Dan Pink’s book Drive inspired us to try our own FedEx day using Atlassian’s model. We’ve already held a couple of brainstorming meetings to generate ideas, and we’re fast approaching our FedEx day that runs from this Thursday afternoon to Friday afternoon. This will culminate in the awarding of a trophy designed by Joe Sanderson, complete with a miniature FedEx truck on top along with a lighthouse and moose to reflect our Maine locale.
As expected, we have a number of ideas to work on that have been tossed around as concepts from time to time in the past, but never pursued. And there are some excellent variations and innovative twists to those ideas as well. It’s great to see our organization dedicating this sliver of time to go after some of these ideas! In fact, it’s looking like we are going to have a surplus that will have to wait until our next FedEx day.
People are reviewing and thinking about the ideas, which are organized online as shipping orders, and signing up for whatever interests them. Given the highly competitive nature of last summer’s geocaching outing, I expect we’re going to have an intense overnight session as everyone strives to deliver and capture the bragging rights that come with the trophy.
As a company, we’re looking forward to reaping the innovative benefits that the FedEx day concept offers. And equally important, we’re looking to have some real fun. We're not alone in trying FedEx days. Other companies in addition to Atlassian are experimenting with FedEx days as well, such as Ambientia and Snowflake Software. Yahoo! has done something similar for years, but they call it Hack Days. And Google of course has its 20 percent time.
I’ll delay my usual Friday morning post until Friday evening so that I can report the results of our first FedEx day. I’m a participant in the FedEx day myself (I’m sponsoring one of the ideas), so I’m liable to be tired. I’ll keep the post brief and – hopefully – coherent. And I’ll include a couple of pictures as well. I'm looking forward to the experience!