“Just missed the net!”
These aren’t the standard phrases that you would expect to hear at a development company.
But at VinSol (the company I work at), you would hear them many times a day!
Ever since we got a new Table Tennis table, 60 minutes of game play has become a part of our daily routine.
To the average manager / employer, it might seem as a waste of time.
For those who are truly looking to get the best out of their team, this is just what the doctor ordered.
I have seen productivity rise both before and after the game play.
While teams work diligently during the day knowing that their day is shorter by an hour; after the game, they carry the high energy levels to their desk and work with the same zeal they show when trying to win a point during the game.
Not to mention the camaraderie it generates while playing together.
Also, I found an interesting pattern with the teams who are playing regularly.
The sportsman spirit they show during game play is also reflected in their work.
We use Agile frameworks like Scrum and XP to deliver the great work we do.
These frameworks have mature individuals as their cornerstone.
I have seen sportsman spirit transforming into maturity while working with these individuals.
Besides, daily game play also takes care of one’s fitness aspects thereby relieving one of his computer and chair and allowing one to relax his mind and exercise the body at the same time.
I believe that writing good code is an art, not something that can be inculcated by merely reading books and online tutorials.
If we expect such creative skills from individuals/teams, then even we need to think out of the box on how to inculcate such skills in them.
At VinSol, the new TT table was the one of such solutions.
Game on pal!