ShipIt Day

ShipIt Day presentation after six years

I gave a talk about Ambientia’s ShipIt Day experiences last week to a Finnish public sector organisation. The last time I gave the same speech was about six years ago. To me, it was a bit frightening how well I remembered the presentation without any practice. One of the reasons to speak to the organisation…

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Diary-like blog posts about the ShipIt Days

A couple of months ago, Ambientia’s marketing team decided that our blog should be incorporated into the website of the company. Old blog content was not going to be transferred to the new site. From a company perspective, it was a natural decision to take. Controversially for me, it was an uncomfortable moment personally, because my old…

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Ambientia’s ShipIt Day XI: Clients’ Sponsorship of ShipIt Day

In November, our Tampere office organised Ambientia’s 11th ShipIt Day. Colleagues from our Turku office joined the event as well. Because we were familiar with the event formula from past experience, we only needed one preparation session to select the ShipIt Day projects. When work began, the following projects emerged: Clustering support for a substantial…

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FedEx Day VI: Playful mobile development

Ambientia’s sixth FedEx Day took place at the Hämeenlinna site again. Two teams invented ideas which they had hacked together. Most of the participants were already seasoned FedEx Day gurus because they had participated in at least a couple of these events before. This time, we also have three interns working with us at the…

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Atlassian blogs about Ambientia’s ShipIt Days

Annelise Cappy from Atlassian interviewed me to their blog about Ambientia’s ShipIt Days. It is a story how we have been trying to motivate people and reinvigorate the working environment at Ambientia. The interview quite well summarises the idea and the current situation. You can read the whole interview from Atlassian’s blog at https://www.atlassian.com/blog/archives/case-study-ambientia-galvanizes-employees-shipit-day  …

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FedEx Day V: Joensuu Office rocking Ambientia

Ambientia has five offices in Finland and one in Sweden and also a couple people working from their homes. Because of the distributed nature of Ambientia’s offices, we have decided to do FedEx Days one office at a time. This is new territory now! It was the very first time we organised a FedEx Day…

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FedEx Day problems fixed

I wrote about the problems with FedEx Days around the second day we had over here. The issue has given me a lot of thought. I have been trying to device different rules and guidelines that would drive the benefits of our people and also benefits of the company. It seems that the solution is…

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Ambientia FedEx Day II

Preparations and the idea At Ambientia we had our second FedEx Day last week. Before the day I had one lunch meeting with the team about the FedEx Day idea in general, and the stuff people were going to work with. My presentation about the concept owes mostly to Atlassian, Daniel Pink, Mihály Csíkszentmihályi and…

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Problems with FedEx Day

Our second FedEx Day is currently running. The team testing FedEx Day selected exciting ideas, and they are hacking with them as I write. Cool! I do not know if I am too narrow-minded or do I have two real problems with the FedEx Day concept… I honestly think that the team has generated loads…

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