I am super-excited as I type this. I am alone in the office today because it's an Italian holiday, a French holiday, and OUR WHOLE US TEAM IS ON ITS WAY TO ITALY! :)
You see, tomorrow is the start of the 2nd annual Balsamiq Retreat!
The retreat is our once-a-year gathering so that we can spend some time together IN PERSON, IRL!!!! :)
Last year, together with our families, we all went to a villa near lake Como, which was awesome.
This year we're going to a different villa, this time in the gorgeous Marche region.
Since the house is smaller than last year and we have more employees, this year it will only be full-time-employees, without families.
We have a lot of fun activities planned (mainly around food) - I can't share them yet because they're a surprise. I had my friend Amy at Divino Tours help me organize some very special events, I can't wait!
We also plan on working though, we have a lot to do. The theme of this retreat is think things through.
We collected a list of topics to brainstorm about: my goal is to hash things out for some thorny topics, breaking them down into actionable, detailed step-by-step TODO lists, so that we can then intermix them all together with our roadmap for the next few months of work. Fun!
Here's a few of the topics, straight from our intranet. Some are big topics that will take hours to think through, others will be easy enough to discuss over lunch. Some are technical, others are about our internal processes, all of them are important to us right now.
We might blog or tweet about our different activities, or we might just enjoy them fully instead and not worry about it. :)
So if we're a little slow in responding to email and phone calls next week, now you know why! :)
We should all be back to "real" work by Monday, June 13th.
P.S. Special thanks to our families for taking care of our children etc. while we're gone. We love you!