The last weekend of March, our team in Ljubljana finally made the long-anticipated transition into our brand new offices.
In this short blog post, we’ll give you a glimpse into the teambuilding-like moving process, as well as explain why we made the decision to move and what this means for Agiledrop.
We knew a move was on the horizon since about the middle of last year. In 2018, we saw our team grow way more than any previous year. This meant that we were able to start working on even more projects for even more diverse clients.
What it also meant, however, was that we would soon outgrow the office we were in at the time. We were recruiting new developers at a lightning-fast pace, and our office’s capacity was quickly becoming insufficient for so many people, with only a few empty desks remaining.
Furthermore, we also saw a growing interest in our free Drupal courses. If we wanted to accommodate everyone who signed up, we would either need to run these courses more frequently or increase the size of the groups.
Since the first option would unload even more work on our already busy CTO and everyone involved in the organization of the courses, the second one was much more appealing. And, thanks to our extremely roomy new offices, also much more feasible - we can now host almost twice as many course participants as in the old ones!
Right, so - we knew we’d be moving soon, but we didn’t yet know when or where. Because of this, it was all still in the air, something intangible and by consequence far away. The cliché expression “out of sight, out of mind” definitely held true here.
So, when things finally started to move, they moved fast; we only found out about the definitive new location in the beginning of March. And, we were to be completely moved by April 1st! This didn’t exactly give us a lot of time to move.
Conveniently, we had a teambuilding planned for the Thursday preceding the move. We decided to combine business with pleasure, postpone the teambuilding till the weekend and get our exercise in a less conventional way.
When we started to move, we moved fast. We took some after work hours on Friday to get everything ready and make it easier for ourselves during the actual move. The next morning, we said goodbye to our old offices, loaded our things onto the moving truck, and were off to our new location.
Of course, staying true to our company culture, we also took this as an opportunity to bond and forge new friendships among teammates. We washed down Friday’s recreation with a beer or two, then on Saturday enjoyed our first meal in the new offices after getting everything set.
Now, just over a week later, we’re well on our way to being completely settled in. Having almost a whole floor of the building to ourselves gives us a lot of flexibility. Our new offices thus boast 2 booths for calls with clients, 5 meeting rooms and enough desks for 50 developers, with the bonus of much better parking spaces than in the old ones.
At the moment, though, the new offices are so much more spacious compared to the old ones that one’s always a bit surprised at how empty they seem; however, we’re still actively looking for new teammates, so that’s bound to change soon.
On top of that, we’re already looking forward to having our first free Drupal course in the new office less than three weeks from now - and then another one soon after!
So, we’re keeping up with the change happening all around us, staying true to our vision and opening ourselves up to new opportunities.
We can already feel this move has been the start of a new chapter for our company; we can’t
wait to see what else this year has in store for us.