Innovation day

What is Innovation day

The day is pretty much our flavor of a hackathon. It’s a fantastic opportunity to play with new ideas, work in various teams, and simply have fun. Nowadays we tend to have Innovation day after almost every software update: once per 2-3 months. It enables the team to pursue the following goals:

  • Step back for a day from the usual work
  • Innovate and experiment in virtually any directions
  • Improve creativity skills
  • Self-organize in a cross-functional team
Innovation day in Atola. Demo time

How we run the Innovation day in Atola

We keep the flow quite simple.

1) Whiteboard to collect ideas

Everyone write their ideas on the board to make them visible for the rest of the team. The ideas can be anything beginning from hardware/software features ending marketing or even internal office improvements.

2) Emerging of teams

Teams self-organize around ideas or leaders. Those are generally cross-functional teams having the software, hardware, QA engineers, and marketers mixed. Thus it can be any combination in a team that opts for any topic they want.

3) Synergize and have fun

It all comes down to synergy working together. Here we have the only rule:

  • Everyone in the team must be involved in teamwork

4) Demo time

All teams gather in the meeting room and show off with prototypes of their ideas. Prototypes can be in any kind of form:

  • slides, pictures, videos
  • software mockups
  • hardware prototypes made of carton
  • mere explanation

5) Aftertaste

Creativity development and teamwork are the primary goals of Innovation day. But there’s one more thing.

Wrapping up

Life is wonderful since you can change it at any given moment. The more you create and communicate, the wider options you have for a change. If you think creatively, there are no correct answers. You are looking more and more for alternatives and figure out there’s a plenty of them. Here’s why Innovation day practice is lovely.

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CTO in Atola Technology. Gamification enthusiast. Agile proponent

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Vitaliy Mokosiy

Vitaliy Mokosiy

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CTO in Atola Technology. Gamification enthusiast. Agile proponent