Imagine the day with no meetings, phone calls, task lists, or client agenda. What would you tackle if you set aside client work for a whole day?
Our team took up this proposal by scheduling an internal day one month in advance to dedicate time and energy to realize individual projects. The only expected outcome: present your work to the team the next day. With approaching holidays and December deadlines looming, preserving the chosen date became a great challenge. But honoring our first internal day proved to be very productive, generative, and a sweet end of year reward. Side projects, research, and long overdue internal tasks got the attention it deserved. Here’s some of what we accomplished:
South by Southwest
Our team is amped about attending the 2013 SXSW Interactive festival in March. To newbies, the amount of information provided is pretty daunting to absorb. Web tools like SXSW social had not quite built much momentum to make orientation any easier. The long list of programs represents today’s tech mash up, a motley convergence of smartypants experimenteurs where internet celebs and entrepreneurs rub shoulders with universities, marketing agencies, grassroots activists. By design or by nature, the website is fairly overwhelming to scan, let alone build a plan for the five days we’ll be in Austin. I rolled up my sleeves to parse through and curate a preliminary itinerary.
Fortunately, SXSW GO is a pretty well designed mobile app for discovering, scheduling, and engaging with conference attendees. I set up our team blog with on-boarding tools like a Google map and Trello board. We’ll see you live, from Austin!