What's been happening since we moved into our new space? Well, I said that we had room to grow and we have! We have taken on five new developers and a consultant since our move in April, and we are recruiting for more people (see our careers page for more details).
With growth and new people come new skills and this is what some of our brilliant new developers have brought with them: Python, GO and some awesome Ruby skills. Development aside, we also now have a consultant specialising in Innovation and Adoption. Our enormous new office now feels a lot more cosy although we still have plenty more desk space!
In July we had an Alliants Hack Day, "Ruby on the River" which was a huge success. It was a really productive day and the developers came up with some interesting stuff, all followed by a barbecue on our spanking new patio.
We also had a "getting to know you" evening in August which involved another barbecue and an opportunity for all our partners to come down and meet the team. It was a great occasion to get to know everyone a little better and to welcome the new team members and their families (some of whom have joined us from as far as Argentina, Poland and Portugal).
In September we had our triannual All Hands Meeting. This is an opportunity for us to catch up with one another, look back at the previous four months and go through targets to discuss how we grow as a company and what we see ourselves achieving over the next four months to four years. It is a good opportunity to learn a little more about the sides of the business that we aren't actively involved in and gain a better understanding of each other's responsibilities within the company.
After the important stuff, we always have a party and this meeting was no exception. It was the first proper party that the new office had seen and we managed to keep it going until the small hours. There was a surf simulator and Dan Hubbard was in charge of a pretty awesome barbecue. Clearing up the following morning was less fun – believe me!
There has been a lot of SUP boarding this summer, including a demonstration by Nick Daniels. Being a family company, those of us with children have been lucky enough to get our kids out on the water too. Nick and Sam have been regularly partaking in SUP board yoga in the mornings and most days, on arriving at the office, you are greeted by SUP boards and wetsuits drying outside. However, it has started to turn a little cooler now and the nights are drawing in, but I know that we will think of some fun and interesting stuff to do over the winter months and during the Christmas period!