A year of work in progress – day 174

Day 174 – 14 October 2014

Today was supposed to be another strike day. It got called off, or rather postponed, at the last minute. Apparently there is a proposal on the table that is to be considered. Because of this I’d a few things in my diary that didn’t really make sense, things that I thought in all likelihood that I would have to rearrange. It was a day that I could have caught up. It seemed that I wasn’t the only one who had adopted this strategy as my suddenly my day was filled with people who clearly hadn’t expected to be here.

Last night’s AAP in Stanley didn’t go to plan. We are supposed to have two Heads of Service as a tag team. One does one month and the other does the next. I didn’t do September and so was down to do last night. Pam had even colour coded by diary with red the ones I should be at and grey those that my colleague would do.  I should have known something was up when I arrived to find my name badge missing but that of my opposite number proudly on display. Sure enough just as we were about to kick off she turned up. I agreed to do next month’s instead and hot footed it home.

This morning was about the work with Northumberland and accommodation. I’d managed to draft the two reports I’d started yesterday and so at least I had something to talk about. The problem with the accommodation process is that it can be as big or as small as we want. It could be about ICT in a new building or it could be about transformational change across the whole organisation. That’s where I get a bit stuck. I’ve said it before but in local government we try to solve everything and accommodation is a large elephant that we’re going to have to eat a slice at a time. Still, I got some useful comments.

After lunch we had the Core Group meeting. It’s been a few months since I attended this due to a clash of priorities and I wanted to get a feel for where we are with the application mapping. We’ve been working on this for several months now and have arrived at where we are. Integration issues and where we are going are still to be resolved. We also talked about the governance process and project management responsibilities and how we get our teams to live up to them.

Brian showed us a video demonstrating Lync but it needs to be seen working in the flesh.

Learning points for today: you can get a map of your face but you might have to pay for it; more than just me watches Strictly; in so many ways the private sector is no better; a turnip needs to be taken in context and; projects don’t get abandoned they just get re-profiled.

Today’s enjoyment rating 7/10 – nothing spectacular but managed to fill my day.

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