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Weeknotes – 01/12/12

A day later than is customary, due to self-inflicted technical issues, here’s a quick round-up of what kept the NM crew busy last week, in case you’re interested or nosy. Nosy is good.

A new pink wall

  • Ross has been putting together some ideas around new projects – one for a client in broadcast, and another for a company working in communications.
  • Ross made a job offer to someone who looks set to join the NM team in early 2013 – which is exciting news. And Steve continues his interview process as he searches for a ‘business hacker‘ to join us.
  • Steve has shared his thoughts around the programmer’s staple ‘Fizz Buzz’ test, and what happens when you give it to a non-coder like… erm… me.
  • Caz met with Jack from Sussex Digital Apprenticeships to learn how NixonMcinnes can help the young people get into the digital industry. She’ll be sharing more about this later.
  • Steve, Anna and Jenni devised and delivered a half day innovation workshop to the good people at Pan Macmillan. It was an experiential whistle-stop tour through a ‘U’ curve – from problem definition through immersion in stakeholder needs, brainstorming, pilot design, project management to ‘pivot or persevere’.
  • Belinda and Jenni continued to develop ideas for a ‘World Cafe’ format event that will kick-start a programme of small business improvement pilots at one of the UK’s larget law firms.
  • Jenni also took part in a roundtable event to discuss the ‘death of the big idea’. Video evidence wil be available shortly.
  • Steve and I spent a day working in the BBC’s fantastic New Broadcasting House on the Weatherbot project – a piece of work that has us collaborating with some smart minds in the BBC’s R&D team.
  • Planning is underway for our annual NM two-day getaway, when we’ll squirrel ourselves away in the wintry Sussex countryside to train each other, debate with each other, learn more about each other, then share a bottle or two of wine with each other. Recently, some of us have attended some excellent training courses, including the immersive Art of Hosting and the excellent Art of Facilitation at Roffey Park, so RossBelindaAnnaCazSteveMax and I are working out how to translate this learning to the wider team in January.
  • We continue to settle into our wonderful new office. NixonMcInnes’s trademark Happy Buckets are being upgraded to electronic Happy Buttons. Julian will share more about this soon.
  • We’ve signed up as one of the  sponsors of Brighton’s forthcoming Digimas – a kind of Christmas party for Brighton’s digital crowd that looks set to raise a decent sum for local hospices. See you there.

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