Week 6

Lean, workshops, Mind the Product and crushing skulls
February 9, 2020

🎧 Here's the music I've been listening to this week.

πŸ“– startedΒ Building Successful Communities of PracticeΒ by Emily Webber. Been working with communities of practice since I've been at the Co-op, but haven't read the theory.

πŸƒπŸ½β€β™‚οΈhad a run on Sunday and properly did my knee in. I've been in pain all week, but the physio said it's nothing to be worried about. As a result, I've done no running or weights. Back on the recovery next week.

πŸ§˜πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ one morning of meditation. Generally felt good all week apart from imposter syndrome wrecking my head during the workshop.

πŸš€πŸ‘ˆ goals this week:

  1. plan for strategy workshop next week βœ…
  2. make sure peeps are comfortable with what's next for the trial :meh:
  3. define design team structure with the rest of the principals - agree on job descriptions πŸ›‘

πŸš€πŸ‘‰ goals next week:

  1. set up the team for next steps on trial
  2. think about digital research with insight
  3. digitise maps from identity workshop

πŸ—Ί spent most of the week preparing for a workshop I set up. The idea was to get 4 product teams in a room talking about login flows. One team are working on and 'owning' the login. They're heads down, working with the e-commerce team to deliver our first proof of concept, whilst dealing with an ongoing security threat. I see this as an opportunity to carry on Katherines Future UX work and The One Co-op Online vision we've been talking about for years. Login unlocks value for other teams too. Getting them in a room to share knowledge and map their desired login flows was good. I've set up a regular 'community of interest' around log in and account to keep us talking and accountable. I'll digitise the maps next week to tie it all together and make sure we're not duplicating work.

πŸ• on Monday a bunch of us went on a lean six sigma course. Super interesting. More exciting stuff on the horizon for Co-op. I feel that Co-op Digital lives in the lean space already, so not much newness there. But I can't see how he'll fit into a six sigma world, or any flavour of agile would.

πŸ’Ό Friday I was volunteering at Mind the Product. I'm writing blogs for 'creating cognitively diverse teams', 'the GIST framework', 'in my humble opinion' and 'your product leadership scorecard'. 4 great talks. I enjoyed the whole day and it opened my eyes on some things I've not thought of. Specifically, John Cutler and Rakhi Rajani. John spoke about how companies are always looking at what other companies are doing and how they're trying to make other companies methods fit in their org. 'We've seen xyz do this, can you help us do that' they say to John. But John knows well that company xyz isn't as healthy as they seem. Rakhi spoke about gathering people with different mindsets around problems rather than job roles. Blog posts incoming πŸ˜‰

πŸ‰ work D&D kicked off finally! We had 3 people drop out but I was determined to carry on with 2. Debbie took Neils barbarian and Charles carried on with Amryn, the half-elf ranger. Debbie, who usually plays Druids or other arcane natured characters, really got into the barbarian. Amryn tried to strategise himself out of a fight and many death saves later let the barbarian crush some skulls which saved the day. There is a time and place brute force to get you out of trouble. Only having 2 people at the table was surprisingly fun.

πŸ‘‹ hope you had a great weekend