Weeknotes #59 — Moving

A week in which I…

  • Did very little other than client work, with quite a few late evenings in London.
  • Helped my client move into their new office space. It is beautiful, and people seem to really appreciate the new space and facilities. The technology we have put in through the programme I have been running has allowed staff to get up and move around the office for ‘activity-based working’, and this is further enabled by the different types of space in the office. There are sitting desks, standing desks, single-person soundproof pods, two-person meeting rooms, collaboration desks, and a large communal space with plenty of technology such as a Surface Hub and a big presentation screen. The office is now completely Wi-Fi enabled and all of our desk screens use USB-C, so staff can pick up their laptops and headsets, and plug in with one cable wherever they need to.
  • Held my head in my hands as the keyboards, mice and dongles that were meant to be at each desk became separated from each other during the move. The Microsoft Wireless Desktop 900 model doesn’t allow you to re-pair the devices with different dongles so we ended up with lots of devices that we need to try and match together. It was like trying to pair up socks for people with three feet after having spread the washing across multiple launderettes. One of the team looked like a hurried Rick Wakeman at his 1970s peak as he ‘played’ each keyboard in an attempt to match them dongle by dongle. Sadly, we now have a cupboard full of wireless junk until somebody gets some more time to try pairing them up again. We’ll now be (a) labelling the three elements of each device and (b) looking at buying a different model in the future, one that can be re-paired if it gets separated from its partners.

  • Marvelled that the keyboard and mouse issue was the biggest problem we had. There had been so much IT work in the background to make the move a success that we breathed a sigh of relief when things went well. The first week in the new space went by in a flash and everyone felt like they had been working there for a very long time after just a few days.
  • Closed out on a couple of snagging items for the Dubai office. The technology there is now completely independent from our previous vendor, and run by us, paving the way for them to decommission all of the old equipment over the next couple of weeks.
  • Tried to delegate as much as I could so that I can continue to focus on the bigger aspects of the main programme. We still have many small projects in the sites where we have already gone live so pulling people in to help is going to be key to getting it all done.
  • Confirmed our rollout schedule for the New York office, and booked up my travel.
  • Watched as lots of people in the team were out sick on various days. There seems to be something (or some things) going around at the moment. I felt like I was catching a bug as the end of the week approached and it stuck with me throughout the weekend. Hopefully it will go before it gets any worse.
  • Spent quite a few hours getting up-to-date with some of my school governor work, ahead of a Finance Committee meeting on Monday evening. It reminded me that to do it justice it really takes one or two days every week, particularly if your want to do more than the bare minimum. I’ve been struggling to prioritise it over the past year or so with so much going on at work, and it felt good to get a few things out of the way.
  • Watched Catch Me If You Can with the family. I’d missed the film when it first came out nearly 20 years ago (!) and it really holds up. Amazing story, even more so that it really happened.
  • Caught up with the first two episodes of Star Trek: Picard. My boys and I think it’s brilliant already. It’s a bit shocking to see how much Patrick Stewart has aged in 18 years when they seem to have gone by in a flash.

Next week: More chasing of vendors for quotes, deliveries and installations, with focus shifting to Brazil. A school governor meeting. And seeing the Smoke Fairies with a friend.

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