Hacking Work – Working agile with a time clock and ‘no home office’-policy

What happens when you go full-in on agile and lean – with all of the company, not just the IT department? Wonderful things! When we started using Scrum in 2010, all we wanted was to deploy updates more often than every few months. Nowadays we “go live”more than 20 times a day and that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what’s changed.

No titles, no managers, no departments, no budgets, no overtime. Instead: self-responsibility, feedback, learning, freedom, and fun – that’s how we create value for our customers.

We’ve recorded the experiences and results from our transformation towards a lean and agile company in our book „24 Work Hacks … we wish we discovered sooner“. You can find a copy in your conference bag. We are looking forward to inspiring conversations about agile methods and your very personal #workhacks on re:publica 2018.

Hacking Telco – Innovative telephony services thanks to an extraordinary company culture

sipgate isn’t your typical telephony company. Founded in 2004, we became the first ever German VoIP provider and we’ve been exploring the space between internet and telephony ever since. With over 130 colleagues we work on innovative landline and mobile products for homes, offices and on the go. Hundred thousands of residential and business customers use our services daily.

We want better telephony for everyone. To achieve this, we routinely question things that many people take for granted, e.g. the idea that a mobile phone number has to be always tied to a SIM card! Our motivation is to challenge and change the status quo on a regular basis. That is why we are the only German provider that offers a mobile phone number without a SIM card – with our newest product “satellite”.

How do we achieve this? With a radical DIY approach. As nerds and designers, geeks and creators, we do everything in-house. Even though we’re quite small for a telephony company, we have our own networks for IP, landline and mobile telephony in Germany. We will continue to invest in our telephony platform, as this bespoke software system is the key to offering services other providers can’t offer.

Hacking Comfort Zone – Ongoing knowledge exchange as a core competency

Looking beyond the horizon and getting out of our comfort zone, doing things differently and keeping our customers in focus, these are the principles that fuel our work and make each day better than the one before. We meet exciting people and search for new perspectives at conferences, workshops and trainings around the globe.

We host a free event series, LeanDUS, at which national and international experts talk about agile methods, ean culture and many other interesting topics. Likewise, it is an essential part of our culture to share our knowledge and experience with others, e.g. on the Open Doors Day in our offices. Or in our talk “#hackyourwork: Shaping agile transformation in tech companies in a sustainable way” here at #rp18 – we are looking forward to meeting you there! 

Further information:
Our book „24 Work Hacks … we wish we discovered sooner“: 
satellite – the smartphone in the app: 
Events from/with/at sipgate: