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An Evil Clown, a Losers’ Club and the Success of Teamwork

Coulrophobia is the irrational fear of clowns. Nomophobia is the fear of leaving the cellphone at home. However, being afraid of flying cockroaches cannot be considered a phobia but common sense.

Stephen King wrote It in 1986. In the story, a group of seven teenagers face an ancient evil creature that reappears now and again to feed on people’s fears. In the town where these events take place, people tend to suffer from memory loss and forget everything that happens when It comes to feed on their fears.

This group of kids formed the losers’ club. They may consider themselves losers, but they have something that allows them to defeat the evil clown (It can take many forms but the most common one, the one by which people recognize him, is a clown). This knack, which gives them power over It, is their ability to work as a team, and It wants to destroy that.

The cultural background, age and sex of the members of the losers’ club vary, but what brings them together is the goal of killing the evil clown, which is why they create strong bonds that are critical for the team’s survival.

The Story’s Main Characters

Stan: he’s the last one to acknowledge the supernatural nature of It. His role is to provide logic and rationality to the team; he’s the one that questions things, analyzes risks and upholds the team’s commitment.

Mike: he’s kind of a historian; he organizes and classifies information. He’s also the one who summons the group again. He provides the context the team needs to understand the problem and study the enemy.

Eddie: he’s the leader’s right hand and backs all his decisions. He acts as the leader’s consultant and helps him make the best decisions for the team.

Billy: he’s the trusted leader, and the members of the group seek his advice. He knows how to delegate responsibilities and trusts the abilities of each member. He promotes understanding among the team.

Richie: his role is to support the others in their tasks, and they know they can count on him.

Bev: she guides and executes the battles against It when the leader is unable to. She’s the anchor in times of crisis.

Ben: he offers solutions. He could be defined as someone who understands projects and knows the best way to solve them. He either has or searches for the information the team needs in order to deal with things they ignore.

As it Turns Out, the Losers’ Club is Agile

Every member of the team knows which part they play in it. They know they’re weak when they’re not together and understand the importance each member has, so they don’t act individually. They promote open communications among the group, so every risk is effectively informed. They support each other when needed, and if one of them is absent, they understand they need to reorganize themselves.

The enemy seeks to cause instability in the losers’ club because he knows they’re weak when they’re apart —individually, weaknesses get bigger. That’s when they’re vulnerable and get hurt. But when they collaborate, the weakness of one member gets balanced by the strength of other.

The losers’ club is a truly agile team: they define their tasks and goals, they try different things, they adapt to change and they succeed in a way that should serve as an example for any development team. In short, an agile team that trusts each and every one of their members is strong enough to defeat supernatural monsters embodied by evil clowns that invite you to float down with them.

 

 

Rodolfo Cordero

Rodolfo Cordero has been a developer in the company since June 2016. He is a graduate in Software Development from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, his country of origin. A regular reader and music lover, he took courses in cocktailing and to become a barista, skills that delight the staff of intive in the after parties organized by the company.

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