From Hyderabad: Teamwork


I had a chance to play Cricket with the InfoSec India team this week. It was a great blast and it helped me frame an example I like to use to promote team work. Cricket, like a lot of sports, has many different roles that come together to make up a team. You have batsmen, bowlers, wicket-keepers and other field positions. You even have what they call “all-rounders” who are great at bowling as well as batting. Individually, they may all be starts but the real impact they can have is when they work together in this team collective.

It’s the same with our team; we have everything from developers, testers, architects to risk and awareness program managers and security and performance analyst and consultants. We even have certain all-rounders that may be good at development, code reviews and performance engineering. There are definitely stars as well as stars-in-the-making in each role on our team but it’s the impact we have as a collective that counts. Balanced security and performance are key principles both critically important, and it takes our whole team to achieve that balance.

Another important element for me is how each role takes on a heightened sense of need when it’s part of a team collective. Maybe the “coolest role” is of a football quarterback or a cricket bowler but without a football receiver or a cricket wicket-keeper, the team isn’t going to get very far.

It’s such a simple analogy and really isn’t even anything new, but it so nicely underlines the importance of team work that I like to reinforce it with my teams. As a fellow Chigao-ite named Michael Jordan once put it: “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” 🙂

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-Todd


Comments (2)

  1. Sandra Wade says:

    All rounder could be good idea but as far as programming is concerned, i don’t think that it makes sense to play with all balls rather than just one.

  2. Todd Kutzke says:

    Hey Sandra, I completely agree with you. There is a need to have specialist that specialize in a very specific area as well. What I’ve seen is that it all depends on the individual. For example, one of the top developers on our development team used to be one of our top application security technologist. In this case, this individual had the desire and passion to pursue multiple areas of focus. Who am I to hold people back… 🙂