The hard work first

Just reading point 4 below makes me feel a little better about how much hard work it is setting up a new project following an Agile project management methodology!

Effective design principles from the UK government:

  1. Start with needs*
  2. Do less
  3. Design with data
  4. Do the hard work to make it simple
  5. Iterate. Then iterate again.
  6. Build for inclusion
  7. Understand context
  8. Build digital services, not websites
  9. Be consistent, not uniform
  10. Make things open: it makes things better

Publish what you learn

Anyone who has ever started (or thought about starting) a blog is probably familiar with some if the anxiety that goes with ‘putting your thoughts out there’ and committing them in writing so publicly. Smashing Magazine’s article (‘Publish what you learn‘ Sums this up perfectly:

“Even if people visit my website and read it, my articles will probably get torn to shreds!”
That doesn’t matter. What’s important is that you recognize the value in researching, teaching, collaborating, and correcting mistakes.

The article really appealed to my sense of purpose with this blog, and persuaded me out of my ‘can’t-write-anything-because-it-won’t-be-perfect’ mindset. In case you hadn’t noticed, there was rather a large gap between my first and subsequent posts! 😉 Now you know why.

So I’m going to follow their advice and update my erroneous postings learning as I go, and couple it with some rather sage advise I was given about teaching phrasal verbs:

Little and often!

I hereby accept that my posts may not be perfect, and sometimes possibly simply wrong, but happily accept that they will demonstrate learning, research, curiosity, and many other wonderful virtues! 😉