experiences, which can lead to more creative problem-solving and innovative ideas. It is my joy to find new ways of connecting individual strengths to make the team more efficient!
- What is the best thing one of your co-workers has done for you?
The best thing that a team member has done for me has to be the moment that they referred me and later recruited me to Walter Code. It was a great feeling to get the recognition and to be suggested as a great addition to the team. Since then, I used the opportunity to develop, grow and enjoy the great atmosphere that our team has nurtured since.
- Are you satisfied with your work-life balance?
The team that I am in has been together for quite a while now, and we’ve made great adjustments when it comes to planning out the work, and meeting deadlines.
I am quite satisfied with my work-life balance, as we tend to plan our work really well so there is no need to think about it after working hours and there is no unnecessary pressure or tension. It is a crucial part of being happy at your workplace, as “bringing work home” cannot be good for you in the long run.
- Can you tell us more about the project you’re working on?
The project that I am currently working on is quite interesting. We are developing a system that makes life easier for mechanical engineers. Our project reduces the time a mechanical designer is spending on writing necessary documentation, prevents errors caused by incorrect product information, reduces unnecessary costs and delays, and enables faster time to market.
We are also following the latest IT trends by integrating virtual and augmented reality contour products as well as support for cloud-based CAD systems.
- Have you ever had to make a tough decision? If so, can you describe the situation and how you handled it?
At the beginning of my career in Walter Code, I was quite new to the sort of industrial project that I was working on. After the team in Oslo dissolved, I thought my lack of experience in this particular niche would be an issue, and I thought about leaving the project.
Afterward, thanks to the support of our clients and my Mostar colleagues, I handled it well and continued to expand my knowledge in the industry.
- How do you stay motivated and positive, even when facing challenges?
Overall, I would say that I am a pretty easygoing person, and it is not hard for me to stay positive. I believe that every challenge can be overcome by understanding its needs and requirements. If it happens that I make a mistake, and it happens, I try to learn something from it and move on.
The biggest idea behind keeping cool in the face of difficulties is that you can come up with more solutions if you don’t let the emotions run you.
- How do you feel about long-term career goals?
I let my long-term career develop naturally. I am always adapting to a current situation and making the best of it, just like in Agile development. It’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon — many would say, and I completely agree. For me, thinking about what might happen in the future, without knowing the circumstances under which it will happen, is a waste of time. I just adapt to ongoing challenges and “roll with it”.
- Do you have anything to suggest to our readers?
If you want to be better in anything you need to put yourself in unknown and awkward situations, that is how I continue to grow in my field, by accepting challenges and moving outside of my comfort zone. Also, I am always trying to learn from other people, be it clients, managers, teammates, seniors, or juniors, always expanding my knowledge and accepting various constructive inputs.
I would also like to add that staying calm, and paying attention to work-life balance is sometimes key, especially in the fast-paced IT Industry that can leave you with severe stress if you let it.
Everyone is unique. That’s a strength, not a weakness.
As Boris said, when different people get together, it’s wonderful seeing how cooperation, teamwork, and focus on the goal can bring great results.
It has been our pleasure introducing you to Boris. We hope that his story helps you see the IT industry from a bit of a different perspective, where it’s not all about the tech stack, but it’s about making the best out of any situation and aligning the circumstances with your goals.
Stay tuned for future Walter Humans interviews.