I have been with my current team and project for more than a year now. Last year when I started, there were only two in the team. I was the third member of the team. Things were crazy back then. We had strived, fought, improved, faltered, made mistakes and survived
HD has been the SPOC (Single Point of Contact) since the project started and he had done a wonderful job till now. The calm person between the three of us, he was our front man for meetings where we would lose the cool quite easily.
Now the team has increased to 6 people and is much stable. Things are in control and after stability, the team has to change to a prepared mode where surprises don’t affect the stability.
Our seniors thought it was time to rotate the SPOC role between the team. SPOC is not the team lead but more of a face for the team. Even with the changed SPOC, the team working would not change and decisions would be taken together.
As seniors, TA and I were the obvious choice for the role and the seniors were reluctant to make a choice.
TA and I had joined almost together. He was just 15 days senior to me. We had seen the worst of situations and worked in difficult conditions. Moreover we have been friends too. Yes! We do our professional differences but we have been friends first.
We both did not mind the other becoming the SPOC and we both did not mind taking responsibilities of SPOC. We just did not want to say “Yes” or “No” first. The situation was on the verge of getting into a hanging decision mode. It was becoming more and more awkward.
That’s when my senior, Amit decided to find an easy, faster solution. I was also thinking on the same line.
We decided to flip the coin. The decision was down to luck now. The next moment the coin was flipped while we called up head or tails. The coin flipped in TA favor and the decision taken.
It was an unusual way of deciding who is the right man for the job and it worked. The process was fair and simple without becoming difficult for the seniors and us too. Although I lost, I strangely did not feel any regret which seemed odd. Maybe I was not so ready to take the role myself and was happy with my current role.
If all decision were as simple as a flip of a coin!