The Team

“Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” — Amy Poehler

Someone inboxed me and asked why I don’t reply to my WhatsApp messages anymore, did we break up?(lol) Its because I have Slack, the most professional chat platform I have used so far. This is how it works:
-Channels can be divvied up by team, project, client, or whatever else is relevant to your organization.
-Team members can join and leave channels as needed — unlike lengthy email chains.
-Threads keep side conversations from derailing the topic or project at hand.

Teamwork is important in every field.A good team enables you to be productive both as a group and as an individual. Nowadays teams are different from the teams of the past. They’re digitally advanced. But while we face new challenges, the success still depends on core values that make a good team.
We settled for the name Alpha, it acts as a constant reminder that we are the winning team and the objective is to grow and learn from our mistakes. The team has seven members and one LFA. Being the typical Jay I have already come up with nicknames for the outstanding members.

There’s Beta (like alpha-beta) I had mistaken her for a Nyeri woman because they have it all figured out. She is organized and willing to help. The first day after having issues with my Github pages she gave me direction on how to go about the blocker. Github pages are something as simple as a GitHub service for serving up static HTML from a GitHub repository. She’s not the person to take your laptop and do it for you and she doesn’t like it when I write what she says. The best way to learn is by doing it out of memory and making mistakes.

Then there’s the Worrier, he is really good at what he does but he often doubts himself. There’s this time he could not deploy his project to Heroku from his terminal,( Heroku claims to be “cloud computing designed and built for developers) his face literally turned red and he looked helpless. I had encountered a similar challenge so we used the method that does not involve the terminal but by integrating one’s GitHub account with your Heroku account. Within a few minutes, his project was okay.

Finally, there’s the Saint, you know people you look up to. This guy has his house in order. He does things his own way, he is not subjected to anyone’s opinion and he will always inquire when he does not get instructions right. He constantly checks on his teammates, mostly Saint says, “Jay are you okay?”.You will be amazed at how checking on people can take them a long way.

Our LFA is straightforward and helpful. He accommodates those who are slow and sees the efforts they make. He has a way of correcting people by starting with what one has done well then moving to what should be corrected. I had this perspective that people at a higher level of software development would be intimidating to a beginner like me. But each and every day interacting with him makes me realize that its a journey and all you need is the will to grow.

Google’s intense data collection led to the same conclusions that good managers have always known: In the best teams, members show sensitivity, and most importantly, listen to one another. By working with team Alpha I hope to catch the right attitudes and ideas.