LegalMatch PH’s Agile Essentials Workshop

March 28, 2018, LegalMatch hosted Agile Essentials Workshop, the first in a series of monthly training-workshops planned for this year. These trainings will cover various software development topics.

Twenty selected IT/Computer Science and Computer Engineering students from the University of San Carlos, University of San Jose-Recoletos, Asian College of Technology, and University of Cebu participated in the discussions facilitated by LegalMatch’s very own Project Managers/Scrum Masters, Software Architects, QA Leads, and Developers. These speakers are seniors in their respective fields, with more than 10 years of solid experience in Agile Software Development. What could be more insightful than an insider’s view of a successful agile at work?!

 

Ryan Eballar, LegalMatch’s Front-End Architect, giving a talk on the Agile workflow.

 

Agile Essentials, an introductory workshop on agile software development, presented a high-level overview of the key principles of agile. A lot of essential Agile principles were presented in the whole day workshop. Part of the introduction conducted by Em Galleon, one of LegalMatch’s Project Managers, were Software Development for business and the Agile vs. Waterfall comparison. These topics are crucial in introducing Agile to these young minds who may soon be practicing Agile principles in their respective careers.

The key topics discussed by LegalMatch’s Developers and Project Managers were the Agile workflow from product feature to ready-to-release code, Scrum team structure and responsibilities, and the Agile key concepts – user stories and story points. The students were then asked to create a sample project after the theories.

One of the highlights is the discussion on project management that involves concepts of Release Planning, Sprint Planning, Daily Planning, Sprint Tracking, and Retrospective. If there is project management involved, there should also be the roles of Developers and QA with their corresponding tools and technologies used.

 

Students from LegalMatch’s partner universities – USC, UC, ACT, USJR

 

The students were then asked to present their projects to gauge what they have learned and their understanding in implementing agile. These students indeed proved that they are already a step closer to a career that’s geared for the future.

To close the training workshop is a talk on Career Hacking from LegalMatch’s very own General Manager, Christine Rom who aims for LegalMatch Philippines to continue to partner with Cebu’s top IT Universities. This will bring about the company’s responsibility as part of Cebu’s IT community – equip students with the needed knowledge and skills, nurture them, and give them a head start in building their own successful tech careers in the near future.

With today’s highly competitive IT workforce, embracing an agile mindset while in school and understanding the agile methodology early on will go a long way towards getting IT/Comp Sci/ Comp Eng students prepared for a fast-tracking career in IT whether locally or abroad.

 

The students with their certificates after the training.

 

LegalMatch Philippines is planning to offer trainings to other IT schools from within the Visayas and Mindanao as well.

 

Watch out for LegalMatch Philippines’ upcoming events by following our Facebook page
or email us at happyteam@legalmatch.com for inquiries on our next agile workshops.

LegalMatch Work Environment: A closer look into our Open Workspace

The usual design in most offices is that each employees are isolated in their own private space or cubicles.  In LegalMatch, we tear down barriers and walls. We have one huge open space that is our common workspace.  Long tables are strategically placed so that one team can sit on both sides while working. One table represents one team. All the chairs are the same for everyone regardless of position.

 

 

On the walls are whiteboards where each team can freely post their discussions, work project status and progress, reminders, and anything relevant to the project development.

 

We have two enclosed conference rooms we call the Blue Room and the Yellow Room. Both are sound proof so the teams can hold their respective meetings in private and without disrupting others. Previously, while LegalMatch was still renting seats at The Tide, the work tables function as conference room tables too. In our own office, we feel the need of these conference rooms for planning, retrospective, and other team meetings.


Blue Room

Yellow Room

An open workspace is not the conventional design. I know not all are into this kind of setup. It can be both a blessing and a curse. But for LegalMatch, it works best for us in so many ways:

  1. It supports agile. It promotes better communication. This also encourages easy collaboration among colleagues and as a result, it enhances the flow of information, speeds up work completion, and creativity and productivity are given a boost.
  2. Employees have the sense of belongingness. We feel we are part of a bigger team task rather than just our own individual tasks/duties.
  3. Taking into consideration design and practicality, our office looks industrial and modern. It is very lean as we tried to do away with anything exorbitant and unreasonably inessential.
  4. We employees develop a stronger bond as we feel we can easily approach each other anytime. We interact with each other on a regular basis and interactions are more frequent and informal. The constant intermingling generates a sense of camaraderie.

 

Front Perks 1

 

I know you are thinking that a setup like this may tend to get noisy that may affect employees’ focus. Another issue could be the lack of privacy which may be intrusive and stressful. In LegaLMatch, the number of employees is manageable enough not to spring workplace chaos. Aside from the size, the maturity level of the group matters the most. The LegalMatch workforce is composed of mature and very disciplined individuals who are very much empowered, dedicated, and driven. Each knows the balance between knowing his/her own boundaries and upholding easy collaboration for faster information flow.