The documentation is heavy. This should give you a brief overview how to get started right away.
This guide should be a simple outline how to get started working at Deep Work. It is not a replacement for the knowledge base and the rest of the documentation. Please read the individual pages and ask us directly if you have any questions.
The first step is to join the Deep Work Discord. As you join, most channels will be hidden from you and only unlocked once you sign the Collaborator Typeform below. It asks you a few basic questions and to sign a contract to make sure you don't damage client relationships. Read the #start-here channel for an overview of the most important channels.
Before you can immerse yourself in client-facing Deep Work projects, you need to sign an agreement and leave a few details about yourself. This will create a portfolio document and make it easier for others to see if you are a fit on a project.
All community events are open for participation and usually facilitated by someone.
Internal projects also appear on the same calendar.
Some projects are complex and have a dedicated Discord channel, you will find them in the active projects category:
You may also find an opportunity to contribute to a project with work, which can also be paid.
The general process is as follows:
- 1.You find a project you are interested in
- 2.You research what it is about and find that you can help
- 3.You contact the project owner and suggest how you can help
- 4.You work with the team for a short period and contribute as you suggested
- 5.At the end of the short period you evaluate the results with project owner
- 6.If the work was valuable, you can discuss the compensation for the next period and potentially a retroactive payment.
Some projects are recurring and require expertise and follow existing workflows. You can find the workflows of all roles in the left sidebar of this GitBook.
Select the tasks you are interested in (see role workflows on the right) and provide the expert with evidence that you are a good fit.
If the Expert you applied to doesn't respond or doesn't add you to the project it is possible that they prefer to work alone. You can also drop a message into the internal channel to ask if you can shadow.
Please be kind, sometimes Experts are busy.
Keep in mind that there are many people who are reaching out to our designers, so it's likely they don't respond because they don't have the capacity. You can always DM experts but try to get to know them personally when they are not busy working on a project.
Internal projects can emerge from a conversation you had on the community call or an idea from a workshop. These can result in defining a new role or even department within Deep Work, or simply a small project you would like to practice your skills on.
Reach out to the current R&D representative at Deep Work (you will find their name under the Representatives project of the month in the Deep Skills app) or read here about how to start an internal R&D project:
In order to give praise, type
/praisein any channel on Discord and mention the person and their task.
The more you give praise, the more others will see it, and the more likely you will be praised for your contributions.
Bounties are small tasks which almost anyone can do but which will improve Deep Work as an organisation. They sometimes have to do with content management on our website, writing documentation, articles, social media, doing research and more. Bounties can be created by anyone and found in the #bounties channel. The payment depends on the difficulty and is either in cash or tokens.