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Weeknotes #171 — Celebrations

Beautiful rose-covered cottage in Langford, Oxfordshire

Beautiful rose-covered cottage in Langford, Oxfordshire

The Platinum Jubilee week here in the UK. Our traditional bank holiday on the last Monday of May was shifted for the special occasion, with another day off thrown in for good measure. I’m a republican (with a lower-case ‘r’), but I do appreciate a four-day weekend. It’s been lovely, and came at just the right time.

A week in which I:

  • Followed up with the long-running project to replace a door access system in one of our offices, giving more context to the new contacts at our vendor that have taken over our account.
  • Reviewed more CVs for my Agile Coach/Product Manager role.
  • Took part in our quarterly Architecture Governance Authority meeting, a short one as we only had previous actions to review. Had a great discussion about participating in the broader forums that run within the wider organisation and resolved to take part.
  • The next day, joined one of our Architecture forums and tried to contribute as much as I could in the meeting. I came to a realisation that behaviour of people in online meetings may be partly behind a drive to get people back into the office.
  • Met with our Legal and Procurement teams to agree next steps on a couple of vendor contracts.
  • Agreed a strategy to progress the concept of us ‘moving up the stack’ as an IT/Engineering team. We have a number of meetings with senior stakeholders in June, and I’ll be picking up a stream on ‘Digital Literacy’.
  • Updated the user guide for our Teams telephony voice recording system. Added instructions on how to share voice recordings in a safer way by stopping them from being downloaded.
  • Watched the team deal with network performance issues at one of our sites. They managed to get it back to a good level of performance, but we still have work to do to understand the detail behind what happened.
  • Collaborated with a colleague on our audio/visual vision document for our largest office. We wrote the document months ago and it has been an interesting exercise to see how the vision has shifted with the collective experience of being back in the office.
  • Reflected further on what makes a good, or poor, client/vendor relationship. Submitting a termination request only to be told that you are too late and the contract will automatically roll over for a further term, for a service you no longer use, then telling you the termination request was wrong so the ‘ticket’ will be closed, falls squarely in the ‘poor’ bucket. It doesn’t do a lot for a company’s net promoter score.
  • Enjoyed our weekly Learning Hour meeting on the topic of Product Management.
  • Watched most of the new series of Stranger Things on Netflix. This time around it feels like three or four stories in one; it’ll be interesting to see how it all comes together.
  • Travelled to Langford in Oxfordshire for my wife’s mum’s birthday. We had a good meal at The Bell Inn before going for a wander around the village.
Spotted these birds hanging around someone’s garden gate in Langford

Spotted these birds hanging around someone’s garden gate in Langford

  • Got a couple of good bike rides in. I did the weekly club ride on my own a day early, and then rode down to Romsey in Hampshire on Saturday. I’m definitely feeling ‘match fit’ at the moment, particularly as I’m managing to go for an occasional run as well.
It’s still a thrill to look at a map after a cycle ride and see how far I managed to go.

It’s still a thrill to look at a map after a cycle ride and see how far I managed to go.

  • Had a wonderful time in Romsey at my uncle’s 70th birthday party. The weather held off so we could enjoy ourselves outside in the garden. There is never enough time to speak to everyone. I do love a family get-together.
Live birthday entertainment

Live birthday entertainment

Street party, complete with ice cream van

Street party, complete with ice cream van

Next week: Back to business with a bump, school governor duties, a night out at a gig and a cycling adventure.

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