Sept 10th 2021

I rarely have had the time or, to be honest, the motivation for weeknotes, but I feel motivated to produce some this week (possibly influenced by reading Matthew Cain's blog) and a lot has gone on.

The major event of the week has been a graduate management…


Month notes July 2021

There's been a lot of sport overshadowing July 2021, the Euros and Olympics still labelled 2020 as if to confuse us with another temporal loop. This is my first um, notes for some time.

Work is varied. Most days are spent bouncing from totally different meetings…


Rewarding.facilitate.bespoke

Something rewarding was a meeting with a senior manager and a colleague working on a service development. My team had identified that we already had some helpful data points that they weren’t aware of. It’s a good example of the value of deeper analysis which can reveal things with the…


Challenge. Mentor. Proper. ICT

The last thing I did at work was to send an email challenging colleagues to work in the open.

This had come about after I set up an open session to discuss the Internet of Things and was subsequently invited to a Group Managers forum, where…


  1. A colleague caused consternation this week by saying that our fault reporting system didn’t send public rights of way faults to the highways team. This confusion (they go direct to the rights of way team) lead to a complaint that went high up and back down to me.

I noted…


On collaboration:

· This week I had a useful chat with Phil Rumens, one of the leaders within LocalGovDigital. We talked about the digital work he is up to in his organisation and I talked about Street Manager and data science projects that I’m involved with

· This is part…


  1. It’s been a short week but this gives an opportunity for a focused weeknote.
  2. I work in Herts County Council, working Technology Development for the Highways department. I work on a range of projects and BAU, from hardware, niche engineering software to wider transformation programmes.
  3. Facilitating a Data Science Community…

Chris Faires

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