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Miles River Pulse

April 13, 2017 – May 12, 2017

How might we...

  • How might Miles River stay in alignment with each other and our work?


If Miles River meets for 30 minutes weekly, then everyone on Miles River will have enough alignment to move forward with our work.


Have weekly 30 minute phone calls to discuss a pressing question for the week for 4 weeks with the Miles River team. Alison will determine what the pressing question is with input from Miles River and facilitate discussion.


As a checkout to the call, ask everyone:
  • Did this call provide the right amount of alignment for our work to move forward?
Failure: More than one Miles River team member feels that these calls added nothing to their alignment with the rest of the group or the work.


There was value in our weekly connection. Short 30 minutes calls were enough for a feeling of connection. This was a space that we left open for emergence, in terms of not planning the agenda in advance and letting the most pressing topics emerge.   The calls were stimulating and generative for the most part. People also found them comforting as a regular time for connection.


Do another iteration of 4 Pulse Calls.


Would calls continue to be generative if we did them regularly and they became a habit? What do we do with bigger issues that are opened up that we cover in 30 minutes? What was it about the content, a consistent line of inquiry versus an emergent topic? How would we better gauge our alignment? What comes out of the connection? How do we tell if the time spent on these calls is valuable given the time we're committing to them? How  does attendance impact the usefulness of calls, is there a quorum to make it useful?


  1. We had our second #pulse call today with Miles River. We tested our alignment around what we mean when we talk about porosity within the STP Network. In checkouts today and last week, there was agreement of improved alignment after the call.

  2. Feedback from Alison on Slack:

    I understand your metrics, but what will success be for this experiment versus failure? is the goal not to have repeat questions or is it that if there are repeaters that means it has more strategic importance? Also is the idea that the score differential would decrease over the week? Finally, I’d love to see the lists of questions, will those be kept in the data section?

    I feel like our #Pulse call could look at one of these questions this week or in the future.

    My response:

    Yes, the idea is that the score differential would decrease over the week. I’ll update the experiment to clarify this. Jodie Jepoardy will definitely help us understand how to better assess strategic muscles.

    Re: Repeaters. I’m not sure yet how to interpret repeat questions yet, so I’ll track, but no implied success metrics yet. One scenario is that repeated questions _and_ answers is a sign that this exercise is working, because the question is clearly occupying (and perhaps confusing or stressing out) @jodie’s mind, but she keeps coming back to the same answer. Another scenario is that the question keeps coming up, but Jodie keeps coming up with different, possibly diverging answers, which might be an indication that she’s working through possibilities or that she’s flip-flopping. Too soon to tell, so just want to observe and see.

    We’ll track this exercise in our usual meeting log, so you’ll be able to follow Jodie’s questions and answers there. As I synthesize, I’ll make that available somewhere as well.


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Accountable Alison
Team Alison, Jodie, Eugene, Idelisse, Julia = Miles River
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Modified May 16, 2017
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