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Weeknotes #140 — Prophesy

My youngest son finished his COVID-19 isolation on Tuesday, so I was back in the office on Wednesday and Thursday. The family enjoyed having time off of school and work due to half term. The week wiped me out, but the terrible weather meant that I got to have two lie-ins on Saturday and Sunday; I couldn’t face going out cycling in torrential rain on Saturday, and the kids’ football was cancelled on Sunday. I feel wonderfully rested ahead of another busy week.

The trains are getting much busier now, and the journey home during rush hour seemed like a return to normal passenger volume, with no seats available.

This was a week in which I:

  • Agreed with the internal and external teams that the latest iteration of our network topology will be the one we use for the final site in our programme, before going back and implementing this updated design on the sites we have already covered.
  • Reviewed a draft service agreement for monitoring and maintenance of our IT infrastructure in the latest office that we completed our build. Only one more to go, hopefully by the end of this year.
  • Met with a potential new vendor to help us with a physical door access project. Reviewed a draft proposal that they put together following our meeting.
  • Reviewed a draft project proposal for software to control our in-office TVs.
  • Reviewed a written proposal for implementing RADIUS controllers across our sites.
  • Collaborated on preparing for a presentation I need to give next Friday as part of our big group programme. I have all of the notes and now need to prioritise bringing a draft to life in the next couple of days.
  • Took part in one of the steering committees for the big group programme, as well as a regular funding meeting.
  • Joined a discussion with our Legal team on software to manage contracts and other legal documents.
  • Ran one of our bi-weekly change approval board meetings, stepping in due to absences in the team.
  • Took part in a monthly Kanban board review with our Governance and Control team.
  • Gave a talk to our internal team on various ‘typography tidbits’ that I have picked up over the years, such as the history behind certain characters and how to use interrobangs, en-dashes, em-dashes, non-breaking and zero-width spaces.
  • Joined an online ‘town hall’ at the start of the week to hear from three of our senior leaders.
  • Had another useful one-on-one session with an external coach. I’m wrestling with how I can ‘plant a flag’ when my interests are broad and general. I have no idea how to pitch myself or what I do, but it seems important to try and do this.
  • Spent time thinking and discussing how that we can plant our flag as a team. I have some ideas, but I don’t have the bandwidth to spend enough time on them right now. Started reading A Seat At The Table by Mark Schwartz to see if there is anything there that an help.
  • Enjoyed two Album Clubs in successive evenings. The first with three colleagues from work, listening to Prophesy by Nitin Sawhney. The second was our regular Club, revisiting Achtung Baby by U2. Sitting down and focusing on listening to music is so wonderful, and it’s great to have these dedicated, regular spaces to do it.

  • Enjoyed an impromptu Sunday lunch out with my family at Rosanna’s in Berkhamsted. Avocado chilli sourdough toast with poached eggs was just what the doctor ordered.

  • Had a ton of children come trick-or-treating to our door. My wife had perfectly judged the amount of sweets to buy, and we ended up with just a couple left.
  • Subscribed to NOW TV in order to watch series three of Succession. Our TV subscriptions have multiplied over recent weeks and we’ll need to cull them again once we’ve finished watching our current favourite shows. Ted Lasso and the 11th season of Curb Your Enthusiasm are keeping us busy.

Next week: Another hybrid week juggling a couple of days in the office with a need to get some work out of the door by Thursday.

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