First day nerves and growing in confidence
Like a lot of people, Will was worried about proving himself to new colleagues who didn’t know him, or his skills and experience.
“I think naturally when you start any job, you’re a bit nervous that you’ll come across as a bit of a fraud, or you might not be able to do the job properly.
“For me there was a little bit of that, but also walking into a massive department of hundreds of delivery folk, I was a bit concerned that I’d just be lost in it all.
“But actually my fears have subsided, the community aspect is fantastic and already I’m an involved and integral part of that community.”
While agile methodology had been a relatively new thing in his previous role, Will found that the teams he was working with already had an established knowledge and practice of agile.
“It wasn’t so much a case of me trying to lead the team with something they weren’t very familiar with,” he says. “I found I was with professionals, and I was concerned that I would start to look like I didn’t really know what I was talking about. So I was a bit concerned to start with, and did a lot of reading up to make sure I kept myself up to speed.
“My base knowledge of agile and scrum and Kanban was pretty good. But I arrived with a fairly basic qualification in agile delivery management – scrum master level one course – and I was a bit concerned that I was around lots of experienced delivery managers.
“I took the opportunity to upskill, and went on the professional scrum master level two course. It really helped my confidence, and meant I could lead the teams with more knowledge, and the confidence to do what I was there to do.
“A lot of my role is about facilitating groups, and coaching groups, so the community itself is a really good testing ground. We test each other on facilitating groups of facilitators, and give each other immediate feedback, so you can really grow from that experience.”