I continue insisting that:
- coaching and team building processes need to be prepared with the due time to identify the concrete problems that are there to solve. It usually also requires (previously prepared) follow-up to have any effect and avoid that actually backlash occurs
- the only thing that makes sense to do in the time available and with the composition of team we have (at least one external, while one main internal person not being there) is to work on things we have already collectively decided to do
For the first point, I have to add that I don’t feel willing to take part in a coaching where we don’t have a preparation period with the coach. Not to mention a collective reflection from which we depart and inform the coach of the situation. And please note that I also will already be in a a coaching process on the 6th - being prepared over a month in advance - with follow-up and implementation on the 7th and 8th, so the timing would also be awful for me.
Coming to my understanding - and the push for the proposal of this 2 weeks as work session (point 2): for me, at the moment, the major blockage to team building and a sane work for all is still that we work too little together and there is no communication. That was, in the first place, the idea of rushing into this 2-weeks working session: to get our working plan moving forward and settle on fundamental agreements, such as that of deciding on a geodatabase, so that an API can start being built over it.
And the example of how this proposal comes to exist is for me representative of precisely the lack of a convergence space, practice, working times. As I understand, @alabaeye and @almereyda talked about the issues and came up with this idea, while @species @gandhiano and @josefkreitmayer talked about these same issues (on a standup) and came up with the working session idea.
We have managed to agree on a common working period of 2 weeks. I would not be happy with getting rid of it again now with a last minute proposal to change. This is not just about rushing, it is also about team building, by the action of first coming together and engaging in collaboration.
My proposal is, if you think it’s impossible to sit down and work before a coaching, that we cancel this working session in Witzenhausen and schedule the coaching for the weekend, wherever it costs less. I would be very unhappy (because I spent time discussing about it on the standups and clarifying dates/contracting with @maxlath for it) and very insecure regarding the future of the team and the capacity to comply with CHEST and SSEDAS. Packing it in the middle of it will only lead to frustration and potential emergence of further conflicts, effectively blocking the second week. From my knowledge of our team, I evaluate this risk as being too high, not because we like to fight with each other, but because we suffer from dispersion and lack of focus.
Lets please decide for one or another, but not both.