Weekly Braindump #3

Weekly Braindump is a curated list of things I’ve worked on, thought about, listened to or read during the last 7 days.

I’ve been working on…

  • Gave Map A List a go for the community asset mapping project. It takes addresses from a Google sheet and plots them on a Google map which can be embedded elsewhere. When new rows are added to the sheet, the pins on the map dynamically update. Without being able to spend a lot more time on it, this seems like a pretty workable solution.
  • Inched the test for the digital board papers ahead. Now have the document repository setup. Have asked my colleague to dump some previous board papers in there and see how workable it would be in reality (are there any unforeseen issues?). If that works, we’ll arm a couple of board members with the iPad app and do some user research.
  • It’s been an admin heavy catch up week — so lots of timesheets, tallying leave, checking in on helpdesk support etc. etc. I need to try and do this more regularly so it doesn’t build up into big (soul destroying) house keeping blocks.

I’ve been thinking about…

  • Lots of nudge behaviour stuff this week. We have new IT systems in place and despite having got out there really early with the messaging of what they were and what they did, I’m still seeing signs that it didn’t land. Some people remain resistant to making the leap. Need to reflect on the causes of that to avoid repeating the same mistake again.
  • Digital Services — if you want people to use them, design them so well they are the preferred option. Excellent point made at #LGGDS earlier this week.

I’ve been reading…

I’ve been listening to…

  • TED Audio Talk — Why you should know how much your co-worker is paid.

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