In the lead up to LevelUp Build, the Sydney LevelUp team ran a Guest Blog competition.
Luke Mico is the winner! Read on for Lukes's blog post that effectively captures what the kick-off day is all about.
Hey, my name is Luke and I'm pretty fresh to the world of web development.
Experience-wise, I'm a code newbie having completed the General Assembly Immersive program. After a career in marketing communications, I'd been itching for a challenge when out of the blue, my eyes opened up to coding and the Wonderful World of Web development (see what I did there!).
After hearing about the LevelUp program, I was curious to know more, so I submitted my application. With the stars aligned, I was accepted to join LevelUp Build 11 - Sydney. BOOM!
With some trepidation, I arrived at ThoughtWorks Sydney offices for the official kick-off day session, unsure of what lay ahead, but excited about the potential. Any fears were cast aside, as I was introduced to a super-friendly, excited group of participants across web developers, UX designers, product managers and a welcoming team of ThoughtWorkers to boot.
With introductions made and a quick team building challenge involving tennis balls, it was straight down to business with a presentation on the LevelUp program, what to expect, as well as a glimpse into the projects we would be developing. Hearing about the team projects, technologies we will use including Node & Git, working using Agile methodology, continuous integration, and testing was incredibly exciting.
With our designated teams in place, we spent some time fleshing out user stories and getting to know my team. Sandwiched in-between, we found time to take part in a team #selfie challenge on the streets of Sydney CBD. No tourists were injured in the process, luckily!
To wrap the day, each team presented outlines of the project, their Story Cards, User Stories findings which underpin plans for the coming weeks.
With Day 1 completed, I left feeling brimming with ideas and enthusiasm, keen to get stuck into the program and see what we can produce!
LevelUp Build Sydney will be taking place over the next 6 weeks. Luke will be blogging about his experience here!