It is once again the time of the year when some of the people at Futurice pack their bags and head to northern Finland to open up our officially approved remote site in Levi, Kittilä. This time it is bigger and better than ever. We have 30 participants in four different cabins in the heart of Levi, next to the slopes, cross-country skiing and snowmobile tracks. The event has been popular and this time we even have a couple of our Futualumni with us. It's great to see how Operation Snowflake brings people together.
That must be a huge effort for the organizer?
From the organizer's point of view, all the Operation Snowflakes have been fairly easy to organize, since all these lovely people have really good self-organizing skills. My role is mainly to send a couple of questionnaires about the suitable week, to book the cabins (and palju!) and the rest happens more or less naturally. Operation Snowflake has also worked as a role model for other events, too. Inspired by Operation Snowflake, a group of people went to Bali this January to take a vacation and learn how to surf. It was called Operation Wave, of course. We want to make this event better every year, so this year our dear ArthurH suggested Futurice ski vests/sleeves to wear at the slopes to get nice pics as well as make it easier to find your colleagues at the slopes. Furthermore many people has come to us to ask more about the operation so good visibility on that front too.
Why such madness?
Why not! This is a great way to bring people with the same interests together, spend awesome time together, heal the world while sitting in the palju (big hot tub on wheels outside the cabins), get to know your colleagues better, create life-long friendships etc. At the same time we make sure all project work is done promptly and effectively. This kind of event creates a lot of positive energy, which lasts for a long time. A totally different working environment also freshens up your own thinking and ways of working. Furthermore, the whole thing is about team building. The thing that should happen everyday, but in a longer run come up with out of the box ideas to make it crazy enough or how we like to call it overdoing it, if possible :)
I didn't want to miss this year's Snowflake
This year I had a bit of a battle with myself. Newborn baby at home and, on the other hand, possibility to go to Snowflake. I didn't want to leave my family at home so I decided to do some more planning, so that my family can come here too. In the end we are here with my wife, son and mother-in-law (OMG!) in a separate cabin, but close to the others. This is also a good example of how things can always be arranged, if you really want to.