Actions speak louder than words

18 02 2013

Today has been all about making lists, and lists within lists!  It is at this point I was going to name the title of this blog ‘Making a list, and checking it twice’, but then I realised I REALLY can’t use ANOTHER Christmas reference!  The blog post last week was about advent calendars combined with the fact that we are in February! #OutOfSeason So, I have opted for the idiom: ‘Actions speak louder than words’.  This saying is so true, but to get to the actions you need to know what you have to do.  Therefore, today I decided to create some lists, in fact a total of 11 lists (yes 11!  I checked it twice!).  We have 39 days left (this includes weekends as it sounds better than saying 29 working days!) and we really need to focus on getting all our outputs/deliverables completed, JISC report finished (and including all comments that the team has said along the way ‘oh we could include that in the final report’), finalising our XCRI-CAP feed, project board papers, spec-ing meetings, preparation for the AUA conference to name just a few!  Oh and handover, so that everything is archived and all passwords are known on my departure 😦 Actually, I know I might seem quite negative with my 11 lists, implying we have tonnes to do, but in all seriousness, breaking it down and actually seeing what we have got to do before 29th March doesn’t seem quite so daunting, we have achieved so much already, and our draft report was very well received – so all in all, I think we are on target #WellDoneUs



Where has August gone?

29 08 2012

I can’t believe it’s been a while since we last blogged!  Therefore, I thought I would write a little post to let you know that Brunel are still very much course data-ing!  The team has been quietly working away for the past couple of weeks on various CDATA bits n bobs.  We have made pleasing progress, though it feels like we have now just come up for air!

So what have we been doing?  Well!  Tidying up our CDATA Data Map and deciding which of the ‘optional’ and ‘preferred’ fields we are going to include.  Getting to grips with Microsoft Visio and doing lots of specing in preparation for developing our eVision functionality (it is starting to take shape, which is exciting!).  Revisiting our workpackages to make sure we are on target and completing all our promises (so far so good!) and writing a paper all about Appreciative Inquiry and stakeholder engagement.  Geoff Ramshaw, our JISC mentor, has provided us with some great places to publish our work.  So much so, we are now thinking of doing a little spin-off article for a USA case study research group just across the pond.


3 08 2012

We are really pleased to discover that Gill Ferrell (JISC) has showcased our work in the ‘Interim Reports Summary’ document.  This paper summarises the key points from all the progress reports submitted by the 63 Institutions currently involved in the course data project.  It’s really rewarding to know that our approach to stakeholder engagement (through Appreciative Inquiry and the black hat concept) is being well received externally.  For anyone interested in viewing the report please click here to access it.

Project update

4 05 2012

Just before we close for the long (and most probably rainy!) bank holiday weekend I thought it would be good to give a little project update.  In order to sum up this week, I can feel a quote coming on!  At this point I would like to make a literary reference, perhaps to Jane Austin or William Shakespeare, but the brain has been significantly stretched somewhat this week combined with the fact that the weekend is nearly upon us – hence it falls to Del Boy!  Progress this week has been “triffic”.  We have started our Appreciative Inquiry (AI)  interviews with Heads of Schools and have already received lots of great suggestions.  Our AI workshop dates have now been released to staff, with many bookings made today.  Considerable progress has been made with our JISC interim progress report.  And, last but by no means least, we have lots of people from all over the UK coming to Brunel on 15th May to attend our CDATA Day – SITS Cluster Assembly.  We are really looking forward to it!