Maurice Kalinowski

The winds of change…

Published Tuesday April 1st, 2008
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It been almost two years now, that Trolltech decided to open a Berlin office in Adlershof.
When we started (I include myself as Karsten and I were the first freshly hired guys),
there was a lot of build-it-up spirit. You can find early Trolltech Labs entries by Espen showing you how it all started.

Since then the staffing grew and grew, Berlin started to grew up its culture, while still feeling connected to Oslo.
We have made it up to 17 people by now, which is an insane increase rate compared to most other companies in Europe or even worldwide.

But after latest happenings this has changed. I guess most of you heard already some rumors, that things weren’t working out very well for us.
Less and less space for us to grow. More and more pressure on us to get along with the situation. Endless discussions between developers, managers (you know these guys that seem to know best about developers), developers with managers and managers with developers.

In the end it has been decided by management (once again these strange people), that the office will have to close and that it is time for the Trolls to move on…

Move on to new offices, yay. Come on you have to admit, that I got you at least for a second. It’s April 1st, so I couldn’t resist.

So, Trolltech Berlin has new premises. As you now know, Adlershof has been too small for us, so we went to: Adlershof, wohoo. For a route from the old to the new offices, take a look here:

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A warm welcome to everyone of you by the Berlin Trolls (some missing so far)…


Let’s do a virtual roundtrip to show you everything.

When you get through the entrance, you will get to know our lovely receptionist. Be aware of heir female attributes, she knows how to play them. She can help you with any request, in case you don’t disturb her on her coffee break, private phone call, nail care…
(And yes, we build that reception on our own. After all, we engineers, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ )


Following you will see the corridor and what an entertaining one


The kitchen is still a little bit empty…


You can start imagining the theme topic here. Unfortunately our remaining decoration didn’t make it till today, so we’ll have to keep you updated on the ‘beach’ room.


Karsten tries to get some orientation in his huuuuge office (You can easily get lost here).


This again is on the left side. Here you can see the designer-developers office. Clearly structured, everything sorted (kinda opposite of the embedded room in the beginning, isn’t it?)


Our new meeting room. This is a perspective most Oslo guys won’t see during the conferences. If they do, our system is broken


Thorbjorn is what we in german call “Querdenker” (lateral thinker). This can be proven by the non conforming tabel

The boss’s room. Any similarities with our receptionist are casual and do not reflect the opinion of the author


Another room on the right side, though currently empty as you have seen Eike sitting in the previous and Thomas is in Oslo until tomorrow.


For those people that cannot work in a team we have no sympathy. Thus, if you break any of our Trolltech values, you have to sit at this place for a week.


And finally our well known training room. Oslo is scared of the German Kicker division. Only one player there is capable of not being embarrassed in a office-wide match and that is because he was lent to Germany for one year and a half.


I hope you liked the pictures and sorry for my amateur skills in photography.

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espenr says:

Make sure you get a giant Trolltech sign on the outside ๐Ÿ˜‰ Congrats guys!

Where will you eat your lunch now – moving to another cantina?

mkalinow says:

Well a big sign was promised, just like the new coffeemachine…

Today we’ve tried a local restaurant, but I think they have mixed new and old cantina so far?

Marco says:

Was ist es denn geworden: Europa-Center oder Etage รผber Kaufland? Die Karte ist unprรคzise.
Ansonsten: Ideen brauchen Raum, also viel Erfolg in neuen Rรคumen. Ich hoffe euer neuer Fahrstuhl, so ihr einen braucht, ist etwas flotter als unser hier.

matthias says:

entertaining, lol
ps: corridor shot somehow reminds me of the matrix ๐Ÿ™‚

Thomas says:

Very nice, a lot of room to expand – now I just have to re-sent my application ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyways, it was nice to see that there is at least one person in your team who likes good music (ya know, the guy with the long beard and the Tool shirt ;))

Ilja Preuss says:

Nice rooms – especially like the training room. ๐Ÿ™‚

I would die with so few plants around me, though. And I wouldn’t be able to keep the walls so clean from flip charts, index cards etc. for more than a few minutes. ๐Ÿ˜€ See “11.” at for a few pictures of our old team room (this reminds me that I need to shoot photos of our new one).

When is there going to be such an office in Belgium? I know a very nice location for it, somewhere here in Leuven (near Brussels) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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