The week of May 21st got off to an early start at 7:30 am when I was formerly introduced to beLithe in the form of a wonderful breakfast of traditional favorites, eggs, sausage, and pancakes with Chris. No big deal, but what was different was that I was given a rundown of my summer duties, introduced to a trello board, and even given the beginnings of Agile training. I spent the majority of my first day trying to get my new toy for the summer (windows surface) working and ready to attack items from my trello board.
I also got my first look at the office where all the work of beLithe is done. The beLithe headquarters is situated in Startup Alley in the Union 525 Building, which will be my new workspace for the summer. Aside from the building being frigidly cold when the air is turned on (which oscillates every 5 minutes), the building has a co-working space that works great when you want to get away from being alone. Most appealing to me is the 3-story slide starting from the top of the building and empties out into courtyard in the center of the building. I haven’t found the entrance to the slide or else I would probably never return to work again, but I’m determined to use it before the summer is over with.
Thursday and Friday were my first introduction to what Scrum training is all about. A 50-minute drive from the far eastside to the 96th and Meridian in the middle of the morning traffic led me to Experian for our first Scrum training session. One of the core values of Scrum is commitment, and a committed worker is a productive worker. Watching Chris deliver the training proved just that, and it made me believe in the Scrum system.
Being new to the whole world of Agile and Scrum, I used this training session to soak up as much information as I could. The team in the class was unique in that we had to teach people remotely as well as in person. Adaptation was the theme of the day as changes had to be made consistently through the day. We generated activities online and had to coordinate them with the students who were in the classroom all while meeting timing deadlines and making sure all the course material was addressed. The second day of training we went to Launch Fishers and delivered training to Eleven Fifty academy. The interesting thing about these training sessions is that even with new groups of participants they all behave in a similar way. From the questions, to their responses in the activities it seems to go the same way every time. I can say that I have been made into a believer after seeing the transformation in a project team after even one day of Scrum training.