32 people, 3 days, 12 product features, one hackathon
The main focus of Mynd’s Barcelona retreat was a 3-day intensive hackathon. The problems were known, ideas came out of the intensive planning session the day before.
These were either new tools for Mynd users or tools meant to improve and automate internal company processes.
To make this happen, everyone on the team was focused 100%, not involving themselves in any outside work. The Mynd crew was divided into 4 teams.
For example, one of the tools that was created was an internal tool that dealt with contextual project management. It would prioritize tasks according to the GPS location of Mynd’s workers in the field.
Team building as an integral part of the retreat
Besides the hackathon, Mynd’s management made sure that there was time dedicated to team building. These activities took place in the evenings and during the weekends.
For one of the team building activities, Mynd employees went on a tour of the famous Sagrada Familia. They also went on a wine tasting tour and went for a night of pintxos (tapas) on Calle Blau street.
In this way, Mynd’s retreat was a healthy mix of productivity and team building that resulted in 12 new product features(!) and heaps of good times.
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