Mohamed Boussaa, our Junior Solutions Architect

16 Dec 2020 5 min read
in 5 things
  • Favorite artist: Metallica
  • Best book ever read: Le Fils Du Pauvre - Mouloud Feraoun
  • Dream destination: Singapore
  • Quote you live by: I don't have one
  • At the office or remote? Mostly remote, the office for colleagues & babyfoot

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm 36, I live in Ile de France near Paris, and I'm an architect in the XWiki client team. I joined XWiki 6 years ago.

The journey to XWiki

What were you doing before XWiki? Did you change careers when joining our team?

Before joining XWiki, I worked as a WEB developer for Algerian companies and french companies based in Algeria, I also did some missions as a freelance developer.
I had a little experience of 6 months, in the field of telecommunications in the Chinese company Huawei.
I joined the XWiki research team in 2014 and I worked almost 2 years from Algeria before joining the XWiki team in Paris.

What is it like to be working in the Client team at XWiki?

Before joining the XWiki client team I had the opportunity to work in the XWiki research and cloud teams. I learned a lot of things from all the teams.
What I like most about the client team is its great professionalism and efficiency. Although the team is small, it often manages complex projects for large clients. The client team is constantly improving its work methods, processes, communication, etc.
I've learned a lot since I joined the client team, I improved my technical knowledge, and learned a lot about project management, time management, interaction with other XWiki teams such as support team and with clients, and many more. All this knowledge allowed me to evolve from developer to architect.


Open Source impressions

Was Open Source something you had an interest in before XWiki?

Before joining XWiki I didn't know much about Open Source but since then it interests me more and more.

What's the Open Source value you identify with the most?

I really like the collaborative work on Open Source projects. Each one brings a stone to the building. Most of all, it delights me to know that my code is accessible and useful for everyone for free.

Being an XWikier

What has kept you at XWiki so far?

XWiki is a good company to work for, everything is done for the good being of the employees. From transparency about the decisions taken internally to no pressure, good human relations and so much more.  

If you ever wished for a job change, what made you decide to stay?

See above emoticon_grin

What were the drastic ways in which XWiki changed during the years you've been around?

Over the years, XWiki has continuously improved the quality of its products and services.

Lessons learned

What would you say is the most valuable lesson you learned during your time at XWiki?

I learned that there is always a way to improve myself and my work.

If you could describe XWiki's culture in one word, what would it be?

A very Good Team Spirit!

Favorite memory of the years as XWiki?

I have a lot of good memories, especially at the seminars, and playing babyfoot at the office emoticon_smile

You may also be interested in: