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Crafting Purposeful Offsites: From Goals to Actionable Outcomes

Hosted by Allison McMillan
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Jumpstart your Engineering, Product, and Design offsite planning with purpose and clarity. Let’s face it: One of the most challenging aspects of orchestrating an offsite is ensuring every minute counts. Dive beyond the surface-level objectives of "uniting the team" and "finding common ground." This workshop is your gateway to designing an offsite experience that seamlessly juggles diverse priorities while communicating the indispensable value of such a gathering to stakeholders.

In a dynamic 90-minute session, this workshop will inspire you to:

  • Spark innovative ideas through brainstorming

  • Exchange insights and solutions with like-minded leaders

  • Establish compelling goals that focus on tangible and intangible outcomes

  • Preview examples of robust, efficient offsite agendas tailored for both in-person and virtual settings

  • Start to understand diverse methodologies to design captivating sessions

 Why should you sign up for this workshop? 

  • Cost-Effectiveness: Guarantee that your offsite's return on investment is significant, saving both time and money. The potential savings from optimizing your offsite can easily amount to thousands.

  • Break Initial Barriers: Overcome the primary planning challenges, accelerating your offsite's preparation.

  • Tailored Team Insights: Grasp the unique perspectives of engineering, product, and design teams - how they resonate with offsites, their distinct outlooks, and the language and frameworks that truly engage them.

  • Compelling Advocacy: Equip yourself to persuasively present the need for offsites, securing the necessary resources and backing from higher-ups.

  • Concrete Deliverables: Transcend discussions and draft tangible action items, follow-ups, and results that will transform your team's dynamic.

  • Enhanced Team Unity: Lay the groundwork to foster a sense of alignment and camaraderie among team members, leading to consistent collaborative success.

  • Idea Exchange Platform: Immerse in a rich exchange of strategies and solutions, drawing from the collective wisdom of peers.

  • Peer Inspiration: Engage with an assembly of forward-thinking leaders, absorbing ideas that could be the game-changer for your next offsite.

 Note: This workshop is limited to 20 participants

About The Facilitator:

Allison McMillan is a fractional VP of Engineering and Engineering Leadership Consultant. She’s previously held leadership roles at QuotaPath, DEV, and GitHub. Allison has worn many hats in multiple industries as a community builder, managing director, and software engineer. Allison has over 25 years of experience planning offsites, both virtual and in-person, ensuring that these experiences are valuable, efficient, fun, and productive.

Allison started a podcast about being a parent in tech, Parent Driven Development, and is an internationally recognized keynote speaker. She is very involved in the Ruby community as a current board member and the former President of Ruby Central. You can find more writing, speaking, and consulting information on her website:

When she’s not coding, you can find her encouraging her son’s climbing skills, being both proud and annoyed about her daughter’s sassiness, or pretending she has time to bake.