Gifts from Dragons

September 16, 2011 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment

By Chris Smith, Director of Technology

I’ve known for a long time that we have a fabulous development team here at Amazon Consulting. Recently, I decided to put us to the test by creating a development challenge. How would the team respond when given a tight deadline, and faced with a coding challenge that they had no previous experience with? Sometimes it’s just really fun to kick the anthill and see what happens. As they say, “smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” I wanted to push the developers beyond their comfort zone so they would be forced to embrace great coding practices, and pull together as a team.

We upped the stakes of the challenge with some strict requirements – our development challenge had to:

■ Add a significant and demonstrable business benefit to our web application

■ Involve the learning of a new technology

■ Require a complete team effort

We also agreed no code could be written prior to the day of the event. With the requirements set, we publicized the challenge internally. Failure would not be an option. With all eyes within the company on us, it was crunch time. What follows is a video summary of the events as they transpired.

Watch the Video!

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