From the Director: Making Progress
The final report from "Team 2" is available on the Web: volume 1 and volume 2 (SLAC internal). I encourage you all to read it. It has lots of valuable insights. I particularly found volume 2 with all the back-up information fascinating reading! We are starting to work to incorporate the recommendations in our ongoing efforts to improve the organizational culture at the lab and you will be hearing more about this in future communications from our Chief Operations Officer, Sandy Merola.
However I want to take a moment to highlight progress that I am already seeing. We spend a lot of time being our own harshest critics and sometimes it is important to celebrate even the small victories and this week has offered me some wonderful examples to do that.
The progress is really very encouraging. And it supports what was probably the most important event for the lab this past week. At a conference in Ringberg Castle in Bavaria, the first LCLS science results received an enthusiastic reception!
The week of March 29 I'll be holding "work group" meetings with the entire lab. We will be organizing the meetings in smallish (40-80 person) groups by last name rather than work groups so that different parts of the lab can share views and concerns. This will be a good chance to talk about where we are going as a lab, how we are getting there, and how we can do better. I look forward to the chance to talk with all of you!