It’s easy to overlook the familiar, and takes a disciplined mind to escape familiarity and see things as if for the first time. This morning’s Moment of Zen offered us a new perspective. Our Chicago-based Harvest Expert, Doug, shared this timelapse video that revealed a quietly beautiful Chicago he hadn’t noticed before. City or software, it’s important to step back and see things through stranger’s eyes.

Every other Friday morning, our entire team gets together for a chat we call Show & Tell. Over the course of an hour, we catch up on project developments and demo our latest works in progress. We end with a Moment of Zen, a three-minute (or less) video selected by a team member.

Zach

Zach really likes his birthday present!

At today’s Show & Tell, we celebrated the launch of the new Harvest Expenses, welcomed a new Harvester (hello, Arun!), demo’d a few exciting upcoming projects (one of which you can sort of make out in the photo here).

We ended with our Moment of Zen–and today, for the first time, we had a double header: a video about ski jumping from our developer, Ken Early; and this happy birthday video for Zach Moazeni!

Fantastic time hosting the DPM Connect event last night at our HQ. If you are a project manager or a producer in New York City, we encourage you to join this initiative started by our friends at Barrel. It’s a great group of people from various agencies sharing and learning from each other. 

Photo via @magitisa

“My harshest criticism falls on the code I wrote years ago. I’ve been at Harvest longer than any other developer on the team. Few at Harvest get to live with their terrible five-year-old code like I get to live with it. Daily it is in my face. In the course of our days we all run into our prior code failures. The idea of turning a critical eye on myself even more frequently than I’m already forced to is daunting, but embracing this fact is probably for the best.”
The remote team is in town for Summit and our weekly game night looked a bit more crowded than normal. The remote team is in town for Summit and our weekly game night looked a bit more crowded than normal. The remote team is in town for Summit and our weekly game night looked a bit more crowded than normal.

The remote team is in town for Summit and our weekly game night looked a bit more crowded than normal.

For Paul’s birthday, Patrick made a web app to suggest the appropriate facial hair for the day’s weather.

For Scott’s birthday, TJ built a custom game where you climb up an ice wall by capturing Android phones. How fast can you do it?

It’s over! By outlasting Jon in our office “NFL Survivor Pool”, Christopher has become the rightful possessor of the coveted Harvest Cup. It shall remain in his possession until the dust from our next office contest has settled.

Tomorrow is TJ’s birthday so we’re headed to the movies. Want to join us?

Yesterday was Ken’s birthday and Scott helped us celebrate with a special edition of Bike Magazine. Everyone had a favorite headline – what’s yours?

Hacksgiving 2013

Just before the Thanksgiving holidays last week, we put a pause on work as usual to devote 2 days to something we call Hacksgiving[1]. During this time, the team was invited to work on anything of their choosing. The only parameter was that the projects should be “Harvest related” in some way; anything that our customers or teammates will find helpful or useful would be fitting. To get things rolling, people simply posted ideas and rallied others to collaborate with them. No projects needed approval and the event was hardly limited to just developers. Our designers, support team and marketing team all jumped in. 

The result? An impressive set of 18 projects was presented at our special Show & Tell. Projects ranged from the very technical (Harvest is now IPv6 compliant!), to the beautiful (our marketing site is looking just a bit more polished). Developer tests got better and faster, and various improvements to our beloved Co-op were made. And amongst many other things, a special set of GIFs (ThanksGIFing[2], of course) were  created and to be shared a few lucky customers. 

At the end of all the presentations, we threw in a twist. We wanted to recognize the standout projects, and especially those which reflected our Harvest Eight values (these are our core values which we’ll write more about another time). Using the fantastic Poll Everywhere, everyone live-voted their favorites to close out the presentation. It proved to be really fun way for the team to provide recognition. Hats off to everyone involved, it was incredible to see what got done in just a couple days. More importantly, it was great to see everyone have fun along the way. -DW

[1] Hacksgiving - coined by our organizer, Patrick Filler. 
[2] ThanksGIFing - named by the always clever Warwick Poole.

When Albert knocked out a longstanding issue, our dev team felt like celebrating. We printed up a commemorative tshirt and shipped Albert a surprise package of them (cat not included).

We had a visitor in the office today! Christopher is dog-sitting little Pickles, and we put her to work answering support emails. Woof.

We had a visitor in the office today! Christopher is dog-sitting little Pickles, and we put her to work answering support emails. Woof.