Weeknotes S03 Ep06

The wind-down No not wind, WIND! Oh, nevermind. Overarching feeling of the week This was my last full week in DATT. After almost three years I’ll soon be moving on to a new role at GDS. As it goes when you move to a new role, this week has been a bit mixed because I’ve handed…

Weeknotes S3 Ep04

The one where things feel like they’re coming together [1] Overarching feeling of the week Yeah. A good week. *gasp* “Really Sam? Are you ok?” Well, yep, actually. There you guys were, thinking my life was all… When it turns out that sometimes, it’s totally like… It’s something I need to remember, some weeks are genuinely fulfilling…

Weeknotes S3 Ep02

And what do you do? Overarching feeling of the week Never trust someone who tells you they’re too busy and makes a big fuss about it. But, god. I am busy. On top of doing my day job, I’ve been: on-boarding our graduate trainer, Nim, bringing my replacement, Chris, into the fray, my fellow BPs (and all…

Cabinet Office Policy School Days 3 & 4

Work, Work, Work It’s taken a little while but I’m finally getting round to writing up the second week of Cabinet Office Policy School. The last couple of days were just as intense as the first, and, since completing it, I’ve basically been catching up, and then recovering from, all of the training, on top of…

You’re allowed to be nosy…

Taking my own advice. Some time ago I wrote a blog called “Three reasons why you should come to OneTeamGov breakfast club”. In it, I talked about being unashamedly nosey or rather, curious. Earlier in my career I spent a lot of time inviting myself to other people’s meetings. Things that had nothing to do with…

Three reasons why you should come to OneTeamGov breakfast club

Recently a couple of people contacted me on Twitter to ask about the OneTeamGov breakfast club which takes place on Wednesday mornings in Whitehall. They told me that they were really interested in the work, but worried about attending because they weren’t sure that they could contribute. I felt the same at first; I missed…

I’d like somebody to be my mentor…

If you want to help, please get in touch. Its been almost 4 weeks since I posted the above tweet. When I wrote it, I knew the doors of the universe wouldn’t magically open and bring me the right person immediately; but I also knew that the Twitter hive-mind would have been here before, would know…

Weeknotes S01 Ep07

The one where I took no notes. My notebook has no weeknote notes in it. My first “typical” week in a while, in that it was a full week [1] in the office. There has been a lot going on; work handed over because Olivia is leaving, and a significantly smaller DAT team because people are on…

Digital Academy: Working level for Product Owners course

Here’s my digest of three days at the digital academy… I’m on the train home from a tiring but fulfilling three-day stint in Leeds at the Digital Academy. I was taking the Working Level for Product Owners course. Before I fall asleep, here are my immediate reflections on the course: The course was well facilitated, lead…