Last week we had some of our remote team come to the office in Fargo to work with us. Josh and Erick recorded this episode of From Idea to Done prior to our team week to discuss goals and plans they wanted us to achieve.
VO: Get ready for your semi-regular dose of random ideas from the guys at Codelation. We like to talk about big ideas companies that are winning, and those that aren't along with current events in our crazy world of software startups. So come along with Erick and Josh, who challenge you to think big, start small and turn your ideas into something on this episode of, from idea to done.
: Hey everyone, I'm Josh
Erick: And I'm Erick and today's idea is team building for introverts. And so I kind of wanted to have a brief chat with you because I came up with the idea of having some of our remote con our remote workers come to the office for a week. I'm kind of all about cooperation and working together and building on each other's strengths. And I want to bring that to our team members who are kind of working alone. And so like, I'm wildly nervous, but excited for this. And so what are your thoughts of doing this from an owner's perspective?
Josh: Uh, communication is really hard. And when you add remote team members across different teams, it really adds to the need to be intentional. So, you know, I'm really looking forward to next week and I can't help, but think of the company Zapier, when I had, uh, fortunate enough to meet their CEO at a startup weekend, they're a hundred plus company is 100% remote.
Erick: That that sounds terrifying. And so, yeah, I don't, oh man. Again, I, I couldn't even imagine that. And being when we were a hundred percent remote with COVID stuff like that was so true, I've from my seat. Anyway. I thought it was true. I was losing my mind, but I think we can at least get in together in the spirit of coming together. And I don't think you would have, let us get plane tickets and hotel rooms. If you thought this idea was terrible. So here's some of my goals for the week and I just kind of want to go over them with you. And one is to give everyone a better understanding of what each other does. Um, I think it's so important to build stronger than zoom in slack relationships with your team. Um, I wanted to get some work done and I wanted to update our own website while kind of improving some of the processes.
Erick: And it's nice to have a nice working system in place. Having them work with our marketing team, to be able to bring that to other marketing teams and go really smooth into some of our next web builds. And I want to make our website better and align with our team and align with their marketing strategy and kind of focus. We've done some really nice stuff lately, and I want to bring those skills to our site. And then the last thing I want to do is kind of have everyone leave optimistic and energized about the rest of this year and kind of like the overall future of us as a company. So before I finalize the schedule, is there anything else you would like to see me on this list?
Josh: You know, that really aligns. I like the culture pieces that we're looking at. I like the work sessions we're looking at. I really think that if we can lean into process that works and solidify that between engineering and between web and marketing, like we're going to win our clients win and it's going to be great. So here's what I want to do. I want to create, create a case study of us, working with us to see how great or terrible a client we are for us.
Erick: It's really confusing.
Josh: I think it will be a video series. I think that's what we have to do with all right.
Erick: Well, Maddy, as you listen to this, I guess we have some more work to do next week, but I like everything we're doing is we want to bring this to other companies and if we can't prove it on ourselves, I think it's silly to expect other people to pay for it. So one of the things that I'm a little nervous about kind of on my end is I've organized and I've been to sales meeting and marketing events, and those always have the high energy talkative people like myself there. Would you have any advice on kind of reaching out to a more introverted crowd since we have very different personality to me in most of our devs,
Josh: I think it's really to lean back into the why we're doing it and, um, help bring the conversation out of the team. If it's just conversation to talk, it's, it's tough as, you know, a more introverted person, but if there's a strong, strong, why behind it and it impacts me in my seat, you know, or it, me as a team member, I think that's a different story.
Erick: Mkay, so yeah, we'll, we'll find out if me and one of our other episodes we talked about, we talked with Tom O'Neill and he said, devs have a craftsman attitude. And so I've kind of really taken that to heart, one, planning out some of the events of the week. And I have a little bit of fine tuning before the crews get here Sunday, but, um, we'll have a little followup and see how everything goes and I think it's going to go well. And I hope it goes well. Do you have any final thoughts for our, our team building?
Josh: You know, I really like when Tom brought up the idea of craftsmanship culture, you know, to me in my head, I feel like Ron Swanson or Nick Offerman, and I'm like, we're going to go make a live edge Walnut knocked down trestle table with our bare hands, right?
Erick: Terrifying. I have to organize an event for blacksmiths here. It goes. We'll have a follow-up I guess in a week.
Josh: Thanks for listening. We hope, you know, a startup that could use our advice and random thoughts, send them over to correlation.com to hear the next podcast.
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