At this point in the week, I just look back and think “wait, what did I do this week?” I’m sure I did quite a lot, but I was moving from one thing to another most of the time, and I can’t quite remember. On top of that, I’m feeling pretty tired, as I have been most of this week.
In contrast to my own fallible memory, Outlook calendar never lies, so I rely on it for the following highlights:
I observed some user research. It reminded me again that I really enjoy being a part of user research. User research is an amazing specialism, but listening to users first hand helps me so much with my own practice. It gives me a lot of motivation to go back and focus on impact on those users and is such a big part of how I get energy to do my work — even where the things users say are difficult and can feel well beyond our control. I am reminded very much of this approach:
I went to a few different cross-government things this week — one about digital identity from GDS, one about forms from the Home Office, and (part of) one about maps from GDS and Defra. I also had a chat with someone from another council about experiences with shared services. I probably did a bit too much of this sort of thing this week — but there was just so much good stuff on that it’s hard to resist!
I also had lots of fuzzy, making sense of things conversations that are really hard to explain in weeknotes. But I think they were all good and worthwhile.
It sounds terrible, but I don’t think I read anything this week. Certainly the two books I brought with me to Essex have been relegated to laptop stand status, which is a shame. Even my browser history doesn’t show much evidence of blog post reading. Oh well, there’s always next week.
Right, that’s me. See you in the next one 👋