Well I have been working on the project roles and responsibilities and have got most of them on the forum now, just waiting on some of the non-core roles to come back to me before they can be published to the rest of the team. The forum has been quiet but I am hoping with the addition of a number of documents and planning the next meeting with the SMWG there will be a bit more activity. I think this is one of those tools that will take a while to be picked up and used.

It’s a bit strange as I am used to doing the admin work myself (like sorting out meetings) but this time I am handing control of my diary etc to someone else. This did not stop me writing notes at the first partner meeting last week as our administrator has only just started and it can be a bit over whelming at the start to know all the bits and pieces. I am sure as the project moves forward she will get the hang of all the acronyms!

Along with everything else I am immersing myself in an Agile Project Management book I have bought myself, and am going to  be attending a Programme Management training event being run by JISC Info Net – along with the Technical Manager (Sam). This is because after discussions with Sam and JISC it is clear that this project is kind of, but not quite, a programme rather than a project. We are also looking at Scrumdesk to help with managing the project, it looks quite complex at the moment but I am sure I will get the hang of it!


“Happy Days!”

Just back from for the Curriculum Design Programme, two great days down in Oxford. As I mentioned in an earlier blog we were thrown back to the 70’s with the use of TV show titles to lead us into sessions, and all of us sitting on beanbags when we all got together. This was a great icebreaker that got me talking to those around me much more than if we had the same old chairs. It was a good thing we were warned to wear jeans and tshirts. I think everyone got our artifact after we did the 2 min Project TV Show pitch in Turn On, Tune In. I will have to admit to really struggling on working out the other projects aftifacts.

I will write about the sessions (and put a few photos up of Mark sitting on a bean bag) on the main site as I think some of the outputs are worth recording more formally than on this blog. I would just like to say Thanks to JISC for all their hard work. The sessions during the day were, mostly, very informative, and the evenings Generation game was good fun (even if we did come second to last I gained a new skill of plate spinning). I will confess to going in 70’s gear in the end – I could not resist. I think next time things like the News round could be online, that way I could have got a slightly better swim in between that and Meet the Family. Still I have come away with a lot more understanding of the different projects and feel part of a great cluster group consisting of Our Friends in the North.

Getting ready for programme meeting

Working hard at the moment for the programme meeting next week. It is a bit different from the usual meetings I have been to, and I have been working on turning the project into a TV show, and thinking about the artifact I should be taking to represent the project (thanks Mark for the suggestion). It all seems like good fun, although I won’t be dressing 70’s style for the evening dinner! (Well unless I get to the shops this weekend :))

Plus I have emailed the SMWG with information on how to access the blog and forum linked to the project, so far we have a few good members who have registered on the forum, and a lot more who haven’t. It will be interesting to see if the forum catches on, especially as it is used to store project documentation including the handouts from the meetings. I have also started a discussion in the SMWG on the issue of Identity management.