Hello I’m Joel Godfrey
I’ve just joined the digital team at the Co-op as an Agile Business Analyst.
I used to work in our Food business in IT as a Business Analyst, working recently on our Membership and Transformation programmes. I spent my first week shadowing Liam Cross who’s working on the Local Causes service which is part of our new Membership. I’m now spending some time supporting the team working on Location Services.
The main attraction of joining the digital team for me was the chance to learn a different way of working with new people, skills and technologies.
I had the chance to work closely with a lot of people in digital throughout the work we did to develop the new Co-op Membership. The team’s attitude and rapid response to change and challenge really appealed to me.
It was quite a tough decision to leave Food and join something new. I worked with a lot of great people to deliver some important pieces of work in the Food organisation, it felt like a big thing to leave behind.
Three weeks in, I feel I’ve made the right choice. There are differences (lots more post-its, fewer smart shirts and cufflinks). But the team feels very Co-op. Everyone’s been welcoming and happy to give up their time to share knowledge and talk me through Agile ways of working. I’m learning a lot.
Hello I’m Anthony Wilson
I’ve also recently joined the team as an Agile Business Analyst.
Like Joel I used to work for the Co-op in the Food organisation. Working in Commercial and more recently in Supply Chain in the Stock Exit Management function where I had to find the most effective way to dispose of stock we can no longer sell.
I’ve no experience of being a Business Analyst (BA), but a lot of the skills I’ve developed are exactly what’s needed in my new role – interpreting user needs, knowing what’s important to aid prioritisation, having a passion for quality and a curious mind. I’m grateful for the chance to continue my development in this new role.
The first 2 weeks have already been a great learning experience and I’ve been given fantastic support by Charlotte King and the other BAs and in fact everyone I’ve worked with throughout digital.
I’m now supporting Co-op Electrical as they get ready for their peak trading season.
It’s great to be part of a growing and supportive team that’s working on building a strong community of practice.