[EWCP] 10-16-11 Cast - Building a Sustainable Team

This week the EWCP guys have decided to do a cast on how to build a sustainable team. We plan on talking about how you can prepare in the offseason and what is important to focus on. Additionally we will discuss sustainable robot design and construction. As a bonus topic we will have a short segment about how to bring the “Green” movement into your robotics program and maybe make a little green in the process.

Show notes are available here.

We welcome any comments and suggestions. If you would like to see something added to our agenda let me know here.

Hey, maybe I should show up to this one! :wink:

At Shaker, we’ve been doing a ton to restructure our team this year. I’ll be happy to share what we’ve accomplished with hard work.

I’m looking forward to taking part in this cast. I hope I have some usable information to share.


Is there such a thing as a pulse/rythmn to the life cycle of a team? For example

1st year - awesome
2nd year - find out you are not really awesome
3rd year - Realize your doomed if you don’t do something
4th year - Barely made it
5th year - team begins to rebuild
6th year - … well you get the idea.

What time is this going to go down?

Wow! I never realized that, but it makes perfect sense. Our team followed the trend; 1st year - awesome, 2nd year - wish this was like the 1st year, 3rd year - maybe we aren’t cut out for this. Unfortunately we didn’t make it past the 3rd year, but I can only imagine that the 4th year is the hardest — likely most of the original students are gone at this point.

Gosh dangit. I’ll get the hang of this down eventually (or write a template)

The show is a 9pm (EST)

The cast should start on time this week. Unlike previous casts, the first 15 minutes will not be Dustin giggling like a school girl.

That’s my favorite part of the casts. On a serious note, we should just record Dustin giggling like a school girl and offer it as a ringtone.

I can haz for my ringtone?

Cast will be live at http://www.talkshoe.com/tc/98466

Had a blast doing the cast tonight.

The recording will be up soon.

Did the show actually stay on topic?

If the topic was Dustin giggling… yes. Yes it did.

He brought up team 25 which brought up memories of losing to them all the time, so I just suppressed the last two hours of my memory.

Stayed on topic surprisingly well! All of the last 3 casts have stayed under an hour, which has been nice. Nice and informative as usual, too.

We are trying. We have the show notes we are working off of to keep ourselves on task.

Again, the show notes (when we do them) are available at http://goo.gl/L2Syu

One hundred thousand percent correct. IMHO, the focus should be on helping the teams in years 3-4 as much as rookie teams. There are definite doldrums in those formative years.

Cast is available for download at http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-98466/TS-548226.mp3

Or for streaming at: http://www.talkshoe.com/talkshoe/web/audioPop.jsp?episodeId=548226&cmd=apop