Who are you?
We are the “B-Core Team” – the name is short for “Backend-Core” and indicates that our core competence and responsibility is in the further development of the TWINT backend, i.e. in everything that is needed in the app’s background in terms of data processing and interfaces for banks and businesses. Our team is made up of 13 members split over four locations, all of whom have roles that are needed for this work, such as developers, architects, analysts and testers.
What is the most exciting thing about your work?
As the main backend team, everything runs through us, which is why we maintain a good overview of the entire system and are involved in many new functions. The strong growth in the number of TWINT users is resulting in new complex scalability challenges that particularly impact the backend.
How would you describe your collaboration with TWINT?
Within the team:
We have grown closer together in the last one-and-a-half years since there have been the various delivery teams and also have the good fortune of comparatively low staff turnover. We know our strengths and weaknesses and support each other as best as we can. We are gradually implementing our agile transformation and are switching from a waterfall model to a more iterative and collaborative model.
With other teams:
As already mentioned, we are the main backend team with numerous interfaces to various teams, such as Operations, Product Management as well as other delivery teams. With the teams with which we are working together on current projects, we have several synchronisation meetings every week and are thus also able to ensure great coordination across various teams.
As part of the entire TWINT family:
We are an important part of TWINT and as such try our best to live up to the company’s huge ambitions, but also contribute our own ideas and opinions.
How is the working atmosphere at TWINT different to that of other companies?
TWINT is currently in the midst of a phase of strong growth and is in between being a startup and an established company. This provides some demanding challenges, but also a unique learning experience.
What motivates you to work with TWINT ?
Due to the level of awareness of TWINT among the Swiss population and the central role of the B-Core team, we have an influence on making payment more convenient for a large part of the Swiss population and thus on making their lives easier. Thousands of TWINT users see the results of our work every day. Due to the fact that TWINT is still a relatively small company, there are many different freedoms and innovations within TWINT that would exist in a long-established company.