StoryBoarding at SalesPad is about a collaborative process.
One person takes a half hour to create a storyboard. Then, the other developers brainstorm ideas for a title, placing those on the board on Post-it Notes. A vote is then conducted, with the top suggestion then prominently displayed on the winner’s desk.
The tradition was started this spring. One day, developer Matt Gritters randomly drew a short story on a dry erase board near his desk.
“I was bored after working on integrations for two months,” Gritters said while casually yo-yoing with his team.
Two weeks ago, Nate Campbell created a storyboard featuring Keith, the world’s best guitarist who rips open a wormhole with his epic shredding skills. The wormhole released warrior bunnies into the world , and they ended up killing Keith and taking over Earth.
Among the title submissions for Campbell’s comic were “Bunny Rising,” “Shred: You’re Dead,” “The Hoppening,” and “A Short Tale of Long Ears,” with developer Nick Implo’s suggestion “Harry Rift” voted the winning title.
Last week, Austin Anderson went over his allotted time in creating his StoryBoard. It featured Manny the Sassy Moose, who lives atop a mountain, and was punctuated by a clever CSS joke. After Anderson finished, the team surrounded the board, giggling at Anderson’s cheesy joke.
Brainstorming and banter was tossed about last Friday while title suggestions got raised. Among thos taking part were Gritters, Matt Shreider, and Ryan McMahon, who have collected the most Post-it Notes wins to date.
With the Post-it Notes up, the voting started on titles that included “Manny the Moose and the Sassy Misuse,” “The Moose Selector,” and “Colorblind.” The winner was “A Sucker for CSS,” suggested by Gritters.
The storyboarding occurs every Friday.
— Kat Trumbull