Weeknotes S0203: Welcome back!

A lot of talking (to other councils)

Wow. I’ve had so much engagement with other councils this week. From one-off chats, our show and tell, social media, and the first local gov intranet meet up. It’s been great to hear about the work other councils are doing, and I will admit to being pretty proud of some of the stuff that we’ve done at Essex. It definitely gives me a warm fuzzy feeling when we get positive feedback from people.

People being super helpful

Last week I asked at OneTeam Gov Local about how I and we digital folks could be more empathetic towards others in the council that we work with. I was starting to get quite worried about a divide between us and others in the council. I got some amazing advice from people with way more experience than me.

Where does this leave product management?

Product management is a weird thing. It’s inherently hard to put boundaries around. And I don’t tend to try putting lots of boundaries round it. I think product managers should do whatever needs to be done to make a product a successful, if someone else in the team isn’t better placed to do it. Sort of like someone scurrying round an uneven wall, with some Polyfilla, filling in little gaps here and there.

  • Conversations that I don’t need to be in. Loads of these going on, and in the past I’d have tended to tag along. I’ve been better at staying out of these and doing other things.
  • Anything vaguely technical. Thanks to having great developers on the team (missing in previous discovery/alpha work), I’ve not got involved (except, again, making the occasional comment here or there). This is good for freeing up time to work on other things, and definitely good for the quality of the technical work 😆



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