Processes can make your life easier. Both at home and at work, says Radek Rýda

„Processes are part of our everyday lives. When we do our repetitive chores, we try to do them with the least effort in the shortest time possible. We can possibly teach others how to do things in the best way. It makes our lives easier,“ says our colleague Radek Rýda

Radek, you’ve been in Wunderman for quite some time. Tell me, what made you join Wunderman and what was your first position here?
That’s right, I joined Wunderman 6 years ago. I started here as one of the team leads in the MSC Ford Site Maintenance team, those days lead by Tomáš Dostál (currently Ops Lead for MSC Microsoft). My Greece/Romania team was easily manageable – only one colleague was reporting to me.

You’ve studied American studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. This is a bit far from what you do at Wunderman. How did you learn the new profession ‘on the go’?
Before Wunderman, I used to work in a small U.S. company based in Prague as an editor for monitoring U.S. and UK news sources – still close to my university degree. In Wunderman, I was applying for a website editor job but through the years it all took a different turn. After being the team lead for about 2 years, I got an opportunity from Michael Schindler to become a process specialist for our MSC Ford team and I’ve been doing this ever since. I’m still learning on the go but never alone as I would get by with a little help from my senior colleagues – namely Tomáš Lojka, Gordana Šíma, Tereza Olearo, and Petr Jankůj.

And what are you working on now?
Currently, I am working on a process of regular audits of our internal documentation to keep our Confluence content fresh and relevant. Also, I am nearly finished with my JIRA searching training that will take place on September 25 (you can find details in the LMS).

So you are mainly responsible for the processes. What do you think is the most important thing about them? How can companies benefit from them?
I would say that on subconscious level processes are part of our everyday lives. If we do our repetitive chores with the least effort in the shortest time, and we can possibly teach others how to do things in the best way, it makes our lives easier. I would say the same applies to professional environment. Documenting, training, and delivering work in a processed and reportable manner can make my colleagues work easier and keep our client satisfied.

During your time in this company you’ve gained a lot of experience – but what do you like the most about Wunderman?
I like the friendly atmosphere in Wunderman. Many of us would find new friends in Wunderman or even life partners (which is my case). But also, my supervisors would always show understanding for my family matters after my son was born last year, or, for example, would let me occasionally leave work a bit sooner for a gig my band would play out of Prague. I did not have this at my previous employers in this extent.

You’re going to teach the new training for your colleagues on the JIRA system. Most of us use this system daily. What can we learn at the training and why we shouldn’t miss it?
In my JQL (JIRA search language) basics training I am focusing on a topic that many of us face on daily basis: the need to instantly find a dozen of particular tickets in the huge ocean of all JIRA tickets. This can be easily achieved with the proper use of JQL (JIRA Query Language). But there is a lot more to learn about JIRA – for this I recommend Tereza Olearo’s user-friendly JIRA trainings.

Why have you decided to carry out the JIRA training and what was your initial impulse to do it?
This training recollects my JIRA searching experience through the years. Many trials and fails, learning tips and tricks from our Prague JIRA admin Petr Nový, googling tips online… I don’t have any coding or programming background so first I had to overcome my JQL aversion. I think others can overcome it as well. It was our PM Helena Polakovičová who had the idea for me to organize this training as she would find some of my tips helpful in the past.

You have an interesting hobby – you play in a band. What music do you play and how did you get to it?
Yes, I am playing in a klezmer band called Trombenik on a guitar banjo. Klezmer is a traditional Jewish music, and we try to spice it up with gypsy, Balkan, or even jazz influences.  I got to playing in Trombenik accidentally – through a friend playing with me in a pop band. And 15 years later the band is still together.

15 years of being together as one band is amazing. What do you consider to be the biggest success of the band so far, what are you most proud of?
We have played for audiences of all age groups, gained fans from different countries, played on large rock stages or in beautiful synagogues, made many weddings dance, recorded two CD’s, etc. Still, the biggest success to me is that we are still good friends and we keep on playing.

We, as your colleagues, would certainly like to support you. Where can we see you and the band?
Sure, with pleasure: Please visit or search for Trombenik Prague Klezmer Band on Facebook. We are playing at U Vystřelenýho Oka (Žižkov) on November 28 or at Vagon Club (Národní třída) on December 11.

You have a really busy schedule. You work, you play in a band, you have a family… How do you manage to handle all of this? Would you like to share some tips?
I have to say, after my son was born, my schedule became tight. I think it naturally gets you into situation when you have to decide what is the most important in your life, so you have to leave out what timely does not fit anymore.

Article author: Eliška Šafránková

Kategorie: Agentura, Wunderlidi, Zajímavé projekty