After a disheartening result last week, this week isn't looking much better for our team, nothing much has improved and I think we are all feeling very demotivated towards Mike's Bikes. It's not that we aren't trying, if anything we are putting more effort into our individual decisions and our meetings are in fact getting longer. It's difficult to know what it is we are doing wrong, here is where this week's lecture comes in...
Peter introduced us to the idea of data collection and self monitoring as a successful method of achieving desired results in areas of life that have many variables to consider. The documentary we were showed really spoke to me as my mother has Crohn's disease and I see the stress and frustration she feels when she does everything she thinks should ease the symptoms but can't get any results. I liken this to the feeling my teammates and I are currently feeling towards the Mike's Bikes simulation where we struggle to see which variables are affecting us most.
Maybe we should take this concept on board and start to manage the behaviour of the team and what we were doing differently when we were successful at the start of the simulation in comparison to now. So the next step is to ask what we need to monitor, do we really need to monitor what we had for breakfast the day of decision making and how many hours sleep we had? Or would it be sufficient to compare hours spent on decision making and group time and Its correlation to overall success? We aren't doing as well as we were and we definitely need to change what we are doing, but should we accept the conditions of our market and change our strategy to suit, or should we pursue our original plan but put more time into maintenance and better decision-making?
I do definitely think the idea of monitoring every detail and potential variable that could affect our performance, however I think that at this stage in Mike's Bikes we are too far in to start such a time consuming exercise which could potentially hinder our coming decisions. I don't disagree with applying the concept to our team work, however I suggest we take on the idea partially by managing a few things that are likely to have the biggest impact on our performance.
In previous group experiences I have had more success in trusting in each others ideas and that we will all do our own parts rather than scrutinizing each other for their parts that we aren't specialised in ourselves. I really hope the good atmosphere and relationships we have as a team holds us together as we get our confidence back and climb back up to the top together rather than having to turn to micro-managing team decisions.