Over the last few weeks we’ve been getting into sync as a team and I could not be happier!
Our first project was shipped over 2 months ago now and we’re nearly ready to ship our next big project. In future posts I’m hoping to cover the more technical aspects of some of our projects but today we’re going to be discussing something much more important - the human aspect.
Right now our little family consists of:
- 2 backend developers: Natxo & Tomoki
- 1 frontend developer: Liliana
- 1 agile coach: Fernando
- 1 P.O: Me (Rodney)
I think it’s fair to say we’ve all really enjoyed the last few months. We’ve almost shipped two projects now and have learnt a ton from each other and to top it all off it’s been FUN!!
Given how valuable we perceive this to be Fernando suggested that we should do an exercise to determine what is at the core of this success and how can we ensure that we maintain or strengthen it.
We were each given a list of between 40-50 values and had to choose the 10 that were most important to us individually. We each then posted the results on the whiteboard in order to try and identify any common themes.
As it turns out there was a big overlap (maybe that’s no surprise??)
In no particular order we identified the following values as important to us:
- Team Work
We also identified some “anti-values” that we should look out for within the existing team or new potential candidates that would have a negative impact.
Although a new team member does not have to have all 5 of these core values in order to join kodify, we should be extremely careful when considering any applicants with any of the “anti-values” we identified.
Does this mean we only accept those that fit match the 5 attributes perfectly? No. Confucius has good advice here…
“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.” CONFUCIUS.
Two interesting slidedecks I went through this week as part of the research on this subject:
The HubSpot Culture Code: Creating a company we love
Netflix Culture: Freedom and Responsibility: