On the heels of our off site work event yesterday, tonight several of us at work had plans to stay late to play some board games.
Some context: the work our team does supports the Care organization at Grubhub. And the internal name for the application is “Carebear,” and our team name is “Braveheart.”
Most people, when hearing the name “Braveheart,” tend to associate it with the Mel Gibson movie. But really, it’s a Carebear thing.
Honestly, I kind of liked the fact that our trophy was imperfect. As that seemed to hold with the spirit of the hackathon itself. But it was quite nice that our company decided a replacement was worth it.
You’re not going to believe this: we got second place!
L to R it’s Zohair, Shyamal, Yibo (our intern), me, and Anjana. We’re holding a placeholder trophy, as the real one is getting shipped to us from NY.
Overall, there were 75 projects shared during the Semi-Finals. As we were waiting for our turn, I realized the WiFi was totally slow in the room, due to all the other folks who had their laptops going nearby. And so the idea of a “real time demo” kind of went out the door.
Here’s the super interesting thing: while we were all in the same physical space and all in the same map, we were each seeing very different parts of the map.
Someone could be next to you, physically, in the real world. But in the VR game they would be two floors above you, maybe 30 feet away.
We don’t do this sort of thing often, but I really enjoyed hanging out with folks and chatting a bit outside of the context of our day to day. I learned a good amount about my coworkers, and just got to talk about other stuff that wasn’t all work or sprint related.
At the start of the night, most folks had one or two glow necklaces. About 30 minutes into the first band’s set, people started to throw down these other lights: soft, foam tubes that held an embedded LED.
Lately, at work, the tasks I’ve taken on have been less about creating and more about organizing.
The work I do at Grubhub involves supporting our Care team. Our cadence for deployment aims to have a new version go out to prod once every week. While we’re developing features and fixing bugs, we build to our preprod environment. But when we go out to prod, we update the tool that all of our Care Agents (in multiple cities, in multiple countries) use.
Before I knew it, the office was pretty quiet – as most everyone else had taken off. When I stood up to pack up my bag, I looked around and realized I was pretty much the last person there. But what struck me most was seeing this huge sea of computer monitors, all the way down.
At work, there’s been talk of a team outing for some time now. And today, we finally arranged for a big team event (which included getting several remote folks in from Minneapolis and Detroit). Our venue for the outing: Ragnarok Axe Throwing, in Chicago.
Around 3PM, several of us headed offsite to a celebratory work function. Several teams have been working a lot on an internal initiative for the last few months, and this was a way we could collectively celebrate hitting one of our milestones.
Given the added construction slated for tomorrow, everyone’s working from home. Which for me, is kind of a moot point, given all the construction progress at the house. Pretty funny, when you think about it.
This is really just a post for me. It’s cryptic, I realize… but this is just something I wanted to post and record for myself. Future me is going to look back on this and laugh.