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I am a developer for a media company in London. I am a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications.

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Rob, thanks so much for responding to my email to your CEO and taking the time to share your experiences. I'm glad this idea worked for Red Gate in a real world environment. By taking your advice and lessons learned I hope we can reproduce the same motivation and productivity within our team, and come up with a successful product. Thanks again!
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@DKnight LOL love the idea, maybe we should do that in the office anyway...
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I can appreciate the kind of working environment you might be coming from, but based on my own experiences of intensive bursts of development and training I'd strongly disagree with this statement: "I have never seen it work out well for the team inthe long run if they make an extradordinary effort to do something and succeed".
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Not a problem if expectations are managed properly! :)
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I agree with your edit to do with a follow-up process. If we do go ahead with the idea, perhaps we should also blog about the experience so that others can benefit from our evaluation as well.
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Good point, direct expenses like the dog sitter should probably be paid by the company if you were to participate in such a project. I'm not sure I agree about the home/work balance though, as this is only a very occasional thing and not a reflection on the normal working patterns expected. In terms of pulling off all future developments in a week... That's definitely not an expectation we have, this is the exception not the rule :)
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Thanks for this viewpoint. A busy family life will certainly make it more difficult to commit to, so it's good to hear the incentives you'd expect in return.
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@Ethel Evans Very useful comments, thank you
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Hmm not sure about that approach in terms it becoming a battle of two halves, but will give it some thought as I can see where you're coming from.
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Great points about not forcing people and ensuring it's made exciting and rewarding. Thanks
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@AdityaGameProgrammer Yes, the sales/marketing people will drive the public facing website content and design, and will work on promotion as you say. They need to be involved to shape the product, help with testing and ensure the developers deliver something 'sellable'!
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Excellent points, thank you. The planning in advance will consist of a brainstorming day to decide on the idea (we have one in mind) and flesh it out (technically and commercially), followed by our user interface guru putting some wireframes together. Good point on the testers, folks back at the office who aren't involved could do that. Meals, sleeping and hours are all up for debate amongst the team.