Thursday, 24 April 2008

o.hai and ...

I am not one for big speeches...but thought writing to this blog might be a good way to say what I've wanted to say for while.

I have never really taken the opportunity to thank the team for all your hard work and efforts you have put into this project.
When I think back to how we started this project and where we are now I cannot believe that we have delivered such a quality product that looks "absolutely fabulous" (despite it being borderline pornographic). I am so proud of what you have achieved.
We have never worked this way and have never imagined that things could be this great. This is the most enjoyable project that I have ever been a part of and that is simply down to the people in this team.

For those of you who are experienced in agile projects I would like to especially thank you for your patience and support. You have helped grow our capability and enabled us to think about how things can be achieved with customer focus, simplicity and quality in mind. The challenges we face are not easy but with coaching at all levels, with the small steps we make everyday, we are a step closer to where we want to be.
Your discipline and your belief in what you do shines through and gives us the direction we need to make this a reality for us.

For the "permies" I know that things have been hard with such a new way of working, whilst tackling such a steep learning curve in your own domains. But despite all of this you have remained dedicated, open to all the changes and taken everything on board. You have shown such positivity in this approach and stepped up to the challenge. It takes courage to make so many changes. I really look forward to you all taking this to another level, being able to show how much you have learnt and supporting those with little experience in what we do.
You know yourselves how much you have achieved over the last 6 months.

There has been a lot of hard work by everyone in getting here, but we are all here together and best of all - we are moving forward together and continuing to make things better.

Thank you all for making this such a great environment to work in, despite my outbursts, I love all the laughs we have about LOL cats(even though they are still not funny), the flying bullets and that really annoying helicopter. You are a fantastic team..........

Thank you.



Dora said...

Thank you Suki. Likewise.

I also would like to thank all the goodness of the team:

- for Jerome for all the kindness he shows and that he burps no more than 2 a day in a pairing slot
- for Kris stealing my chocolate
- for Gus scaring the ... out of me when deploying to live
- and there's a lot more that I cannot recall now..

Who could dream of a better team than that?


Darren said...

As an "outsider" it's been great fun. I don't think I've ever had so much fun in a work environment. Thanks to all for making me feel part of the team.


Dora said...

Come on Darren, you are not an outsider! Looking forward to work with you again,