After presenting our CEO in the first installment of the Human Factor series, we decided to take a sharp turn and show you a younger part of Zingasoft. So we present to you Lusian Manolov. He’s involved in a lot of the projects we currently run and works both on front-end and back-end software development.
Making the most of university
Lusian is still doing his Computer Technologies studies at Plovdiv University, but his inner drive and strive for perfection made an impression on us the first time we met.
He already had a lot of experience in development as he had worked on an internal student platform for virtual lessons, testing, and assessment. “Although the project didn’t go all the way to become a reality, I earned valuable experience and developed new skills – both on the technical and on the project management side.” Some of the co-workers that got on that project are now Lusian’s colleagues at Zingasoft.
Currently, Lusian is learning Flutter. Like most developers, he’s learning best by doing – and also getting knowledge off of the rich information that’s at our tips in the digital age. “I mainly rely on online tutorials and a great introductory book that I turn to when I need to quickly check something.”
When learning new skills, what comes into play is Lusian’s tenacity. “I’m pretty persistent (sometimes downright stubborn),” he says with a smile “But I’m also optimistic and I believe a solution can be found for every issue.”
Great ideas can come from any direction
During our initial discussion with Lusian it was curious to hear what project or achievements he was most proud of. He didn’t mention a case where he fixed a complex development issue or where he wrote an especially intricate piece of code.
Instead, being the people-oriented person Lusian is, he talked about a time where he helped improve an internal process at Zingasoft:
“During a Sprint Retrospective meeting for a project of ours, I suggested a change in our Code Review policy and the way we approve Pull Requests. The proposal was welcomed by the team – and we actually transferred it to a new project we started later. I’m proud that I could contribute and I was also very happy that my voice was heard by the team.”
Balancing work and play
There’s a very common myth that developers are these cerebral types and it seems like Lusian is the living and breathing proof this is not the case. His hobbies include drawing, listening to music, and playing video games.
These activities help him decompress and apply his focus to tasks that are very different from his dev work. “I think productivity is a direct result of balancing work and rest.”
He sure seems to be getting the hang of this balance which, for a young professional living amidst messages glorifying hustle – is a refreshing sight to see. We can’ wait to see the next projects Lusian takes up!