Last week Dave spoke at Future Of Web Apps (FOWA) in London on data. If you don’t already know, he has spent the last month tracking our every move here at Storm, from the number of cups of tea we drink to when we take breaks and even what we think of the buskers outside!
Dave found some entertaining insights into our business – who would have guessed that those of us who have an early cup of coffee end up being less productive?
We’re also a fairly happy bunch, based on the data we input over the month. We tracked the individual perceived mood and perceived productivity of each member of the team, and overall we came out pretty well.
There were some entertaining outcomes – as the buskers outside deteriorate, so does our mood – until they get so bad that it’s either funny or we stick our headphones on, and suddenly we get a lot happier again!
While the results have been quite funny, there is also a serious outcome of this monitoring. As Dave shared with his audience at FOWA, having data is useless if you can’t interpret it and use it to improve a situation.
At Storm we’ve been lucky, we’ve just moved offices so we’ve been able to make some really simple changes that will have an impact on productivity. We’ve created social spaces, so our team can get away from their desks at lunchtime, we’ve got a better heating system so we can boost the temperature of rooms in the morning (we found warmer days were more productive) and we have even got music in each room now to cancel out the buskers!
We have also installed an intelligent phone system so that no one has to answer too many calls in a short space of time, and we have 11am standup meetings to get the teams’ day into sync.
The feedback from Dave’s talk at FOWA was great, and those of our team who went to the conference had a really good time. It almost made having our loo breaks monitored worthwhile!
Yesterday we held our official ‘house warming’ – welcoming our friends to our new office for the first time. Many had seen it when we first took over the building, and we hope they like the rather large transformation that has taken place!
The opening was a great evening, and much wine was consumed. We enjoyed showing our friends around the building and seeing everyone enjoy the space made the long hours choosing fixtures and fittings finally seem worthwhile.
Our staff dining room was the wow factor of the evening – we decided that we’d decorate it with Georgian-style splendor, with rich wallpaper, chandeliers and antique furniture, making it stand out from the other modern, sleek rooms we’ve created.
We’re very grateful to Bath artist Perry Harris who supplied us with some great prints of his work at very short notice. They look absolutely fantastic!
If you couldn’t join us yesterday and you’d like to pop in and see us and have a look around please do – we’d love to see you for a cuppa.
You’ll know that we’ve been stripping back and completely redecorating new offices for a couple of months now, so we’re really excited to say that we’re finally finished and moving in tomorrow!
The office is next door to our current space, so we don’t have to move far. We’ll have a lot more space in the new office, with a new boardroom, meeting rooms on each floor and even a staff dining room.
We’re looking forward to our official opening next week, and hope to see many of you there!
At Storm we’re really good at programming, and online business. We’re not so hot at DIY. That’s why we have a team of builders in our new office, making sure everything is done properly, and its not going to all fall down!
When we took over the building there was 15 years worth of legacy wiring running around every room – most of which didn’t connect to anything. Old wires had been painted over, the walls had ten players of woodchip wallpaper, and there were enough ethernet cables to run internet to the moon.
We (or rather our builders) have stripped everything out, right back to the brick work. The rooms feel ten times larger after layer upon layer of wallpaper was removed, and they’re brighter too.
Now the walls are ready to be plastered, painted and the whole building will be rewired. There was huge excitement in the office yesterday when a new server cabinet arrived – and who said we were geeks?!
We have lots of plans for the new space, and now that the old, fousty rooms have been transformed into a blank canvas it is much easier to envisage what we might be able to do. We’re really excited to get decorating, and we’re hoping to move in this autumn.
We are all very excited because we can now tell you that we’re moving to lovely big new offices!
We’re not moving far – next door in fact to 14 New Bond Street – but the offices are much larger which means we’ll be able to continue to grow and take on even more exciting projects.
The keys were handed over this week and we currently have a team of builders in, plastering, painting, wiring and sorting out a whole decade’s worth of legacy hardware that has been left in the building. As a result we hope to be in the new offices sometime in July and will keep you posted with photos and updates in the meantime.
For now – we’re still at number 13 and as always you’re very welcome to call in any time.
We’ll be in the big corner building above Lifestyle Pharmacy from July!
Welcome to our new Stormtroopers Hannah and Ashton!
Hannah has joined us as Admin and Support Project Manager having just completed her BSc degree in Computing through the University of Bath.
Ashton is still in Uni, and he’s with us for the summer to work on some fantastic app ideas we’ve had kicking around – so watch this space!
Both will be contributing posts to the blog soon, but in the meantime, here is a lovely photo…!
A team of seven children from Bath, including students form King Edward’s and Ralph Allen schools, have beaten 20,000 teams from around the world to be named the 2013 World Science/Robotics Champions.
Having successfully competed at National level, the 11 – 15 year olds making up Bath’s ‘Team Untitled-1‘ made the trip to St Louis in America where they proved themselves to be the very best of the 80 teams that made it through to the world finals.
Bath students named World Champions
The seven involved in the team are Freya, Tom, Dani, Max, Joe, Rafi and Claudia. They said: “It’s the team here.. Well, we say “team”, but WORLD CHAMPIONS is more appropriate!!!!! Yes, slight shock. We have just beaten 20,000 other teams worldwide becoming number one in Lego Robotics!! Wooo!! We think it’s true because everyone’s taking our picture but we might need a pinch or two!”
Dave said: “Storm were pleased to sponsor Team Untitled-1 and we’re absolutely thrilled to hear what they’ve achieved. What an outstanding accolade for Bath – this says a lot about the quality of science and tech teaching here in the city and the enthusiasm of our youngsters. We’re really keen to continue to support competitions like this that give children the opportunity to learn more about science and engineering.”
Here at Storm we’re welcoming new members to the team. In a couple of months we have two new joiners – Ashton Clapp is joining as a Junior Web Developer, and Hannah Atkinson as Admin and Support Project Manager.
Hannah is just completing a BSc degree in Computing through the University of Bath, and is excited to be starting her new career with Storm. As a student Hannah has done extensive work experience with local digital agencies, and this year she was involved in running Bath Digital Festival.
Ashton is a Computer Science student at the University of Bath and impressed us when he took part in the University’s ‘Apps Crunch’ competition. During his summer break we’re going to be letting Ashton loose on a few awesome app ideas we’ve had kicking around for a while – so keep an eye out for the results!
Both Hannah and Ashton join us in June, and we’ll get them to write a post each to introduce themselves properly then.
Here at Storm we’re looking for a really good Ruby on Rails developer to join our fantastic team.
We offer great benefits and a really fun work environment right in the centre of Bath. If you’re interested check out the job description and get in touch!
We’ve had a fantastic time meeting WordPress users from around the region at today’s Storming WordPress event. We hope everyone who joined us, both for the introductory session and the more advanced group, found the event informative and useful.
Liam, who was central to running the event, said: “Both sessions were fully booked, with more than 50 attendees over the course of the day. It was great to see so many different people, some were WordPress developers wanting to learn new techniques, others were bloggers who wanted to understand some of the more technical aspects of their blog to customise it for their readers. The mix was fantastic, and we were all impressed with the questions and enthusiasm from both groups.”
We’re really keen to have your feedback ahead of future events, so please drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org with information on which session you attended, what you liked and what you think could have been better.
If anyone would like to help deliver future WordPress sessions with our team please get in touch and let us know.