X-Groups is an authentically Schuberg Philis phenomenon. It links together colleagues who have common interests or activities, from cooking, running and yoga to retro keyboards, electric cars, and golf. There are dozens of X-Groups. Schuberg Philis actively contributes and offers space for the groups because, in a rapidly-growing organization with self-managing teams, it's important that colleagues can meet in diverse ways. One benefit is to inhibit the silo effect. What makes the teams a Schuberg Philis phenomenon is the fact that colleagues take the initiative themselves, bring people together, and organize activities. That's in the nature of the beast. Two examples are the groups for board game lovers and the Dungeons & Dragons group, who meet one evening every month. Digital experts, going analog!
At Schuberg Philis, our basic attitude is to be continuously looking for improvement and innovation. That entails taking a wrong turn now and again: that's part of the deal. You can't learn and look good at the same time. Talking about it sometimes turns out to be more difficult than we would wish, but not sharing, or even worse, brushing it under the carpet, is capital destruction. The bottom line is, if one person makes a mistake, their colleague should not have to make it. We know that teams that report errors and dare to share failures with each other are successful. To promote this mind-set, we initiated the custom, about seven years ago, of having an after-work party to celebrate mistakes in an easily accessible way. And we talk about 'celebrating failure' rather than 'lessons learned.' In the rapidly-developing technological world in which we operate, acknowledging our mistakes contributes to successful projects for our customers.
For the fourth consecutive year, Schuberg Philis supported Girls' Day – a national Dutch initiative designed to let young girls experience that they do really understand technology and can enjoy working with it. Because, despite everything, year after year, girls continue to relate to technology less well than we would hope. On April 12, 2018, our auditorium filled with 60 curious techonistas: cool girls between 10 and 15 years old, on a journey of discovery. They could attend various workshops, including programming your own Lego mind-storm, soldering, lock picking, security and privacy awareness, and much more. We enjoyed their energy and creativity and are looking forward to repeating this event in further.
The original QWERTY keyboard layout goes back to Remington typewriters in 1872. Since those early days, keyboards have evolved from purely functional to include branding, ergonomics & aesthetics. After a small dip into generic mass production of cheap rubber dome keyboards, a small group of people have formed to pay tribute to its "golden days of computing" heritage. Kustoms, with a "K" as a small nudge to its Korean roots, have emerged and global communities have formed around it. Although still a niche hobby, well organized groups still design, source parts, machine & create new keyboards through privately organized Group Buys. Be it the actual mechanical switches, the open source firmware or the keycap designs, keyboards provide a wide appeal and points of entry to this hobby. The best part is, in this industry we get to use our creations every day! This is another example of the wide range of interests within Schuberg Philis that brings colleagues together.