Initiation to code is an article written by Alice Moltolo that pertains to the idea of mentor-mentee relationships in advertising. With the recent increase enrollment in computer science at universities the magnitude of junior developers is how mentoring can benefit the whole entire team now higher than ever before and a lot of these individuals become new hire directly from school. Alice speaks on how to directly build a mentor-mentee relationship with these newbies by offering her opinion on what’s best on a range of topics including: starting your mentor-mentee relationship, The idea of “agility” and necessarily being or becoming agile, but also how mentoring can benefit the entire team as a whole.
When it comes to building a long-term relationship with your mentor just like building a relationship with any other individual it has to be a mutual agreement and almost a understanding of what should be expected of one another. It’s essentially a general acknowledgement for us both, mentor and mentee to get better at what it is we do whatever that may be. Alice also raises thoughts on the idea of compatibility and the benefits of not necessarily being similar in all aspects especially when it come to one another’s thought process. In this specific case being different isn’t exactly a bad thing because it allows you two as individuals to collaborate the different aspect of how you think which will allows more leeway for thoughts and ideas to be pushed and even produced and you’ll learn more from each other. Another great point she brought up was the idea of picking someone you want to learn from. The idea of picking someone you will be happy with an individual that will have your back when the going gets tough. In doing so its important to remember that arrogance slows not only growth but production so be open to the idea of pairing yourself with someone who listens and is always open to criticism. This has to be on both parties ends as well.
Alice touches on the idea of how “agility is key.” She also speaks about a blog post made in 2014 by one of the original signatories of the Agile Manifesto, Dave Thomas and how he acknowledged the confusion of the term agile and how he reminds us to do everything in an agile fashion by remembering four simple steps:
- Find out where you are
- Take a small step towards your goal
- Adjust your understanding based on your goal
Seems simple right. Also remember in employing agility inspecting and adapting are foundational in being a good mentor. She also mentions establishing a system for measuring your mentee’s progress through three simple phases that will initiate his agility including: phase 1: A little respect, phase 2: Challenge accepted, and phase 3: The Initiation game all in which will test your mentee and push them into becoming an equal individual in the company. Of these three the most important step is the initiation as it is a harrowing ordeal that, if survived, yields the initiate to a new and higher level of awareness. Alice also mentions how this third step for the most part is usually accidental but generally promote great success when completed correctly and efficiently.
Lastly she touches on how mentoring can benefit the entire team as a whole. Mentoring not only give individuals a chance to work and collaborate in the workplace but it also allows them to work and refine their overall knowledge. It changes their overall dynamic and understanding because its their willingness to learn and adapt that has become a core value for the entire team. It’s so very important to understand that it is the people and interactions that can make or break a product or even a brand.