My administration team has lobbied to organize a real life meet up for team building and getting to know one another better. Based on where we are all located (and who said they are willing to travel), we decided on some place in the Midwest. There are about 20 of us and the plan is for one long weekend of get together time.
I have never done anything like this. I can probably handle the logistics of reserving a block of hotel rooms and a conference room. Other than that though, I'm at a loss. The team has said they'd like to go over site details, explicitly asking for future plans, rule consolidation and administration unity in rule enforcement. Unless I'm way off in my estimates, I think all of this can be covered in about 4-5 hours. I'm at a loss.
Right now my agenda looks like this:
- Introductions (many of us know each other only by our online names, so this is a way to get names to real names and faces)
- Overview of where the community has been
- Overview of where the community is going
- Rules (we have many, can we reduce some?)
- After meeting activity (go some place local - what this is depends on the city we select)
- Morning greetings
- Admin team unity (how we come across to the rest of the community is important, are we a unified team or do we have factions that are at war with one another?)
Those of you have have organized meetings for your admin teams, what types of topics have you discussed? Was it worth the face to face meetings or would a group Skype/Google Hangouts meeting have solved everything? I realize my team wants to 'have fun' together (many get along very well with each other online) and since I'd only be paying for my own ticket/hotel room I'm not out anything more than a short vacation for myself. But, I don't want the meeting to be a weekend of partying and we accomplish nothing. The community is large and depends on the admins and I feel this could be worthwhile, I just don't know what to do with all the time.