We started a tradition in our team of instead of having a normal “biscuit” tin, we took an old celebrations tin and filled it with yummy biscuits.
If you wanted a biscuit, it wasn’t a case of just grabbing the biscuit tin. No. Of course it wasn’t! You were entering into the “World of Celebrations” to receive some biscuitty goodness!
The World of Celebrations has been rather empty of late. There’s not been that much to celebrate with all of us going through the re-applying for our jobs process. Not particularly a nice thing to be experiencing.
But I’ve decided to at least try and boost the sugar levels of my team. The sugar high should give them something to smile about for a wee while ;-)
it’s in the oven, and the neeps and tatties are busy cooking!
Address To A Haggis
Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race! Aboon them a’ ye tak your place, Painch, tripe, or thairm: Weel are ye wordy o’ a grace As lang’s my arm.The groaning trencher there ye fill, Your hurdies like a distant hill, Your pin wad help to mend a mill In time o’ need, While thro’ your pores the dews distil Like amber bead.
His knife see rustic Labour dight, An’ cut you up wi’ ready sleight, Trenching your gushing entrails bright, Like ony ditch; And then, O what a glorious sight, Warm-reekin, rich!Then, horn for horn, they stretch an’ strive: Deil tak the hindmost! on they drive, Till a’ their weel-swall’d kytes belyve, Are bent lyke drums; Then auld Guidman, maist like to rive, "Bethankit!" ‘hums.Is there that owre his French ragout Or olio that wad staw a sow, Or fricassee wad mak her spew Wi’ perfect sconner, Looks down wi’ sneering, scornfu’ view On sic a dinner?Poor devil! see him ower his trash, As feckless as a wither’d rash, His spindle shank, a guid whip-lash, His nieve a nit; Thro’ bloody flood or field to dash, O how unfit!But mark the Rustic, haggis fed, The trembling earth resounds his tread. Clap in his walie nieve a blade, He’ll mak it whissle; An’ legs an’ arms, an’ heads will sned, Like taps o’ thrissle.Ye Pow’rs wha mak mankind your care, And dish them out their bill o’ fare, Auld Scotland wants nae skinking ware That jaups in luggies; But, if ye wish her gratefu’ prayer, Gie her a haggis!
Quite simply it’s the Government Communications Network.
This session and it’s the final session for me today is discussing and questioning;
- what next for the network? - what changes are going to be happening? - what are the challenges as communicators? - Wider challenges across the civil service - Wanting to share what works and what doesn’t work? - Do we open it to the public? - How do we get more out of this network? - What do the SCS expect or are willing to deal the levels of tolerance for failure? - What parts of COI should be shut down with the austerity measures? - Policy areas will have to get better at communication. Where is the push at making them become better in this area? - will the content will drive syndication out?
I’m not a comms professional but found this session very informative and interesting to an outsider to the comms world. And it’s going to be an interesting time for the GCN over these next few months….
"Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan”
Using the Scrum method in a 3 week period with the Product Master being the key person from the business (doesn’t need to be techie!) who really needs to be involved in this, and the Scrum Master who has the authority to direct people, priorities, resources etc.
Top lessons learnt using this method were; 1. No silos - everyone must buy in to Agile 2. Estimation is still important 3. Agile might not suit all dev projects 4. Sprints need dedicated resources 5. Don’t skimp on planning 6. Build multi-disciplinary teams 7. Nurture Collaberation
The waterfall method is good for “closed systems with no dependencies/little interaction.
Agile is good for when you can’t plan everything and when you will have more dependencies and interactions.
See and download the full gallery on posterousI’d caught the tail end of this session and had walked into a room of intense discussion, concentrated faces and lots of red arrows on the flip chart. What I did pick up on was the discussion around;
Publishing, disclaimers, copyright, creative commons, issues around these areas and my complete novice level understanding about this!
I kept quiet, listened and let the expert discuss and sometimes it felt like it could have got a wee bit heated at times!
Kudos to David for being the first lawyer to attend Gov Camp and making us aware that there seriously needs to be a conversation around these areas!
Listening to @marxculture explaining Skunkworks to a packed room. Standing room only.
Discussed was: The Innovation Hub, Skunkworks, Connecting business to the developers, fast agile development, making it easier breakdown the barriers, Solutions, capturing of ideas, business process innovation,
"Everything that is done, is real"
"You can’t bolt 21st Century technology onto 19th century Government"
"No skunkworks will succeed unless you can infiltrate and impact Local Government"
"We need to be aware of having different models, different mechanisms in place and not straight-jacket ideas"
Just managed to catch the tail end of the Alternative Vote session. I’d wandered in just in time to be the guinea pig for the group to try and explain & sell AV to me…
That’s what the picture was about, explaining AV to me via fruit.
The Strawberry won.
It failed. I was totally confused! But that’s the whole point in having these sessions, to flesh out ideas and find where the sticky issues are. The group wanted to continue the debate, but time ran out. However contact details were exchanged and I hope the debate will continue!
"We are serious about Open Source and are looking for opportunities to exploit Open Source where we can."
Topics discussed were: Digital Engagement, the Digital Agenda, Skunk works, Innovation Hub, doing things better, Open Source, Web rationalisation, Martha-Lane Fox, Direct Gov, common standards across Government Services, IT contracting, The Cloud, ERG, Investment
A whole vast range of issues and topics for Chris to get to grips with and drive the digital agenda forward in Government. Here’s hoping that he can also build on the dedication and enthusiasm of the people attending Gov Camp today!
we… The Public Sector should not bow down, or cow tow to the lowest common denominator journalism.
Let us strut our heads high and be the best that we can be. And those that choose to be arseholes… well… as the T-shirt says, and the sentiment says. Fuck you. Get over it, and move on. We’ve no time for your bullshit. We’ve got jobs to do and objectives to deliver. We aren’t chasing headlines, or the latest paparazzi gutter trash. Go peddle your trash shite elsewhere and how about trying to write a *real* story and do some properly investigated journalism instead of the lazy trash shite that we see strewn all over the old media.
Truth will out.Lets get back to be honest people without the threat of knifes in your back.
By 9pm I’m still waiting…. So, I drop a call into the “live chat support” on the Just Eat website http://www.just-eat.co.uk/ and get nothing at first.
I continue to sort out some mails, tweets, watch some TV and occasionally prod the live chat session and eventually get a response 23 minutes later (it’s a good job that I’m not absolutely starving at this point)…. to which when an operator does respond back to me he’s already got the “standard response” ready to cut and paste into the conversation after the very first sentence.
Hi, I’m still waiting on my order 7364467.. it’s been over an hour since I placed it… Sarah:
Errr… hello? Sarah:
Sorry for the delay getting back to you David A:
I apologise for this delay. Just-Eat is only responsible for forwarding the orders to the restaurants and has no control over the actual delivery and food quality as that is the restaurant’s responsibility. It is therefore best to contact the restaurant directly about these issues. You can find the restaurant’s phone number on the order receipt you get via email from Just-Eat. Sarah:
There is no phone number on the order receipt that was sent to me Sarah:
And I can’t say that I’m happy at the response David A:
Have you got the order number David A:
I can look into it David A:
wait, i see it David A:
one moment Sarah:
I placed the order 7364467 at 7:56pm… I was supposed to have it delivered by 20:45pm at the latest David A:
am calling them David A:
one moment, David A:
Sorry about that, Sarah:
What’s happened then? David A:
they apologize but they are very busy in the restaurant, they also accepted the wrong delivery time, David A:
Regardless, your food will be with you in about 10 minutes, I’ve asked them to throw in something extra for you as you’ve waited. Sarah:
Okay, thanks for sorting that out for me. David A:
apologies for the delay, David A:
Is there anything else at all that I can help you with for now? Sarah:
I don’t think so, hopefully my food will arrive soon and all will be well. Thanks for your intervention David A:
Thank you for using the Just Eat service. Goodbye and come back soon. David A:
any problems, get back in touch. Sarah:
I will thanks
Although I could have gone off on one, I’m not going to. It’s not the operator’s fault that my order has been “delayed”… Which I actually think that it’s been “lost/missed” but that’s just my own personal opinion.
So I’m polite to the guy. It’s not his fault, but the procedures for dealing with these sorts of problems clearly need looked at as this was hardly a satisfactory response.
At the time of writing this post, it’s now 21:45pm and there’s still no food arrived… I’m thinking that I’ll be going to bed hungry by this rate.