Rainier Fuclan / Innovation Videos / May 29th, 2014

How to Be a Good Agile Teammate – 352 Noodles & Doodles

Taking some cues from our development teams, our digital marketing department has transitioned to agile marketing methodologies. But as we’ve talked about before, doing agile isn’t the same as being Agile. To get the most out of Agile methodologies, we have to be dedicated to supporting each other, which means being a team player. Though it’s not always easy to pre-note before every standup and carefully track time to each project, it does make for a more cohesive, and more productive, team. If you’re new to Agile, or just want to be a better teammate, check out some of my tips for being a good Agile teammate below, and be sure to add your own suggestions in the comments!

Transcript below.

[Rainier Fuclan:] Hi. My name is Rainier Fuclan. I’m a marketing strategist at 352 Inc, and today I’ll be talking about how to be a good Agile teammate.
When I first come into work I usually pre-note what I’m going to do for the day with my team. I go about what I’ve done in the past sprints and in the past workday, as well as what I’m going to accomplish for the current workday with my team. We do this during our daily stand up, which is a 30-minute meeting where we talk about what we’re going to do, how we’re going to accomplish it and what we can do to help each other out accomplishing these tasks.
After that, we break, and we go work on the projects and tasks that we set out to accomplish for the day. What I do when I work on my projects is I usually time box what I’m going to do, one by one or what I’m going to be working for the day. This usually helps me focus on one thing at a time so I don’t lose momentum during those tasks.
I use something that 352 Inc has created called the Marinara Timer, which helps me timebox hours instead of little 30-minute segments of time that the original Pomodoro Technique as done in the past. After I’m done, timeboxing myself, I usually take a five minute break to clear my mind so that I can refocus on the task when I start again.
After that, I test and iterate what I have done with my projects and tasks with the team. This helps me fix what I’m going to do as well as see what went well and what we can do to improve those items and projects.
After that, I always have collaboration with the team to see what we can do better after we test and iterate. This helps us improve those items for the client and give them better value. Because having a bigger set of minds brought together is better than just one person working alone. Finally, we like to celebrate our wins and victories. Usually we go out and have a Happy Hour to celebrate what went well during our sprint and we reflect on why we did this, what we can do better and how we can improve upon ourselves during the next sprint.
So these are the five steps that I’ve dedicated to being a good agile teammate. Thanks for watching. Please subscribe to our channel “352 Inc” and thanks.