How do you deal with stress and anxiety? How do you project yourself and QArea in the future?
Max Zorian-Garkavtsev: Personally, I meditate and try to stay physically healthy. I take care of my diet, don’t eat meat, and obviously take all the necessary COVID-19 related precautions.
When it comes to the company — we’ve learned to do more with smaller budgets. We’re not going to continue overworking ourselves and operating in “crisis mode” as we did during the first month of the pandemic.
The dust has more or less settled, the confusion has been dealt with, and everything is going according to our plans and strategies. These aren’t the plans and strategies that we set out at the start of 2020, but we’ve adapted and know where we’re going.
This global crisis has helped everyone become more transparent with each other — from employees communicating their needs to clients requesting tweaks and changes in our partnerships, to us, as a company, being clear about what we can and can’t accomplish given these new limitations.
Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?
Max Zorian-Garkavtsev: There is a lot of competition. Too many companies to count. But we’ve found a niche for our company, and we’re fairly certain we’re the best vendor in this niche.
We’re the only mid-sized company in Ukraine with both a CMMI-DEV 3 appraised and ISO 27001 certified team. We’re adaptable and easy to work with. Our internal processes have been polished to near perfection, but we’re quick to change how we work if it helps us “mesh” with a client’s unique approach or requirements.
So, we don’t really focus on our competition too much. We monitor some companies, learn from their mistakes and successes, and apply what we can at QArea. If a new approach improves us as a team — we keep it. If something doesn’t work out — we change it.
It’s worked for us for nearly 20 years now, and our response to the pandemic has shown that knocking us out of the game isn’t that easy. We plan to keep building on the solid foundation we laid 19 years ago, placing bets on steady growth, investing in our employees, and working with clients who are as dedicated to quality and reliability as we are.