I spent the first 8 months of our company’s life building the platform our first service is built upon (it’s an fully managed online store for local South African crafters) but then ran out of cash and had to go back to consulting. We’ve been doing fantastic on the consulting side, growing from 2 to 5 staff and making more in a morning than the store does all month (which makes me sad). However, we’ve some features we want to add to the store and some other products we’ve half-built that I want to work on so we can wean ourselves off consulting-crack a bit more again. So I’ve declare one week in September “hack week”. Plan is to be internally focused, no client work, all about us.
My rambling prelude is all gearing up to: has anyone else done this? Any tips on how to make that week focused and awesome for the team? We have me (jack of all trades), two devs, one front end designer/developer and the customer services manager. Any ideas to ensure no-one person becomes a blocker and lumped with all the work?