My place of work has been a source of constant change for about 10 years now. Restructures, realignments, reorganizing; but we're just about to hit a change that's putting all the others to shame. Complete redesign. New reporting lines. External audit. The works. This is putting a strong strain on morale and highlighting our former collaborative culture has been eroded. Over the years we've had a few attempts at communities of practice for coders, getting people together from different areas, bouncing ideas off each other, trying to get a community going.

They have never panned out. The few interested people drive it while they're at the wheel; but once they hand over or burn out it just. Stops. So I'm trying something different now, formalizing a Skunkworks. Over lunch, so it's very laid-back and voluntary, and just talking to the people I know who are keen on doing THINGS and see opportunities that are MISSED because of budget or priorities or whatever. I've got three people interested and we're doing it the right way - Git, repositories, projects, all the fun stuff. And I'm getting to work with people I wouldn't normally work with, and it's fun. Other people have seen our plans and have actually managed to offer some training space over the lunch break to use as work/ demonstration spaces.

This thing is useful for coders, sure, but definitely crafty-types would benefit from this to. So I'm looking for advise/ experience from people who've done this sort of thing? Pitfalls? Positives? Let everyone know.

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  1. [MentalHealthSisyphus, 2017-09-10 22:07:01] -Twitter Favourite-