Forest adventure

Took these a couple of weeks ago at a local farm which has the coolest Forest Adventure. Love the different perspectives of the same obstacle, as my son refers to it.

Taken with my iPhone 5s; edited using VSCO Cam, applying the S4 filter and some specific tweaks.

Caught my wife a bit on the hop here :-) Similar to above, taken on my iPhone 5s; edited using VSCO Cam, applying the C2 filter with minor tweaks.


Three Billy Goats Gruff

Trying to make a habit of sharing a few more snaps.

No editing to this one apart from the cropping, taken using my iPhone 5s and the native camera app.

Cracking day out with one of my best mates and our boys. Just liked the shadows at play and how fresh the trees looked.

Getting my Kanban 101 badge

Over the past few weeks I’ve found myself losing control of my working environment somewhat. I think the reason for that has been twofold:

  1. Trying a new workflow which hasn’t really been working for me, relying solely on a CRM — I tried!
  2. I’ve been very busy personally, creating an outside space that my son deserves. The grass is growing as we speak and my bones ache :-)

Today, I had time to reflect and take stock on where I’m at. It also coincides with having just read my friend’s, Doug Belshaw, article on Trello Kanban. It’s not hugely different to how I used to work, the only difference being my choice of tool which was Wunderlist. But Doug is offering a Kanban 101 badge and I want one so I thought I’d give Trello another go…

I’ve gone with a very basic set-up to begin with and only have one board at the moment — focusing on work tasks. I’m not using it with team members at this stage – it’s just for my personal work load. I may broaden the scope of my board to include tasks outside of work but we’ll see.

My Trello board comprises four lists, in this order from left to right:

  1. On hold
  2. To do
  3. Doing
  4. Done

For me, it makes sense to have On hold at the beginning. I’m not really sure why but it just didn’t feel right in the middle of all the others. You can see an early snapshot of my board below.

A screenshot of my personal Trello board

My trello board – some of the tasks may not make sense unless you know the associated tag i.e. “Review progress and update overview” is in relation to managing my accounts (green).

In terms of style, I’m trying to start each task with a verb, write each task in sentence case and assign a relevant tag to each task. At the moment my tags aren’t very well defined so I’ll work on that. For me tags should be based on functions in relation to my role but I have a couple of extra ones in there at the moment. In terms of timescales I only ever set deadlines where necessary e.g. a submission deadline, otherwise I find them arbitrary and counter-productive. Something else I haven’t quite fathomed out yet is how many tasks I should be Doing at any one time. As I write this post I have five tasks in the Doing column, although that’s about to be four.

Now how do I get my badge?!?

Weeknote 9/2015

Pic of the week

My son has been so ill recently, as have the rest of the family. It was lovely to see him back into his reading. He’s been so tired of an evening he’s just crawled into his bed. No milk, no book, nothing daddy – haha.

My son, finally back into his reading!

What have I been up to?

It’s been a strange week. It’s been hectic but not a great deal to tell that would be of interest to anyone. Lots of organising travel, arranging meetings and preparing for future meetings. Perhaps of more interest will be the links below.

Things that caught my attention

Recipe of the week

Not quite the best ever but it was a pretty good macaroni and cheese!

Weeknote 8/2015

Pic of the week

Dad and son selfie

Mammy was away this weekend so things got messy!

What have I been up to?

As you may, or may not, know — last week’s weeknote was a little on the sombre side although it was the first poem I’ve written and made public. I’ve tried to catch-up on everything I missed out on in this post.

I attended Jisc DigiFest, helping out on the Digital Dream Wall where art students from Guildford College visualised attendees’ digital challenges and aspirations. There was a fantastic buzz around the place, if you couldn’t make it you can always catch-up with the recordings.

I was interviewed about Digital Leadership which will feed into a scoping report for Jisc. The discussion I had focused on what Jisc might be able to do, and for me I think it’s a bit of a no brainer. Simon Nelson (Futurelearn), at DigiFest, mentioned that they are being asked to run a course on digital skills. Every project I’ve been involved in, staff/student skills always comes up. I don’t understand why Jisc isn’t delivering this (maybe there are some conversations ongoing that I’m unaware of) but I think we have enough experience, background research, and contacts to make this happen. Let’s see what comes out of the scoping report.

Our team, Jisc North, held a team meeting at Leeds Beckett University to reflect on the first ten weeks in operation and plan for the next ten weeks ahead. It was also a great chance to meet new team members (we’ll soon be up to full strength), and an opportunity for sub-groups to share key information. I have to say that my new boss is doing an excellent job in bringing the team together — almost family-like which makes work an absolute pleasure.

We’re currently re-procuring the Yorkshire and the Humber regional network, currently in a consultation phase and so I sent out a request to all of my accounts in that region for information regarding their future requirements. We’ve had a positive response so far which has also resulted in a number of site visits being arranged.

I also had a couple of calls with colleges last week to introduce myself. It was interesting listening to their existing challenges and what they’re focusing on. Although there was a sense of need, in terms of what Jisc can offer, they struggled to answer the question “if Jisc could do anything for you, no restraints, what would that be?” I have a feeling that the Johari window model is going to be useful for Jisc Account Managers to bear in mind.

Things that caught my attention

Recipes of the week

Two recipes for you this week: