What's a good team
description of what each of these means
Specefic things to do
Seeking criticism is the most noble pursuit. Just like falsifiablity in science leads to something closer to the truth, seeking criticism leads to a better outcome. But it is hard.
- Seek other ideas _before_ you decide what you want to do! It can be just a quick message "I'm thinking about something that accomplishes X, what do you all think?"
- You might think it'll not lead to getting anything done, but once people know you have actually listened to them (as opposed to just reading a message and brushing it off), it's far, far more likely that you can get an agreement on something, even if not everyone is happy.
How to criticize
Template for messages:
- Say you'd like to consider other options
- Provide your analysis of current path. Explicitely recognize the good things about it.
- State how the end goal of the current path path is different from the end goal you would like. State advantages of your goal.
- Provide one example of a possible path to get to your goal.
(most important), ask for feedback and other ideas which might be able to get to your goal.
Remember, there are many paths that take you to the same end goal. Different paths may conflict, but different goals should not (as much). Speak in terms of goals more than paths, and allow our technical skills to find a path that reaches all goals.
- Both sides send this message:
Yearly team check
How should each team self-evaluate each year (and constantlny, too)
- Separate paths from goals.