We’ve begun following EOS recently, and this year we took our annual hackathon and turned it into a legit team building, core value centric retreat.
Being a largely distributed team, this was really important this year, as our headcount went from 7 last year to 16 this year. We are now at a size where culture can either sink or catapult growing companies.
Here’s a general outline of our retreat if you find your company might benefit from it:
Founders welcome speech / 2019 recap / 2020 goals / core value introduction and explanation / core value discussion.
During this speech we also dropped a bomb on them all, breaking them into teams and telling they had 24 hours to think of a world changing product PushPress could build and present a compelling press release for it. This format follows a popular and well documented process amazon employs to stoke innovation.
BBQ at vrbo beachfront rental
PRESS RELEASE DAY
Teams got two three hour chunks to work on their press releases. We had a guest ex VP from amazon come by and give guidance to the teams and nudge them in the right directions.
For a short fitness break between those three hour sessions, we did bubble soccer, which was a huge hit with the team. Pun intended.
Press release presentation and dinner out + bar crawl capped the night.
Department presentation day
We asked our departments to put together a presentation to share something exciting they’re working on with the team as a whole.
Many times the nuances of each department are missed - and those details can be quite exciting.
For example when engineering showed sales how selenium worked, I saw a few heads explode 😂
Quick beach workout lead by a CrossFit HQ staff trainer. Followed by beach volleyball.
Dinner at a local brewery