Woke up Wednesday feeling groggy. Checked out, went to the office and did standup plus a couple of backlog refinement sessions. Then ran a coaching workshop for the developer community of practice with Amy and Jess. It was surprising just how many devs dropped out of the session just before we started the breakout sessions. But 5 people stayed, tried coaching and had a good retro afterwards. We learnt some stuff to try next time. Headed off for my 1437 train to London, by which time I was feeling rough. Sat with Jen and Kate on the way home, but ended up with my head in my hands and trying to get some kip. Got home, went to bed.
Spent most of Thursday was spent in bed. Managed to run a team session with Kevin, our service owner. Was praised by Craig, our user researcher, for playing back what we’d discussed at the end of the session. Couple of other meetings then finished early, dosed up with drugs and went back to bed. On reflection, 2 sleepless nights in Sheffield weren’t a good idea. The hotel room had a bath, so I’ll take my bath additives and skin emollients next time, which really help me relax.
Friday was feeling better. Ran standup and said goodbye to Jen and Zakir. There was lots of emotion, obs. Zakir’s a fast streamer who’s been with us for a few months and has done a good job. He’s now off to the College of Policing for his next posting. Had a couple more meetings, then started clearing down Jen & my’s job share accounts + removing Jen and Zakir from our team tools. Final thing was to turn on the out of office on our joint inbox. Had some emotions.
Now that our job share has sadly finished, I'm making some changes to my working hours. Rather than working a total of 3 days a week, I'm going up to 4 days a week. I'm also swapping from working 1230 to 1700 everyday, to working a full 9 to 5 on Monday to Wednesday + Friday. This means Thursday becomes the day I spend on my private work.
Talking of which, I'm working on something really interesting at the moment. Will tell you more soon, but suffice to say that Thursday in now my community education day ;-)
I've learnt this week:
I’ll miss working with Jen,
People like summaries,
I need to get fitter.