Jeff Bezos would often wheel an empty chair into meetings at Amazon HQ and use it to remind the gathered executives that “the most important person in the room” was the customer.
At TDF, everything we do starts with the customer first, then works backwards from there. Rather than build a range of hammers only to assume that every customer requirement looks like a nail, we spend a lot of time upfront, understanding exactly what problem the customer is trying to solve, what insights they need to derive from their data and what success looks like – before we even start turning our attention to what the solution could or should be.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
Former US President Barack Obama
Every quarter at TDF, a different employee nominates a different cause. Something or someone local, where our small, targeted contribution can have a positive, practical impact on people’s lives.
“The greatest danger for all of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.”
We are passionate about our people and their careers. We have deliberately designed our Growth and Development Program to provide them with the time, tools and experience to continually develop their professional capabilities by focusing on the training, certifications, skills, experience and projects they need to grow professionally and personally.
“Technology is anything that wasn’t around when you were born.”
Alan Kay (Computer Scientist)
We believe in making ongoing contributions to the technical community that we draw so much insight and inspiration from. Whether this is by way of publishing code samples, hosting meetups, writing blog posts or delivering technical presentations – we believe that others should benefit from our work in the same way that we have benefited from theirs.
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
Native American Proverb
At TDF, we take climate change seriously and believe in doing our part to address the implications of climate change and reducing our own carbon footprint. We realise that alone we won’t make significant inroads but we are ever hopeful that, if enough people and businesses around the planet feel the same way as we do, we can all act locally and, in aggregate, do something tangible about it.