I helped setup React training with Michael Jackson, the creator of React Router, at our SF 22 office.
The point of WOTW is to increase visibility of, and to some extent socialize the possibility of, big wins coming from regular, solid, individual efforts on non-herculean scope. Unlike large, heavy launches, these happen pretty often, and are often the result of a single change, not always by a highly visible or well-known individual.
Essentially, this is a venue to recognize work that is:
- Technically excellent;
- Exemplary of Slack's values;
- Modest in scope, less than one engineer-week;
- At risk of being under-recognized.
“These criteria are, necessarily, a matter of opinion. Smart, well-intentioned people will disagree about how any collection of work ranks under this rubric. We're proceeding anyway, in the belief that doing something imperfect-yet-directionally-correct is better than failing to do anything for fear of imperfection.”
Update December 8th, 2018
I still have the trophy since it seems a lot of employees didn't actually like how WOTW was given out. I may be the last WOTW awardee at Slack. RIP. ☠️