Well, (my) Fall 07 courses have been open for a week. This is a particularly stressful time, as no sooner does one get something up only to find an error or update is needed. I probably would feel more confident if there had been time for more than a cursory review, but alas, time is fleeting. As one of my designers notes, a course is never done; it is only due.
And yet, as much as I don’t mind the shoot-from-the-hip adaptability, I do know that the longer I am kept at that pace, the more error and oversight gets introduced to the course. I wonder how we might change traditional work flow that has been handed down from slower, less hectic times, so that it is team centric, rather than solely an individual’s responsibility. How do we gently pass the course off to the next person in the process, that blood and sweat equity that has so much intrinsic value, and reassure the individual that ownership is a priority for the entire team, rather than just an individual?
I don’t think there are any easy answers; but if someone doesn’t ask the questions, how do we even begin to identify those things that don’t work? I want to be proud of the work I do, and want it to be outstanding rather than merely passable. When everything hits me at the last minute, I am hard pressed with that kind of quantity to have any real quality. That makes all of us look less professional, and that is a very erroneous appearance. This is a great crew to work with; it’s the work flow that… doesn’t.