Last year Fibery had Slow December. It is time of free exploration, self-assigned initiatives and “tasks I always wanted to do, but did not had time”. This year we are repeating it.
- No mandatory meetings (no company meetings as well). You will have uninterrupted time.
- No assigned tasks & deadlines. Nobody can say you what to do, it is your own choice.
- You are free to do whatever you want: explore some ideas, improve something in Fibery, or fix something in Fibery that you wanted to fix for 34 months but couldn’t find the time, try something new, like write a post.
- It is desirable to produce artefacts of your activity: something done, something written in text, something visual, you name it.
Q: Can we afford it?
A: Yes, one month will not make a huge difference. Upside of the creative month can be high, while downside is controllable and low.
Q: Why are we doing it?
This is a time to slow down, reflect and do something without pressure. Constant pressure leads to mediocre decisions, there should be time to think deep and explore deep.
Q: Will we have weekly releases?
A: Yes, if we will have something to release and announce.
Q: Can I pressure people to do things I want?
A: Sure, you can form ad-hoc groups and do something as a team. However, you don’t have to. Feel free to avoid any pressure and work in solitude and peace. You can also bribe teammates, use flattery and all other legal and semi-legal mechanisms to get your idea done.
Q: Any ideas what I can dig into?
A: Anything related to Product Teams 2.0 niche, anything that makes Fibery more stable, easier to use, AI theme, etc.
Q: I’m not a developer, what should I do?
A: Find some interesting task. Explore some topic and write a post. Create some prototype. Try to sell Fibery to 5 people. Be creative, find something that drives your curiosity.
Q: Do I need an approval to include something into a product?
A: Yes and no. You are free to work on anything you want, but real productisation is up to Product Group to decide. So if you want to be sure that something will be included into a product, ask someone from the list above.
Q: I work in Customer Success, how to enjoy this when I have permanent pressure from customers?
A: You are unlucky, since this is the only activity we can’t halt. Some mandatory support should be done anyway, but maybe other people will help you from time to time, like take support channel for some specific day like Olga did? Ask for help and add some pressure.
Q: What if I started something and use full January to complete it?
A: Please don’t. Or you will feel the pressure and all good feelings from December will be washed away.
Q: Fuck this shit, I just want to work as usual
A: Feel free to do it, but at least breathe out and do it slowly and deeply.