Weeknotes 310

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This week I did:

Risky business

Spent a lot of time thinking about risk this week. Accepting and dealing with risk is really hard because of how uncertain it all is. In some cases taking a worst-case scenario approach is the right thing to do but it can be hard to explain why and share understanding without the quantifiable risk.

How charities see the role of the product manager

I analysed the job descriptions for twenty three product management roles in the charity sector to try to understand how charities think about product management. My conclusion is that product management is regarded mostly as a liaison role between ‘business’ and ‘technology’ with no where near enough expectation that product managers understand users and their needs.

The Great Reset is coming

This week’s irregular ideas suggests that The Great Resignation is one small step in the shifting power relationship between employees and employers, and individuals and organisations. This Great Reset is happening but it does happen to everyone everywhere all at the same time.

Retro for June and delivery plan for July

I wrote my retro for June and did a bit of planning for July. I intend to focus more time on my Charity in the 21st century course. It occurred to me that the entire point of using an agile education approach is that I don’t have to start at the beginning, so I’m starting with ‘Donations’ in the ‘As yet untitled fundraising module’.

I read:

Digital donations

I’ve been collating and reading about donations, particularly Digital For Good: A Global Study on Emerging Ways of Giving, as part of my Charity in the 21st century course. I need to think of a good essay question too.

Digitisation, transformation and tracing the golden thread of strategic prioritisation

Casper Below talks about aligning digital delivery with organisational strategy at Shelter


This book about digital is ten years old, so I thought I’d read with an eye on what seems like it still rings true and what has changed about how we see the digital world.

And I thought about:

Mo problems

The more time I spend thinking about how we approach solving problems, the more I realise that every solution creates innumerable other problems, even if it solves the problem it set out to, and sometimes it doesn’t. There seems to be something deep about how systems tend towards greater and greater complexity, which makes me wonder if attempts to simplify the system and reduce the problems