Today, along with one of my client's project team, we are giving a whole day to moving an idea into fruition. You may see "Startup Weekends" or "Hackathons" marketed to the hard-core geek types and programmers; though the model works for businesses that have a back-burner project that is ready for some real attention.
We are not likely to write a ton of code, though we are going to hack together the bits and pieces of ideas, try out complicated software, plug in our configurations, creative words & pictures. The goal is to build just enough of the platform to answer any big questions, test our assumptions, and clarify the product purpose.
The 5 of us: CEO, COO, CTO, Marketing Director, Lead Developer will come together to bring a mix of priorities and vision to validate our solution.
I expect we will start with some healthy fruit and granola, a couple of fresh white boards, assign a bunch of tasks, and put on our headphones to crank out some results. Eventually, refuel with a sandwich, regroup then devolve as the brain becomes mush and land in the glass of a great big beer!
The photo above is what our day looks like in my mind... though the following picture is more like the reality. However, I'm putting my 'war room' focus on... wish us luck on our mission!
In order to be successful, we spent some time getting really focused on our agenda, created shared space using Trello to narrow our agenda, dump ideas, and as and set a couple of clear goals and hope to use them as a mantra to stay focused when we fall into the the rabbit holes .
If you think that a "Hackathon" style work day would help your team let me help you!
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