A Wise man once said to me that blogging is a about the journey, not the destination so I’m trying to document this journey such as it is. It starts with a realisation which provoked a question, which led to some action.
For reasons unknown to even me, I was looking at the UCISA website whilst watching an interesting stream from the event held recently. Whilst browsing around the site I began to be curious about the organisation and started thinking about the structure of it; all the special interest groups and subsequent committees that Higher Education organisations seem to love. My curiosity coalesced around the question of how representative of the sector the organisation is.
In my previous blog post I explained how I’ve been logging my film watching with a google spreadsheet hooked up to some simple tools, now I’ll describe how I took that info and turned it into a visually appealing chart.
I watched a lot of films this year.
I’ve seen Ruth talk once before, when she talked about the fiendish sounding shadow DOM. Obviously some kind of mascohist, she attempted live demo of technology and was beset by technical glitches with the in-house projector. Whilst annoying, she pressed on and gave a really interesting introduction to MIDI, focusing on the ‘Digital Interface’ bit of the acronym.
I am very much an IT salaryman having been in-house for a *long* time so Nicholas’ talk about his journey to running his own agency wouldn’t seem to be that relevant to me, the talk worked nicely. Talks with a strong narrative thread are always nice to follow, and this had that.
Three very good talks about switching activities, making things and recruiting well.
Empathy. I liked Jack’s range around psychology and interactions with people, though it did meander a bit for more, which goes with the territory when talking about such an interconnected topic. Not to say I didn’t enjoy it, but perhaps covered TOO much.
Packed with useful and relevant info for work we’re doing in work right now, I really liked the balance of specific tips and broad principles. Lots to take away and work on.
Good reminder that efficiency isn’t the only thing to consider when doing good work.