I'M NO boxing expert, but numbers we can easily understand, right? And no number is more telling of Manny Pacquiao's dominance of Chris Algieri than the decision read after 12 one-sided rounds--119-103, 119-103, 120-102.
NESTHY Petecio dropped her final match to settle for the silver medal in the featherweight (57kgs) division of the AIBA World Women’s Amateur Boxing Championship held at the Jeju Island in South Korea.
A day after eliminating the defending gold medalist Tiara Brown of the USA in the semifinal round, Petecio failed to bring home the gold medal after losing to a taller Russian Zinaida Dobrynina after an eventful four rounds of boxing.
THE tankers of Cebu Normal University (CNU) displayed pool prowess to gain a slight edge over Bohol Island State University (Bisu) and nabbed the overall title in the swimming event of the States Colleges and Universities Athletic Association (Scuaa) Region 7 yesterday at the Cebu City Sports Center.
CNU garnered 433 points to take the overall swimming title plum, while Bisu settled for second place with 421, and the Cebu Technological University (CTU) harvested 299 points to round up the top three.
THE five-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCA) champions San Beda College doused the hopes of the University of San Carlos (USC) Warriors to make its first appearance in the 2014 Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL) championship after the Red Lions dominated with an 87-68 win over the Arellano University Chiefs on the last day of the Elite 8 elimination round yesterday.
WILL the victory of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao save Kia Sorento as it faces defending champion Purefoods Star Hotshots today in the 40th Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City?
The concept of official initiatives came out of lessons learned from the Drupal 7 development. We learned a lot from that and in a recent blog post about Drupal initiative leads, I recognized that we need to evolve our tools, our processes, and our organizational design. Others like Nathaniel Catchpole, Larry Garfield and Gábor Hojtsy have shared some of their thoughts already. One of the things I'm most proud of is that the Drupal community is always looking to improve and reinvent itself. Evolving is an important part of our culture. Each time it will get better, but still won't be perfect.
For me, one of the biggest take-aways (but not the only one) is that for an initiative to succeed, it needs to be supported by a team. An initiative needs to carry out a technical vision, plan the work, communicate with all stakeholders, mobilize volunteers, raise funding, organize sprints, and more. It can easily be more than one person can handle -- especially if it isn't your full-time job or if your initiative is complex.
More specifically, we have learned that the most successful initiatives appear to be run by teams that are self-managed; the team members collaborate in the development of the initiative, but also share both managerial and operational responsibilities like planning, coordinating, communicating, sprint organizing and more.
Because self-managed teams are both responsible for their outcomes and in control of their decision-making process, members of a self-managing team are usually more motivated than traditional hierarchical teams. This independence and greater responsibility are important in volunteer communities. Self-managed teams also build and maintain institutional knowledge. The outcome of their work is also more easily accepted by other stakeholders (like core committers) because they have already built a lot of consensus.
If I were to be an initiative lead, I'd feel strongly about building my own team rather than being handed a team. My initial assumption was that each initiative lead would build his/her own team. In hindsight, that was a mistake. Team building is not easy. It requires a time investment that can seem to compete with technical priorities. This is an important lesson and something we can do better going forward. Before making an initiative official, we have to make sure that each initiative has a good team and the support to be successful -- either we can help create a team, provide more coaching or formal training around team building, or we shouldn't designate the initiative official until such a team has coalesced.
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