Retrospect #4 : Slowing it down

In the  last two weeks, our working process concerning our tasks within the team decelerated to a certain extent. The reason for this is simple:
In the first two weeks, everything about working on a blog and in a team was new to us. Therefore we had to discuss on every tiny aspect, invested more time in clarifying tasks, decided on little details etc. Everybody was excited about the new situation, sometimes we might have been a bit overextended and there were a lot of things (e.g. technical issues) that  we were confronted with. This is amongst others the reason for two weekly reviews in the first two weeks instead of just one entry.

At the point where we are now, our working atmosphere is more calm. Everybody knows now how to insert a post, create a tag, add a link etc. We all became accustomed to our roles within the team, fields of activity are clearly defined.

Now, we are in the Performing phase of our team development. We survived the norming and storming phase and are now at the highest point of productivity. At this moment, we are satisfied with what we have reached until now. This might have let to an increase in compliments about each other’s work e.g. have a look at the beautiful mindmap that janastaub did last week.

Thank you! You are great!

In this place, we would like to thank everyone that has complimented us on our blog.
 Let’s see some examples:

We are really happy that you frequently visit our blog and that you give some advices that can help us improve it. Those compliments encourage us to continue working as hard as we already do.

Blog posts of last week

ENERGY TURNAROUND PART II by Ferhat

After the interesting blog post The energy turnaround, Ferhat published his second post about this topic last week. By looking into the subject from a critical but never one-sided point of view, he succeeds in keeping us updated on this current and important issue.

WHAT ARE YOU WORTH? by Fenja

After having introduced the principle of value-pricing and timesheets in her last post, Fenja focused this week on what experts think about this issue. Does time equal money? What is our working time worth? Her well-structured and nicely written post provides the answer.

A SNAPSHOT OF MEXICAN BUSINESS CULTURE by janastaub

In her internationally oriented post, Johanna reveals the big influence that culture has on internal operations and business decisions. After giving general information about business culture, Johanna helps the reader to understand the topic by describing the concrete example of Mexican culture in business.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SEEING TEAM MEMBERS AS INDIVIDUALS by korinna

 Following her great series of blog posts concerning the big issue of team work, Korinna now wrote about the recognition of individuals within a team and its importance. When reading her post, you’ll get to know everything about individual backgrounds, personality and motivation. Her text is supported by well-chosen graphs and images.

SO YOU DIDN’T LEARN THIS AT SCHOOL?! WELL, HOW ABOUT THE NEXT GENERATION? by Alexandra

After introducing the topic of ICT in one of her former blog posts, Alexandra now asks the question: How will the application of ICT change with regards to the next generation? Have a look at it. You might learn something new as she further includes some programing tips at the end.

FROM HIGH-TECH LUXURY TO EVERDAY ITEM: THE SMARTPHONE by Nicole

In my recent blog post, I give the reader an introduction of the wide-spread field of smartphone progress that should form the basis of my next post. Is the smartphone generation the fastest spreading innovation in human history? Read my blog post to find out.

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