Sunday, February 1, 2009

Team building - James Bond Style

SRV-02, QDB8 and Wrenchturn, as well as over 30 other Quanser secret agents gathered on January 28 at a secret location with a code name Laser Quest (that's why you got voice mail on Wednesday). Even a raging snowstorm didn't stop the devoted agents (every time Quanser organizes an event, a bad weather hits. We will keep you posted on when to expect next snow storm or tornado).

The goal of the secret mission? Kick off a New Year with a Champaign toast to Quanser's 20th Anniversary and celebrate our hard work. Of course, secret agents live for action - just look at the number of new solutions Quanser agents bring out every year - but this time it was about the agents themselves, not the gadgets they love to create. Agents were assigned to teams where they set targets and worked out strategies to protect the team 's base, collect "bugs" and eliminate as many "enemy" agents as possible.

It was no surprise that both teams worked together pretty well - after all, we work together in a real life - and have a lot of fun! What did come as a surprise were the sharp-shooting skills of White shark (a.k.a. Derek Wight) who won the first game and ninja-like Sashimi (a.k.a. Luke Cho), a celebrated "bug collector" for the team Q.

Just as everyone was running out of ammunition - Zofo's (a.k.a. Paul Gilbert) presentation brought everyone to life. Zofo entered the room in true Bond style with the 007 theme song and a glass of Martini (shaken, not stirred). He outlined for the rest of the agents the goals and strategy of the whole Quanser team for this year. Agent Tut (a.k.a. Jacob Apkarian) who founded the company 20 years ago, added few words to highlight the success of the now adult Quanser. And of course, there was a cake (expertly cut by agent Tut) and cigars.

By the way, aren't you curious which team has won? Oh, it doesn't matter - we are all one team.

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