Thursday, August 9, 2007

Nights spent in office making the new 99acres.com live

We had a contest running for us this time..... 2 day trip if we launch the new stuff till the end of july.

We've worked on this project for some time now.... as usual we slogged the most in the last over.

This was a new team i worked with. Have done this twice over @ naukri.com and made several large (read mammoth) projects live in the last 4 years.

We did it.... the team work was cool.

Yet... everytime it's the same butterflies..... the cushion however are the learnings...

There were many challenges for us. getting the concepts right.... implementing them and most of all having a well oiled coordination between all the departments without playing the blame game. [it's very easy to get into that trap :-) ]

It takes all types of people to make a team. A lot of it was Deja Vu ..... it's all coming back to me... just different people were saying it.....

Each one has their own concern.....
- it's not in the brief... where is the dropdown we wanted... it was not in the template.... Stop looking at comma and full stops, pl take out BUGS- REAl Bugs..... the new build destroyed the older fixes....
Top management wants new changes done...
not now, it will be done in august....

The idea so much wasn't a 2 day trip... the motivation was achievement and having the Best Site.....

But the best thing about this team was : The Client/User and Site was at the core of all this and the strain we could hear were "How can we do this better?"... ok let past be past and let's focus on what we need to get done and how best can we do it to make the site better.

There were no sides..... There was just 1 team.


99acres team... U Rock.

there were many a night we spent in office.... not going home... sleeping in office for a few hours... working 21 hours a day....

Our business head - Deepali and CTO - Vivek stood by us always......

4 comments:

Manas Mishra said...

And the best part was.. I was sitting there (mostly listening to songs on my iPod, surfing the net and basically doing nothing) and drawing a great deal of sadistic pleasure by seeing you folks sweat it out :-))

But seriously, good show. 99acres is definitely going to be the best real estate portal in India.

Moonless said...

im sure they were working really hard...but if u look carefully...more than one person has orkut open on their laptops ;)

Nachiketa said...

@ Manas Mishra - but the world will now know that the iPod was there to keep my sound out of ure ears... but alas..... as usual Nachi still WON.....

thanks for the encouragement :-)

Nachiketa said...

@ moonless - that was snooping time.... :-)

when other sleepless people were writing their blog....