How does this sound to you? Lock yourself in a room with a group of developers, and not leaving until you’ve completed a code writing project for the latest in supply chain technology. If you’re like me, you can’t think of a better way to spend the day. That’s why I’m so excited to lead Gravity’s first code fest next week.
My first experience with a code fest came a few years ago while I was working at Google. I was part of a team of about 10 developers that was given three days to make a demo based on an idea that our product managers, developers and even some users had been brainstorming over for a few weeks. The goal was to prove whether the concept was viable or not. We did not plan to write the code for production, it was simply an exercise to prove whether the idea was credible.
I found the experience to be a great way to test proof of concepts, and it was also a fantastic team-building exercise.
Supply Chain Code Fest
The Gravity code fest begins on Tuesday, January 26, and we’ll be working on some ideas for new features and capabilities of our supply chain apps. It will give us an excuse to break out of the normal day-to-day routine and experiment while potentially creating a useful feature for our app. It will also be cool to get together, learn from one another, work in a way that we usually wouldn’t be able to.
I’ll post a summary of what we were able to build and everything we learned later in the week.
If you have ever participated in a code fest, or would like to, do you have any suggestions for how to make the most of our time and energies? If so, please post your recommendations in the comments section below.