Whew! It seems we are near the pinnacle of effort for our assignment here in Da Nang. Today started early and finished late, with quite a bit of work in between. As I have indicated, our team has been working collaboratively but relatively independently on three separate work-streams: water management, transportation, and food safety. Today was the day where we began the task of really coming back together as a single team to build a consolidated and consistent set of recommendations to present to the city leaders. But I'm getting ahead of myself – we did this over dinner and afterwards.
The food safety team's day began with another revision of our findings, recommendations, and roadmap. There is a famous quote which really summarizes where we are:
To get to the essence of our recommendations takes time and energy to really distill the ideas and describe their value succinctly. We had the opportunity to discuss our progress and recommendations with the Department of Health in the afternoon, and so getting ready for this was our primary objective for the morning.
Our afternoon was spent in a very productive meeting with the Department of Health. In this meeting we reviewed our progress to date, tested our recommendations with the department leads, and gathered their comments and suggestions. We then factored this into our discussions with the rest of the team.
This evening, the team combined all of the individual recommendations and then assessed the combined list. Interestingly, the independent work which the teams had done resulted in a quite sensible prioritization of recommendations which we were able to segment into four roughly equal tiers. In each tier is a balanced set of recommendations covering each of the three focus areas. With this put together, we're well positioned to build our combined presentation for tomorrow's first review.
Tomorrow will be another busy day. Formulation of our first combined presentation in the morning, translation of that presentation in the late morning and early afternoon, and then a first meeting with city leaders to present our findings and recommendations later in the afternoon. It is really exciting to see how much the group has been able to accomplish in the short time we have spent here. There is much still to be done, but we all feel quite pleased with our results so far.