Last week I attended the second Digital Masterclass. It’s a half-day session aimed at giving us all one consistent way of understanding digital ways of working – what we do, how we work and better practice.
I’ve been at the Co-op for 11 months, 9 months leading the transition to our new look in our Food business and the last 2 working in the Digital team.
The move to our new look was date led and governed by more traditional project management methodology. After the launch I was asked to work within in Digital team, an opportunity I was really excited about, but a little nervous too. I imagined a world inhabited by people far cooler than me where plans or milestones didn’t exist. This is probably a common misconception and the reality is very different.
I had lots of questions. I had no idea what the difference was between a delivery and product manager, or how to work in an Agile way. In my first week Wikipedia became my new best friend. What I really needed was some kind of training on how to deliver successfully in an Agile way.
The masterclass isn’t just for people who are new to digital, it’s for everyone. It’s great to have a mix of new and more experienced colleagues so everyone can get the most out of the session. There’s nothing more valuable than hearing people’s real life experiences of projects they’ve worked on (the good and the bad). During the class you get the opportunity to reflect on your own experience as well as listen to those of the experts across our communities of practice.
The day was also really good for meeting colleagues from the digital team who I recognised but had never spoken to before. I now know a few more people to call upon when I need help outside of my area.
So what did I learn? The biggest takeaways for me being the different methodologies in Agile, how we practically apply them and how we’re using Agile to deliver some great things in the Co-op. I also learned that a game involving Lego brings out the competitive side in everyone and 2 minutes is not enough to build a Lego house (bit of advice if you’re going on the course – start small).
So my verdict, regardless of if you are new to digital or Agile, you’ll find these sessions useful. Even if you’re in a role where you think you don’t directly need to use these skills, understanding how the people around you work will be useful and will make us stronger.