The in-house Entrepeneur

Very pleased to share with you a recent win both of my team’s pitches have achieved in the Santander Digital Innovation Challenge.

Warwick Uni is putting some money where it’s mouth is and is sponsoring early stage ideas across the University to improve everyone’s working lives.

Both teams I put forward have won a cash prizes, and in February will be starting some early validation of ideas.

What are the ideas? Can’t say too much yet, but one is to disrupt an internal space rather than wait a large organisation to supply us with something (we will be doing validated learning to improve), the other is attempting to leverage some new tech to channel shift a team’s work load.

I’ve already said to much! But I’m glad we won so had to share something, more news in Feb 2017.

“Baking in” SCD tools to our staff’s daily appetite

Recently I started scratching the surface of SCD here at Warwick University by reading a couple of online resources. Then last week I planned to and meet some of the core team. The chats we had introduced some really interesting new discussions and concepts to me around change programmes.

SCD is a massive change programme here at Warwick University and it stands for Simplify, Collaborate and Deliver. It’s the concept that we can reduce waste on our tasks, work with each other and deliver change rather than just talking about it.

Here are some initial theories I’ve been knocking about in my head since that first chat and I wanted to ruminate and share them. Please bear in mind they are all TOTALLY un-tested and un-researched. For me this write up is more a process of going with the raw thoughts and seeing what rises up from it.

The thoughts are all based on, how do you “Bake in” SCD to peoples’ daily working lives? I’m sure this programme is going to be very successful. However, in my mind the questions which rose to the top were, how do you make change programme in any institution more than just being a whim for staff, some training imposed from above or worse… a new expensive fad which fades! How do you “bake it in” so that when ANY staff member has a work problem there’s something in the SCD toolkit to call upon as naturally as picking up their phone?

btw. “Baking in” is a term to describe that there’s no extra input needed, you’ve got access to it easily. You’ve baked in cranberries to that pie so you don’t need to add any separately. It’s just there, baked in.

Herd immunity

A well known medical term and practice for immunising a population against disease is Herd Immunity. The theory and practice is, you don’t have to immunise everyone, but at least a certain percentage of the population to prevent widespread pandemic… Obviously I don’t think the staff are herd, or that there’s a disease, but the point is that the population is resilient even if not everyone is immunised. Is there cross over in the theory here where if enough of the staff are trained in dealing with Waste and Change (SCD) that as a University we are resilient?

How would we know when we’ve hit that point or herd immunity status, what KPI’s and monitoring would you introduce to know we are “immune”.

Trickle down SCD

In the same way that “Trickle down economics” doesn’t work, how do we make sure this programme doesn’t fail from “Trickle-down change”? How do we inspire, support and sell grass-roots change?

Is there a way to create equality of access and interest in SCD so it’s “Four Legs Good, Two Legs baaaaaad”?

How can we make a culture where everyone feels the same responsibility and expectation of each other to practice and learn from it?

How can we make make sure we use people’s skill and enthusiasm across a spectrum of the Payroll Grading, the Departments and Skill sets?

Culture eats process for breakfast

It just does.

So why would most people here care about LEAN and SCD? A lot of people just want to get on with their job. Would purposefully identifying enthusiastic people lead other people change their culture?

Include it as a DPR requisite

Well if it’s that freaking important, how do we back that up and make it more than an avoidable fad?

How do we make sure it doesn’t go away, could we include a couple of questions or tick boxes in staffs’ reviews to remind them if they’ve practised SCD this year or not?

People do like to learn and would enjoy SCD, however they also have their day jobs. How do we make it a common thing for everyone to muck in with? Could we attach it to merit pay? How could we highlight and celebrate people who have purposefully called on SCD to solve a problem?

Done!

Anyway, there’s my initial and wide-ranging thoughts on a new subject. No answers yet, just questions! Also, I really enjoyed these pictures from this blog, have a look

https://hakanforss.wordpress.com/2014/03/10/are-you-too-busy-to-improve/

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Game based Learning in HE

We had a very good session run by Emma King yesterday on “Game based learning, is it for HE”.

It gave us some tools to analyse and report on our output, some research to base our work on and highlighted some externals making waves in adult learning.

Here is her prezi, Game based learning in HE

https://prezi.com/atcl2sj0sq3w/game-based-learning-is-it-relevant-for-he/

New Job, new year!

Guess who’s gone and got himself his first Full time job?

ME!

I’m now proudly an “E-learning Developer” in Warwick Manufacturing Group, a part of Warwick University.

Roughly that’ll mean I’m a one man digital solution team. Scoping digital projects, running Agile Project management and coding the Delivery of projects to support WMG’s blended E-learning courses.

I’m very excited, I’ll be working in a very exciting building with robots, a mini submarine and loads of big machines.

So, all blog posts are my own nonsense and no expression of UoW or anyone else but me.

DPC out

Internet of Things (IoT) in Health

This evening is very exciting, I’m going to my third tech meetup since moving to the Midlands. This session is about the “Internet of Things in Health”

Meet up #7 – IoT in Health

Tuesday, Oct 14, 2014, 7:00 PM

International Institute for Product and Service Innovation (IIPSI)
The University of Warwick Coventry, GB

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NB: please note access to the campus is very restricted due to roadworks and traffic light control at present. Gibbet Hill Road through the campus is closed and access by car is best via Kirby Corner Road. Traffic can be heavy, particularly before 6pm so we advise leaving plenty of additional time to arrive.Speakers:• Andy Wilkins, Independent He…

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They define the Internet of Things (IoT) as,

Definitions as to what IoT actually is vary considerably, but its foundation could be considered to be connecting everyday physical ‘Things’ to the Internet.

This is a very absorbing subject area for me, tech marches on as fast as Napoleon’s armies out of Russia and with every cadenced step it’s connecting up 10’s of devices to the internet. Mundane house items like your thermostat being connected online is a “$3.2 billon” business. Even your bike pedals are at it.

But even more interesting are the advancements being made in Health. Tools and your normal personal items getting called “wearables” and having a wifi chip shoved up their… socket. All to help you paint a picture of your well-being. It’ll give health professionals access to accurate personal data to diagnose problems and patterns easier. Hell, I imagine even the connected apps will have a go at pronouncing your problems and corrections first.

That’s why tonight’s meetup is so interesting, with Apple’s Health ID the iWatch creating data about one’s self, the sheer newness is riveting. What next to get connected, the chair?