I do love web developing, but at times it can be a very lonely experience; a work request comes in by email, you tap away at your keyboard for any time from 5 minutes to weeks, you close off the work request by email, then another work request comes in by email, you tap away at your keyboard for any time from 5 minutes to weeks, you close off the work request by email, then another work request comes in by email… you get the idea.
On many occasions the only time you have any feedback are one of two scenarios; 1: The person who created the brief has realised what they asked for is not actually what they want. 2: Your code is full of bugs and needs fixing ASAP.
At Powwownow, to ensure the appreciation of our work is heard as widely as possible; me and my fellow web developing colleagues are becoming very excited about a new potential addition to our internet ‘tool-kit’; The Gong.
We have been spending hours (lunch breaks and after work hours obviously) scouring ebay for a suitable gong to ring every time we complete a task. Of course such a device will require rules and regulations to ensure it is used in an appropriate manner; a gongable task must be of substantial size, completed within a reasonable time limit and to a high standard, and most importantly to ensure maximum jealousy, only technical staff are allowed to dong the gong. (Of course the maximum penalty will be imposed for this offence).
On Monday we made our first bid, an “Interesting Brass Gong Wooden Frame, 12 Inch”. We gathered round in excitement to watch the auction end (going, going, gong…) and in our disbelief we were outbid by literally pence. But now I have my eye on the ‘Authentic Bronze Buddhist Temple Gong 60″ Huge‘, but at $3,995 dollars, largely due to the current exchange rate, it is slightly over our £10 budget.
We are fully aware the novelty of the gong may quickly wear off, but as long as it irritates the sales and marketing departments for months on end we feel it is a job well done; in-fact a highly gongable job well done.