“Everybody is trying to do their best.”
New week, new adventure! We are doing Battleships as a web application this week with a new team! Enrique started off the morning with the above quote about working in teams. I thought it was really nice and decided to make that the quote of the day. His words inspired me to propose a team lunch to turn our new team members to get to know one another more personally.
Our lectures were on HTTP and HTML in the morning and afternoon, respectively, given by Enrique. We learned how the internet works in our HTTP lecture and it was pretty neat. Then we learned and that 99% of sites are horribly tagged with <div>’s and <spans>’s everywhere, which are useless and have no meaning, in our HTML lecture. Here’s what I think is the main caveat of HTML to take away:
Because we’re all now in new teams, I thought I should carry the learnings I’ve gained from my previous team experience to make Webdawgs (my new team’s name) even better than before. Nikesh also mentioned in his blog some great insight into some of the sources of tension that led to a breakdown in communication and love in teams:
In our cohort there is a divide on why people are here to do the course. Everyone has the same base reason and that is they want to Learn to Code, however many people will go back to university after this which means that they are not depending on the outcome and learning from this for their future careers as much as others who have quit their jobs and need this experience to be the best possible to change their career paths and continue in life, and sadly I think this is being reflected in peoples’ attitude to challenges.
So I proposed that we all go out for a team lunch of just the 5 of us (all other teams have 4 people) to turn these humanoid shells we’re supposed to work with into human beings with lives before, during, and after Makers, who have different motivations and goals. I forgot to take a photo of our lovely team lunch at great cafe Jamie suggested nearby, but a random wanted to take a photo of the back of my shirt and this is the best/only photo of the whole event I have right now.
The observant might notice I have my notebook and pen next to my plate.
The page on the left showed some plans on how we can keep the team organized, communication open, and team spirit high – Trello, HipChat team room, and a nice team name! The right are my notes on each of my team members’ motivations, what they are looking to gain from Makers, what their post-Makers plans are, what they think is important or not, and their frustrations and salvation, if any, from their previous team. Our team seem to have enjoyed the team lunch and found it useful, so I would highly recommend other teams trying this as well, to figure out what kind of team structure would work best for what everyone is looking for.
9PM – I’m getting kicked out again! Bye!