Create a highly innovative team

How to get Deep Work done through a Virtual Cave

The Aim



  1. In advance, the Facilitator schedules a two-hour ‘Virtual Cave’ meeting in their teammates’ diaries (ideally, no more than 10 participants in one cave). Participation is encouraged but optional.
  2. Each team member should bring 1-3 tasks they can work on independently but alongside fellow team members. These might be tasks you’ve been putting off for a while or Deep work (cognitively demanding) tasks that you’d like to complete during this time.
  3. The Facilitator begins the cave by asking all attendees to share what they plan to work on and achieve during the time.
  4. Start the first ~45min ‘sprint’. Each team member works solo on mute but can unmute and ask the group a question at any time.
  5. At the halfway mark, take a 5-minute energy break.
  6. Before shifting into the second ~45-minute sprint, allow for a brief progress update and some general chit-chat.
  7. After the allocated time, close the cave and book the next one! At Inventium, we have caves scheduled twice a week. One cave is in the morning and generally reserved for Deep work and the second cave is in the afternoon towards the end of the week and reserved for Shallow work.
  8. While caves were originally designed around doing Deep work, if you’re working remotely, you can also experiment with running Shallow work caves for more social working time.

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