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Week 24 notes: time flies when you’re having fun

In our week 24 notes: Temi Ogunniran and Ana Santos from our business analysis and events teams, as well as some links shared recently at Made Tech about jargon, typefaces, and tea-brewing.

Temi Ogunniran | business analysis

The common saying “time flies when you’ a’re having fun” is exactly what comes to mind when I reflect on my experience so far. It’s exactly a year since I joined Made Tech and I’m glad to say I made the right decision. The world of consultancy can be a lonely one. This was my discovery as a professional transitioning from a non-consultancy environment to working with external clients.

At first, it was challenging to find the balance between working on client projects and dealing with responsibilities in-house, as well as making an impact in the community of practice. Luckily, I had the right support at Made Tech, and I’m now not only thriving, but in a position to support those who may find it challenging finding their feet.

I’ve had the opportunity to work on health and care projects since the start of my journey at Made Tech. I enjoy making a positive impact on people’s lives and in my community, so I was excited to use my business analysis skills to help health and care users access their data. The highlight being producing a technical options paper with the best recommended option now being taken forward for funding and development.

We’re now working on a capability to enable users to access historical data. It’s been really intriguing engaging with key stakeholders. This phase provides a test to our agile capacity and adaptability, as there is an expectation to report and present to different groups of stakeholders quite often. We are at the very exciting stage of doing site visits to complete a facts-gathering stage before moving on to analysis.

Though project work can be time-consuming, I have developed an interest in artificial intelligence and have been learning about this phenomenon in my free time. I believe AI is here to stay whether we like it or not, and it will have a major impact on the way we work in the near future. So, why not stay a step ahead? My interest is currently geared towards the impact of AI on business analysis, and will most definitely move to other areas. The tech world is a fast moving train and we must get onboard or risk being left behind.

Ana Santos | events

It’s been an interesting week. May-July is usually a busy time for events in the public sector, before a quiet holiday August. We’re participating in a few in-person events this month and next, and hosting a few webinars so this has been a prep-focused week. 

I went to the London office on Monday. We were expecting a few deliveries and I needed to pack some lovely swag goodies to send to GovCamp Cymru, an event we’re participating in next week. I’ve also had a couple of chats and agreed on a plan for an in-person event with our transformation capability team in September – exciting! The trains let me down on the travel back home though…

On my 1-2-1 with Laura we caught up about some work, but also had a nice light-hearted chat, which is so needed to decompress sometimes! I also had a great chat with Karsyn mid-week around the marketing team’s ongoing work.

A lot of my week has been focused on prep for our exhibition stand at the LGA conference next month. This has been a particularly interesting project – we’ll be showcasing our new SaaS products in our stand at the event so it will be good to see how that lands with the audience and what we need to work on for next time!

Busy week for our data collection of talks, The Pipeline, too: we are hosting a talk at Digital Leaders Week next week with James Poulten, and we have another couple of webinars in the works. I’ve been really enjoying working with the data team on this – lots of knowledge to share!

Interesting links

To wrap up, here are a few interesting or useful links that have been shared in and around Made Tech in the last week or so.

Value of regulation continues to rise as AI and health technology booms: Digital Health on the increasing need for efficient regulation in the face of more widely-available AI tools.

Want to use less jargon? Here are some translations: Apolitical with some useful, specific examples of replacing public sector jargon and business speak with clearer words.

OpenDyslexic: A typeface for Dyslexia: a typeface designed to help with some of the difficulties faced by readers with dyslexia.

# ISO 3103: Wikipedia article on the international standard for the correct brewing of tea.

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