Samir Bellouti

Software Development Manager & Architect

Zii Travel Technologies Inc., Canada

Samir is leading a development team within a Canadian start up in the travel business, at a project and operational level. He had to build the team, approaching the selection, hiring and integration processes of new members in a different manner. As a certified Scrum Master and Agilist at heart, he implements and improves processes and techniques based on Scrum, Kanban, DevOps, Lean Start Up,…

Back in time, Samir headed to France with a Software Engineering Degree and an entrepreneurial mindset where he founded two companies. One of them was groundbreaking at that time by providing online hotel booking solutions.

Then he moved to Canada and founded SABBEL Conseils, a consultancy company specialized in Web Solutions development and design. He helped design and develop SaaS solutions for many clients in the Great Montreal Area among which Transat, SITA, C2 Entreprise, CN and many others.

He deepened his soft skills in accordance with Agile, Lean StartUp and Martial Arts  principles. He had his very significant experience combining his technical background with his soft skills in leading people in a fast changing technology world.

Beside all that, Samir writes articles about his passion, still programming and whenever he has time, undust his guitars to spend time composing and jamming with friends.


What makes a development team great and lasting?

Many studies and experiments have been conducted within companies in order to find the recipe for a great and sustainable development team, starting from recruiting to establishing a solid, confident, productive and innovative team.

Let’s see what are the selection criteria, the importance of values, the balance between technical skills and soft skills, the role of leadership and other ingredients that in my opinion, and throughout 20 years, I have observed.

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