25 May 2018
The week started with a big milestone – my fourth “Start the Week” meeting. We then added a quickie on the rules for inviting people to the HoL meeting – and I have been playing with spreadsheets ever since. It doesn’t feel right that every event starts the same process again – what is the opposite of a learning organisation?
17 May 2018
The week started with the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platforms Steering Group meeting at Aston – Julia chairs it!!! Jamie Turner brought one of the Lotus multi-fuel cars (and didn’t understand why there hadn’t been one at our Strategy launch).
11 May 2018
A short week. But a busy one…
It started with the Microsoft Innovation Day at their clandestine UK offices in Cardinal Point. There must have been about 400 people there. Over lunch we got to look at a display of the various technologies Microsoft were pushing into any available market. Thinks – can we trademark “challenge led innovation” and train others – to help companies like Microsoft achieve their full potential?
03 May 2018
The normal start the week was supplemented by a 2 hour “aerospace strategy” meeting. This proved (to me at least) once again that we don’t discuss and agree positions often enough, but that when we do our different experiences can lead to novel approaches to problems that have been around for some time!
27 April 2018
You were all there all day, so you know Monday was “risk management day”!! I quite liked the “absent minded professor who knows it all” persona adopted by the main speaker. Made me all nostalgic about my youth.
19 April 2018
The week started with another depleted “start the week” meeting. Is it something I said?
11 April 2018
Having made it to my third “start the week” meeting, it was very sparsely attended, but at least Heidi had arranged a diversion. The “lessons learned” meeting was a blast. Tom Harris described the analysis of the first projects set up under the Technology Programme to finish. It turns out that the format for the analysis had been decided about a year ago, whilst still within the DTI and only implemented late last year – the projects had finished later than originally anticipated.
29 March 2018
Of course, this was a short week and we used up most of Tuesday in a meeting you all attended, so I will start with Wednesday!!
22 March 2018
The week started on a positive note. I took part in a NESTA “conversation” on innovation for environmental sustainability. It was a sparsely populated meeting, with Jack Frost (now of Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells, but once of the office next door to me in BP), David Fisk (the RAEng Professor of Sustainability at Imperial), Fred Stewart (currently at NESTA) and Adrian
Smith (SPRU) all taking chunks out of the policy wonk from DEFRA.
16 March 2018
What with all the meetings about strategy this week, I haven’t had much exposure to the real world, but did manage to sneak in some clandestine interactions.