I helped launch the IMVU Engineering Blog two weeks ago as a Hack Week project. The first posting to that blog is an explanation of Hack Week and how we do it at IMVU, authored by myself and Roland Blanton, an Engineering Manager at IMVU. Here is an excerpt:
Yesterday we kicked off another Hack Week at IMVU, a solid week when we put product development in the hands of IMVU engineers. What does this mean? An engineer can spend the week working on something they personally feel is valuable to the company. It’s a way to harness experience and insights from across the company and give everyone more ownership over what we are building here. The buzz in the building is tangible: there are fewer meetings, less process around group work, and people are focused on finishing their features to put them in front of customers.
Hack Week has been an integral part of our engineering culture since 2007, giving our software engineers a chance to guide product development and test their ideas. This tradition has resulted in many popular features like Outfits Management, Turbo Product Loading of 3D assets, IMVU Badges, and shopping directly from a 3D chat. All these features were driven by IMVU engineers during past Hack Weeks and then adopted by our product teams for release to all customers.
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