Is this situation familiar to you? You are stuck on a project working with an outdated tool, or have to update an outdated system from the ground up. Not only do you have to dig through legacy code, but also through rusty APIs and a lot of "dirty" code.
For five days a week you build up technical debt while looking forward to the weekend when you will finally have time for other things – just to start all over again on Monday morning.
Isn’t this the life as an IT consultant?
The "4+1" working time model
Here at itemis we have a special day that belongs only to us. This "+1" day can be designed to suit our interests, and is even stipulated contractually. The "+1" day is at the disposal of all our colleagues for further education and training. This can extend from participation in open-source projects such as YAKINDU Statechart Tools or Xtext, through trainings for example in the area of design thinking, to participation in conferences such as EclipseCon. Or we can simply read a good book, learn a foreign language or use our sporting activities.