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Feb 12, 2019 16:32:30

Offsite No.1

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Sarah Hum

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Oops, I broke my streak. But for good reason!

Last week was our first team offsite. We brought everyone together in Lisbon for some good old team bonding. 

As a remote team, it's so important that you get face time with everyone. Equally important is actually hanging out in person. With our 4th teammate joining, we felt that this would be a great opportunity to meet up.

If you're building a remote company, don't underestimate the benefits of meeting in person. Here are some highlights from our week together and why we're already so excited for our next one!

Pre-offsite planning

Since we were a small team, planning was fairly easy. We picked a city (Lisbon), we chose a neighborhood (Alcantara), and we set dates. There's was a coworking space nearby that would be perfect for working during the day. Everyone booked their own flights and Airbnbs and we were set.

There was no specific goal for this trip other than getting to know each other.  Something about being behind a screen hides a lot of everyone's personality. We planned to work together during the day. Outside of that, we had time and space to just hang out and explore Lisbon.


We weren't goofing off the whole time! We worked a pretty regular week. Having a space with reliable internet is crucial. We worked from Coworklisboa, one of the oldest spaces in Lisbon.

We were able to do our team syncs and other meetings together. Andre ran a great session about customer success at Canny and how we can do better.

My favorite was the PechaKucha. It's a presentation format where you show 20 images for 20 seconds each. Our theme was [Your Name] 101. It was a great way to get to know more about each other. Great for new teammates!

Some things are really nice about going into the office and seeing everyone in person. We won't have that luxury every day as a remote team but when we do, it'll be all the more special.

Food & Sangria

β€œOne of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

We had lunch and dinner together every day. After hours of working, it's great to take a second to chill out. We had a lot of wine and beer this week but the drink of the week was definitely sangria. Particularly because, on Chinese New Year, we order 2L but got 4L instead. Lots of laughs and good conversation were had.

I highly recommend cooking dinner yourselves. One, it's cheaper. Two, there's nothing like enjoying a home-cooked meal together.

The highlight is definitely the Sunday pork roast. Slow roasted in the oven for 6 hours with vegetables. And of course, Andrew made some homemade sangria.

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