There are a lot of teams at Rackspace – seriously, a ton. And they each have different names. Recently I changed teams – from Shared Resources to Culture & Communication Support – and meanwhile Shared Resources became Operations & Resources. It can get hard to keep all the names straight, especially with all the changes constantly going on here, but teams put a lot of time and thought into what they call themselves. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight the fact that teams at Rackspace generally give themselves pretty awesome (and sometimes very weird) names. Here’s the first round:
Ozone, by Paul Voccio
“The team name came about as we were trying to find something Cloud related since that was our product. Ozone was chosen because it abbreviated easily (o3) and wasn’t already taken.
“Most of the developers on the Ozone team are strong python developers with a background in systems engineering or networking. We’re a distributed team with concentrations in Blacksburg, San Antonio and San Francisco but have developers scattered across the US and even one in Canada. “
Thunderchats, by Chris Stapivic
“Email and Apps chat support started January 19th, 2009. After a very successful Pirate day at Datapoint, one of our guys decided our team name (at that time we were merged with the phone team) should be called “Jolly Rogers”. Once the Support Specialists were added to our team, we changed our name to “Auxed 9ers” which is the code used on phones when you were logged out to take chats. About a year later, we moved to the Castle and started thinking about team names for this wickedly awesome team. While Kris Workman, one of our veteran chatters, was in a heated conversation about the ThunderCats, Scott Chandler stood and goes, “Woah, did you just say ThunderChats?!” to which Kris replied, “No, but that’s a great name” and the rest is chat history!
“Just like the ThunderCats, we’re all totally different but have a deep passion for what we do. We have Lady Gaga lovers and video game enthusiasts as well as the best meme creators in town. A “typical” ThunderChatter isn’t typical at all outside of our fierce ability to multitask and rock out to 90′s music. We’re all quirky in our own way, and super dedicated to Email with an ability to adapt to change in a snap with a drop of “weird”. THUNDERCHATS ARE GO!”
Ott-ermen Empire, by Matthew Teehee
“The Ottoman Empire was one the the longest lasting empires in history, much like our team we will last just as long. At the height of its power it was known for its multinational and multilingual culture. Our team is composed of different likeness as well and we are here to ensure not only our success but the success of our peers and co-workers as a whole regardless of team title or support. The empire matured to a level that once it was official defect in the 1920′s much of the knowledge it had obtained through its rein was adopted in to the different nations it was broke in to. Much like our lead Ken Ott, we are not here to keep people in one spot, we want our people to mature and grow whether it be with us or with another teams and spread the knowledge that was gained in the time they were on our team. “