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Radenia: Being successful with your R&D in Ukraine - Cultural dimension (Brief)

This is extract from slides first presented in London in June 2019 at "Tech growth through Ukraine" event in scope of London Tech Week 2019. Presented by Alexander Radchenko, CEO Radenia AG (Switzerland).

Presentation outlines key cultural features of IT labour market in Ukraine and opportunities/challenges companies from Western world would face opening their IT R&D center in Ukraine.

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Radenia: Being successful with your R&D in Ukraine - Cultural dimension (Brief)

  1. 1. Being successful with your R&D in Ukraine: Cultural dimension Alexander Radchenko CEO, Radenia AG © Radenia AG, 2016-2019. All rights reserved. Authorized use only No part of this document may be reproduced, stored, transmitted, or disseminated in any form or by any means without prior written permission from Radenia AG, Switzerland
  2. 2. 1 | Cultural dimension Bond: “Seasoned software architect at 28? Seriously?” Q: "Age is no guarantee of efficiency."
  3. 3. Surprise #1 2 | Cultural dimension Age of experts Relatively young industry Quick (and often continuous) learners Multiple projects in portfolio at young age Titles inflation Expectation of endless and fast growth Early career start Motivated by fast-growing compensation
  4. 4. Surprise #1 continues 3 | Cultural dimension 28Median age: 33No position with average age higher than: Average age for typical IT positions Distribution of Ukraine IT industry experts by age Source of charts hereinafter:, December 2018
  5. 5. Surprise #2 4 | Cultural dimension Gender balance 81% Male 19% Female Continuous improvement: nearly tripled within 7 years, still far from optimal
  6. 6. 5 | Cultural dimension Which of characters of iconic series would represent a ”typical” Ukrainian IT guy?
  7. 7. 6 | Cultural dimension Vyacheslav
  8. 8. Surprise #3 7 | Cultural dimension First impression Distant, no emotions, restrained, introvert Sometimes formal in communications
  9. 9. Feature #1 8 | Cultural dimension Creativity Extra value for money Involvement Risk of overengineering Sometimes only technical rather than business focus Potential advantages and efficiency gains
  10. 10. Feature #1 in depth 9 | Cultural dimension Critical thinking “No” is a favorite answer “No” is a favorite answer Voice their opinion Propose alternative
  11. 11. Feature #2 10 | Cultural dimension Hard workers “Keep calm and carry on” approach Mostly flexible with working hours and overtimes No work-life balance sometimes May burn out fast if not guided properly High sense of ownership and commitment
  12. 12. Feature #3 11 | Cultural dimension Troubleshooters Troublemakers Good at project remediation Crisis management High adaptability
  13. 13. 12 | Cultural dimension Ukrainian IT scene is full of fantastic people 1) Find a right partner 2) Constantly integrate your teams 3) Enable creativity and commitment
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