Jun 30, 2023

Colleague Chronicles: Lajos Marton, Team Lead

Colleague Chronicles: Lajos Marton, Team Lead

First of all, could you tell me about your work at P92? Since when do you work here, what projects are you working on and what is your role?

I've been with the company since March 2021, so it's been over 2 years now. I work on multiple projects with my team, all of which are greenfield projects, meaning we develop from scratch and perform improvement tasks. External companies approach us with programming tasks, and we handle their requests. These include gift card, club card, and webshop-like projects, but more complex than a regular webshop. We also have an internal project where we developed software to support the company's internal accounting. So, we work on various projects simultaneously. Beside being the team lead in these projects, I'm also the head of the Szeged branch.

What does a typical day look like for you as a project lead? What tasks do you usually complete in a day that set you apart from a programmer?

Compared to a programmer, the main difference is that I hardly code anymore. Occasionally, because I really enjoy programming, I actively participate in development tasks. However, most of my time is spent on project management. This involves preparing tasks and then delegating them to colleagues, as well as tracking their progress and planning time and resources for these tasks. Also sometimes I maintain contact with clients. There are meetings where the clients themselves are present, so I participate in many discussions.

What do you think are the skills that make a project lead or, in your case, a team lead, suitable for this role?

I believe there are two sides to team leadership. One is having a solid understanding of programming because you need to guide your colleagues. We have not only senior programmers but also interns, juniors, and mediors who need guidance. So, it is crucial to be proficient in programming. The other important aspect, in my opinion, is dealing with people, understanding their emotional state. Knowing what they like, who has issues, who feels happy or dissatisfied. So, despite being a programmer, I had to learn this part as well because managing people is a different profession, and one needs to be good at both aspects simultaneously.

What stands out for you in your career at P92 that you are proud of or that fills you with a sense of accomplishment?

My team was the first .NET team at P92, and it seems that we were relatively successful because now there is a second team of .NET developers in Budapest. I assembled that entire team, and I also hired a significant portion of the Szeged colleagues, so the number of employees in Szeged is steadily growing. When I joined, I was probably the fifth colleague here in Szeged, and now we are more than 15, so it has more than tripled over time. These are the things I am primarily proud of.

What do you like most about the company, and why would you recommend it to others?

P92 is a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) with around 120 employees, which I think creates a cozy atmosphere. There's a strong sense of a close-knit community within the company, which I find very appealing. However, at this size, the projects are more interesting. We tackle significant business projects with many challenges. I think this company allows for a good balance between challenging programming work and a friendly, familiar atmosphere.