In 2014, the CenturyLink Cloud Platform Team spent two weeks together in the city of St George in Southwest Utah. This was followed up by a trip to Lake Tahoe in 2015, in what’s become an annual event. The team—including developers, testers, product managers and design—gets together in the “Hack House” to work on our Cloud Platform, as well as get to know each other outside the confines of our offices. By spending the time to connect with each other, we build trust and empathy, which enables us to interact and collaborate at a higher level. We’re firm believers that if you actually like your coworkers, you’ll be happier and do better work because of it. The Hack House is a great way to forge this bond.
2015 Hack House in Lake Tahoe
However, just because we went away to sunny and dry Southwest Utah, doesn’t mean we spent the whole time hiking in Zion National Park. The focus of the development iteration centered around new role based access controls and feature flags for individual data centers, which will be released tomorrow. Still, during down time everyone took advantage of what the area had to offer, from hiking, photography, and mountain biking, to fixing that bug that always bothered you but never had time for (while hanging out by the pool).