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Expanding Perspectives in EvoWeek Spring 2022

Evo has just wrapped up its spring EvoWeek. EvoWeek is a time for the EvoFamily to improve their skills, discover new approaches to problems, and expand their perspectives on their work and teams.

EvoWeek is an opportunity to evolve as a team. We learn new skills together and help others develop their skills in areas of our own expertise. It’s a great opportunity for growth, which is one of Evo’s core values.

-Fabrizio Fantini, Evo CEO

From March 14th to 18th, our team devoted a large part of their busy schedules to documenting our tools, experimenting with new methodologies, learning advanced technical concepts, and developing soft skills that will help them do their jobs better.

EvoWeek was a bit different from the usual learning weeks put on by companies. We didn’t have a set of required courses for different roles to work through, nor did we require any team member to spend a particular amount of time learning. Instead, EvoWeek employed self-driven learning to advance each person’s professional development according to both their personal interests and the company’s needs.

EvoWeek Spring 2022

What we learned

This EvoWeek, Python was the big winner in terms of technical skills. During EvoWeek, we help the final courses in the Python for Bunnies series that was dedicated to making us faster Python users. We defined best practices for coding in Python to apply across the entire company, so that collaboration and sharing code will be easier. All teams from Product to Tech to Client were able to hone their Python skills and discover new tips and tricks to improve code efficiency.

Beyond teamwide Python courses, each employee was able to choose external courses that most appealed to their interests and would advance skills need for their projects. The only requirement is that it be a skill that would help Evo grow!

No all the focus was on the technical, of course. We had team members completing leadership courses, project management certifications, and taking time management seminars. We all worked on our communication skills and found more efficient ways to work together, especially across teams. The Product and Client teams even spent some time taking courses aimed at retailers so they could better understand the challenges our clients face every day.

During EvoWeek, my team focused on serving clients better. We chose to follow advanced courses on retail management to know more about recent issues and trending topics in the field. But we also want to be innovative and precise, so we coupled this with a review of scientific papers on critical retail subjects!

-Giuseppe Craparotta, Client Team Leader

The Product Team, on the other hand, focused in on the technical aspects of their daily work, exploring the high level needs of our products that sometimes get lost in the daily shuffle of client priorities. Roundtables were held on everything from what elasticity is and how we use it to all the forecast models we use in our tools and which one is the best for each context. Getting back to the science at the core of everything we do was incredibly helpful for the whole team.

In the everyday routine, we often forget to align each other about general topics and discuss the improvements we can make at a bit higher level. Evo Week was a useful time to step back and get a new perspective. Since we ‘paused’ client activities, we could focus on general and high level topics needed to improve our tools and the way we work.

-Elena Marocco, Head of Product

 

EvoWeek Spring 2022

Goals achieved during Evolution Week

Evo’s ultimate goal is always to create impact for our clients. To that end, our goal for EvoWeek was to develop skills that empower us to give better and faster results to our clients. The team seems to unanimously agree that this week achieved that goal.

We used this week to focus on ourselves and grow as people and as professionals. The new hard skills we developed will allow us to improve our products others, while soft skills help us better lead teams and communicate with colleagues. A week may not seem like a lot of time, but it makes all the difference for us as a company.

-Federica Vola, Evo People Manager

Now that we are back to our normal schedule, we will apply what we learned to further optimize the way we create and employ our products. Before we know it, our Autumn EvoWeek will be coming next, and we already can’t wait!

About the author

Kaitlin Goodrich is Evo’s main storyteller who helps communicate Evo’s message to the world.
Kaitlin received her BS in International Affairs and Modern Languages at Georgia Tech and then an LLM in International Trade Law from the University of Turin. She worked in Latin America doing education outreach for U.S. binational centers and has since worked as a content writer for international clients.
In her free time, she likes to travel or curl up with a good book.

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