A couple of years ago Nihon Access invited 2 staff members from Nihon Access India to conduct a joint training session with them accompanied by our System Integration team based at our head office in Osaka. Through this joint training, our company not only hoped to give both engineers a chance to experience the Japanese work environment, but it also hoped to learn from both engineers the type of workflow Indian developers are usually acquainted with.
The plan was to achieve better synergy among the 2 nationalities so that when projects were to be handled by both “NAI” and “NAJ,” the developing teams of both offices would be able to better work together.
Both engineers started working with the Japanese team on integrating an e-commerce web app to be created by Nihon Access as an add-on to a bigger ERP system famous in Japan, called PCA. Learnings were conducted so that the Indian engineers could be familiar with the documentation styles, reporting, workflow, tools and debugging strategies most programing teams in Japan use.
From there, the Indian developers started working around the clock to complete the web app. Our localization team also worked hard—making sure the system was concluded with full bilingual functionality. Staff meetings were conducted with the help of interpreters while both engineers tried very hard to adapt to the way the Japanese conduct themselves in office settings.
Given the opportunity to stay in Japan for a little more than a month, both developers not only had the chance of learning about Nihon Access, they were also encouraged to learn about Japanese culture. They usually used their weekends to travel to places like Kyoto and Nara, to learn more about traditional Japan, and sometimes Kobe and Tokyo—to see some of the cosmopolitan side of Japan as well.
It goes without saying that the joint training session was a great success. Our Indian engineers were able to deliver good code to Nihon Access Japan and both teams found out the kind of obstacles they would face whenever working together—and how to overcome the same. Both employees went back to India after having completed this fulfilling experience and shared with their colleagues at Nihon Access India about the adventures they had in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Before they left, our Japan team treated both engineers to some Indian cuisine right at the heart of Osaka. We went to a very popular restaurant called Ashoka, located near the JR Osaka station. Our company president was then able to personally thank the two engineers for their efforts in Japan before driving them all the way to Kansai airport for their flight back to Gurgaon, India (the pictures above were taken after the dinner with our Indian employees).
Published by Hyuga Higuchi
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