Create a new project →
Creating a new role or recurring project in Deep Work is a process that can take a lot of ideas and needs to meet the constraints of the organization. While you can provide the ideas and work, someone who owns a role at Deep Work will have to make sure it makes sense within the organization, before it gets fully integrated.
Experiment with ideas and tasks, arrive at a project with value, create a solid project.
Finding an idea:
- Join our bi-weekly community events where we spend some time exploring ideas and getting to know each other. You will find them on the community calendar, every other Sunday and they are the best opportunity to come up with ideas to work on together.
- You might have personal projects that you would like to explore how to find clients for or an idea for a larger project that could be interesting for the entire ecosystem.
- Or maybe you just want to prove your skills to someone while involving others in your idea.
Reach out to the Representative of the R&D department if you're not quite sure. You can see who it is if you go to the Deep Skills app and find the active Representatives project of the current month.
Otherwise, choose a mentor who you think will give you valuable feedback and protects the constraints of the organization.
- Experts (@Expert role in Discord) have higher credibility and could mentor you on paid recurring or client projects in the future. They are great to prove your skills to them.
- Department Representatives (@Representative role) can verify whether your project could expand Deep Work as an organization into new domains of work. You can find them by checking in Sobol who is the Assignee of a relevant department.
- If you're setting up a paid client project, pick another Creative Director or Project Owner.
- If you are a Representative, choose another Representative who is not you.
It helps to reach out to them before you continue with creating the project so they are aware of your idea and where you see the value in the project. You can also discuss more details with them and get some advice.
If your project does not require work of a team, you can agree with your mentor on the scope of the work. A 1:1 chat about the scope and cost of the project is the fastest way to get confirmation on your idea and get started working on it.
Once you are confident about the scope and cost (step 4.) you can jump to step 5.
You can also facilitate a workshop structure of any other kind (user journey, SWOT, etc.) or even attend the meeting alone.
Before setting up the project, specify and confirm with your mentor how many xDAI or DEEP tokens you would like to request from the treasury or applicable department.
This will most likely be an estimation and there is no correct way to precisely calculate the cost before a new project starts. You can, however, discuss the value with other people and get to an estimation that everyone else will most likely agree with.
If you want to calculate how much you (and the team from the workshop) want to request from the treasury in fiat or xDAI, use the hours you anticipate spending on the project (as discussed during the workshop) as a guide and compare the work you would do to the hourly rate of similar work. You can refer to this spreadsheet for four-hour day rates of roles within Deep Work, a public job database like GlassDoor, or ask your mentor.
If fiat compensation seems unreasonable or the treasury balance is low, you can request DEEP tokens. The value of the tokens depends on how you see them, so there is no objective guidance on the calculation. You can familiarise yourself with the token utility, distribution, governance, and profit share to get a sense of what makes the token valuable to you and others.
For example, you can calculate how much you would request if you worked for USDC (see above) and multiply it with a token multiplier: find a similar role inside or outside of Deep Work and multiply the USDC amount with a similar multiplier from this spreadsheet.
Remember that a declined funding request doesn't mean that you can't go ahead with the project but further negotiation or review of the value is required.
Create a discrete project to experiment with your idea, based on the decisions you made during and after the workshop. It's important that you tag the mentor.
A discrete project can also be your entry point into the organization. Whoever can see the result of your project will be able to attest that you can do more work in the future. Before you start working, please make sure you sign up for an account.
Work on your project, run experiments, ask others for advice, do user research, bring it up on a community hang out. Try to talk about it as much as possible to gather feedback and finish with a result that makes you happy.
After you're done, you will review the work with a mentor. Ask them if it fits into the organizational design of Deep Work or how it could become its own project or start-up.
If it needs further improvement, ask them what they think it needs and how you could make it better.
If your mentor clearly sees where this may fit into Deep Work, skip to step 7.
Some projects need adjustments and now that you have a first version of your requirements, list of tasks and maybe even a team, you can iterate. Review everything you did in the previous iteration, improve the project submission, task list, cost and team and start again.
If your mentor decides that this project is valuable, you can either make it part of Deep Work or create your own start up. It will have to be discussed with the everyone from the department or submitted as a proposal to Snapshot.
Once it has been voted on and accepted, you need to do the following:
- Write the workflow of tasks into GitBook
- Create a budget sheet or adjust the budget sheet of the department.
Ask your mentor to help you with these steps.