Focus on the Daily Challenges of the Frontend Development Team Leader

Tomas Plechac
Tomas Plechac
Published: 10.06.2021

Hello and welcome folks, I greet you as the leader of the Front-end UI Coding team at Lundegaard. We specialize in the best user experience through a perfectly prepared user interface across all devices and platforms. The main motivation of our team is to interpret precisely static graphic designs and prototypes into a perfect product in your browsers and applications in your notebooks, tablets, mobile phones, or even televisions or refrigerators. Within the team, we are constantly trying to move and adopt new principles of project access, CSS modules, frameworks, libraries and platforms.

All this has something in common - HTML + CSS and JS - amazing things.

Enjoy some time off at the office

Why did you join Lundegaard, and what has kept you here?

Before joining Lundegaard, I had gained experience mainly as a freelancer during my studies and had worked in small and garage studios focusing on web design and web applications.

Whenever I heard about Lundegaard as high-tech competition in terms of technology and business, it resonated with me. Gradually, I gained experience and dreamed of working in a company similar to Lundegaard.

One day, by the coincidence of favorable circumstances, contacts, curiosity and maybe my readiness, I was able to start working with leaders (my future colleagues) in my field of specialization in the Lundegaard company. That was almost 10 years ago.

From the very beginning, cooperation has been a very exciting journey and a constant development of knowledge, skills and personality. It’s not always easy of course but Lundegaard creates an environment that encourages you to be open-minded and that is great.

What are your primary responsibilities and what does your day-to-day look like?

Every day starts in the morning. A cup(s) of coffee and breakfast in the company kitchen is an essential part of the morning. In Lundegaard we focus on relationships besides our work. Relationships with clients, relationships with colleagues.

After the morning initiation, we start with a run-down of daily personal statuses with our teammates on a project. This is followed by deep and ideally undisturbed work - frontend development.

In our work, we respect several rules that we follow and that allow us to be as effective as possible: procedurally, technically and also creatively. The main effort of my work is focused on very high-end reliable front-end development consisting of three basic fundamentals - HTML and CSS and JS technologies.

The accuracy and quality of the user interface comes first. We can never get complacent and we have to explore more and more. We need to stay on top of modern trends and think of things like Proof of Concept. We invest a lot of time in our own development and potential.

Leading my team that is spread out through many districts is also very important in order to use every aspect of remote work as effectively as possible. Having this experience I believe we are ready for the future.

What do you find to be the most exciting aspect of Lundegaard?

Our motto is “#zit-lunde” (#live-lunde), I am proud that we really live and fulfill the company values that we have defined together and they are not just empty words. They are maintaining a human approach, responsibility, enthusiasm and professionalism and they are what I value the most.

Every single opinion from business or technology or process is welcome and debated. In case someone comes up with a new idea we always discuss it and search for the best way to implement it. We always try to find a balance between benefits and fun in our work. For more challenging questions we organize open-table Delivery camps.

What are 3 words to describe Lundegaard?

People. Innovation. Technological open-mindedness. Together these are five words but it does not matter.

Lundegaard Delivery camp

How do you spend your time outside of the office?

My daily routine is divided into three basic blocks. Work, family and me. I try to separate work and the others, although it is not always easy.

I spend most of my time with my family - my spouse and daughter and also the environment in which we live. I devote a lot of time to these two areas because what is around us, where we live, who we live with, what we eat and how we feel de facto shape us.

Last but not least about me - I like football, lego and golf. I watch sports on the TV or internet streams, read different types of books and experiment with preparing various meals and drinks.

To close with an example, I recently watched the Champions League, prepared roasted asparagus, mixed a martini with a tonic and orange, and in the evening I relaxed with an autobiography by a well-known Czech photographer.

How do you balance your career at Lundegaard and friends & family?

I think something like “work-life balance” is a badly built wording, because it implies that life is not work and work is not life, and I do not agree with that. I think these are inseparable. But work-time and free-time in Lundegaard can be balanced very well.

It is very important to be aware of your own responsibility and accountability to the team. Working at Lundegaard has the benefit of freedom and the flexibility in work. Sometimes it is necessary to make a higher effort but in general it enables better time management for all of us.

Before working at Lundegaard, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

Wait, I must remember a time when I wasn't doing my current craft - job. It has been a very long time. I remember me and my friend renting ATVs - quad bikes for children and adults at various public events. Seeing children’s joy is a great satisfaction.

The second interesting job, which was unusual, was installing security systems on new house constructions. The diversity and the mystery of the large unfinished houses were fascinating to me. Creativity and imagination were endless.

Are you an iPhone or android type of person?

From the first introduction of the iPhone I knew it was a platform for me. The first model available in the Czech Republic was the second generation 3G. Mobile phones with these parameters were sci-fi at the time and are almost obsolete with today's world but they represented the future.Since then I’m loyal to the Apple ecosystem that I am constantly updating and improving for digital comfort. However, I closely monitor the competition in the Android field and the level of android flagships is very similar in a technical comparison.Now it is about philosophy, life design and safety instead of technical maturity and in this field, Apple is number one for me.

Do you have an office nickname? What is it?

Yes, I do. They call me "Plechy". A loose translation into English would be “Tinman”...? :-) It's a sonorous short nickname derived from my surname. It replaces my name Tomas which is in the top 10 used names in the Czech Republic.

What's your motto or personal mantra?

Since my student years, I have been guided by the philosophical motto: "The art of living lies in the decision to be able to really let go of a few things first." This basically means being able to decide what is important for you and what is not.

Illustration of my personal mantra

Find out more about the great front ends we create at Lundegaard

Good work and a team with a sense of humor are our fundamentals. I would love to introduce you to my teammates in case you are interested.

Drop a line in a contact form at the Lundegaard website or let me know directly. I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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