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Since most of us are away on engagements, we don’t always get to see
each other a lot. We feel that it is important for us as a team to
spend time together to bond, learn and inspire each other. If we’re
going to spend time together we need to make sure this is done in a
meaningful manner because time is a commodity that should be well
spent. This page explains a few of the things we’re doing to achieve
this.

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# Doing OD-day work
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At OlinData we have the 20% [policy](./20percent.md) , which allows
you discretionary time to spend on things that are valuable to your
professional development, the company or otherwise. Unless the nature
of this work prevents you from doing so, we’d like you to do your
OD-day work at the office. By doing this we hope to create an
atmosphere where people can easily collaborate and ask each other for
help while building a team feeling by being physically in the same
space.
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# Knowledge sharing
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We are an incredibly diverse and highly experienced team. While on
assignment, and during our OD-days we learn, and create amazing
things. To inspire and teach each other we will organize a sharing
activity every week. We all have something to share! So everyone is
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required to present something once every cycle.

The schedule is managed in this shared google calendar:

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=olindata.com_al1t8ln0iqmolkkd9diqi4jm3c%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=Europe%2FAmsterdam

In preparation of this event we'd like you to come up with a subject
at least a week in advance. If you have any trouble thinking of
something, or need help preparing a talk don’t hesitate to ask for
help from any of your colleagues. There aren’t much restrictions to
what you can present, but the talk should preferably be at least 15
minutes unless there is good reason not to. A good session should take
30-45 minutes in total, with a maximum of an hour.
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# Weekly overview
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As a company, we are growing there is more- and more going on in the
company every month. While we are at assignments it is hard to keep
track of what everyone is working on and what we are achieving as a
company. With so much going on, it is easy to miss out on learning
moments and things to celebrate. To increase transparency within the
company and create a shared feeling of progress we are having a weekly
company overview.Even though initially this might sound boring, that
is the opposite of what we want to achieve.

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## Standup
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To ensure that we spend our time effectively we should keep the
conversation short- and to the point. A tool that we could benefit
from greatly is the standup form. By having a standup that is limited
to a maximum of 15 minutes we are forced to focus on what’s important.
During this stand up everyone has a short timespan to talk about what
they’ve achieved since the last time; What they are going to do, and
anything that is hindering them from achieving their goal. This can be
anything:

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 - Something you’re working on at a client.
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 - What you’re working on during your OD-day.
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 - What you’re trying to learn.
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 - Some internal project.
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 - Anything you find relevant.

Keep in mind that we have a total of 15 minutes, so asking a question
is fine, but if this goes too far in depth you will be asked to
discuss it after the meeting.
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## Celebrating achievements
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By beginning the process of talking about what we’re doing and
achieving in- and for the company, we will discover many reasons for
celebration. Be it big- or small! We should come up with a way to
celebrate our victories, let’s come up with something together!
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# Shared lunches
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> There is little man bonds over more, than having a shared meal

Jonah, 2018

If we’re in the office together at the same time, we might as well
have lunch together. Groceries are bought on Wednesday, so if you’re
not going to be in on Friday, please let us know before then.
Otherwise we’re assuming that you’ll be there. If you have any food
allergies or preferences please let us know before than so we can take
these into account.
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# Being present
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We assume everyone to be there on Fridays, but if you can’t make it
this is totally fine. We do expect this to be for good reason. We’re
all responsible adults, so we trust you to make the right decision. It
is important that you communicate your availability if you’re not
coming.