We are running some planned maintenance on our new beta website, which means the website is currently experiencing some downtime.
As our site is in beta, we’re working on updating elements of the underlying architecture to improve the overall user experience, which unfortunately means the site won’t be loading for the time being. Once the maintenance is complete, however, you’ll be able to access the programme planning feature with your saved programmes, POR and a slew of new features we’ll be discussing in our next blog post.
If you have any questions or queries regarding this maintenance or the beta website, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on this blog or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last night, the digital team hosted an interactive technical infrastructure webinar. Hosted by our Digital Product Manager, Rachel Davidson, and our Solution Architect, Jeff Nayler, the webinar covered upgrades and improvements to the architecture underpinning our digital systems, namely our transition to the Public Cloud, our development process and lifecycle, and our future infrastructure plans.
For those who couldn’t attend last night, you can watch the webinar in full below:
You can download the slides used in our technical webinar here.
To learn more about our infrastructure, or to become part of our digital Community of Interest group to assist with future testing, please get in touch.
On Tuesday 12th March, the digital team will be hosting an interactive technical infrastructure webinar. Starting at 7:30pm and lasting approximately 30 minutes, the webinar will cover work undertaken over the past year to upgrade and improve the architecture underpinning our digital systems, including:
- Our transition to the Public Cloud
- Cloud Native development
- Our software development lifecycle
The webinar will be hosted by myself, TSA’s Digital Product Manager, and you will hear from our Solution Architect, Jeff Nayler. There will be a chance to ask questions at the end.
If you are interested in learning more about our technical infrastructure, please click or copy the link below into your browser at 7:30pm on Tuesday 12th March to join the meeting.
For those unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and available to watch on this blog from Wednesday 13th March.
Like the rest of the Digital team, I’d like to express my thanks to everyone who showed an interest in the Digital Day, and especially to those who attended the event.
Digital Day workshops
Together with Malcolm McKee and David Kitchen, both District Commissioners and members of the Digital Advisory Group, we ran several workshops at the Digital Day focusing on ‘Tackling Technology Together’. We thought about the three main themes of the Digital Strategy but quickly decided to focus on ‘Getting the Basics Right’, since there’s so much to talk about on that theme alone.
Both workshops featured robust, passionate discussions, which I think we all enjoyed! We weren’t just there for fun, though, we wanted to come out with some concrete proposals from attendees on two questions: what should we fix first? and how can we work together?
What should we fix first?
We asked participants what they considered to be the most pressing problems in Scouts technology and to rank them by priority. After considerable debate, the results that emerged were:
In my first blog post I mentioned that we had begun planning a Digital Day, and I now can share more information, including how you can attend.
Purpose of the day
We want to share with you our digital plans for the next few years, and get your feedback. We will share our digital strategy and roadmap, what we’ve been doing and our priorities, as well as getting you involved in what we do and how we work.
The day will be a mixture of presentations and workshops, intended to get you involved and contributing to our plans!
When and where
The Digital Day is being held on Saturday 14 April, from 9.30 until 5.00 at 65 Queen’s Gate (Baden-Powell House), London, SW7 5JS.
What you can expect on the day
In the morning, we will have a number of presentations from the Digital Team and a guest speaker. Presentations are yet to be finalised but are likely to include:
- our digital plan for Scouting – the strategy and roadmap for delivery
- guest speaker (details to be confirmed)
- understanding our volunteers in Scouting – sharing our research
- how we can apply technology in Scouting
There will be opportunities for questions and answers before lunch, when you will have an opportunity to meet the team and other attendees, as well as contribute to the work that we are doing.
In this blog post, I am going to explain, as best as I can, what Enterprise Architecture is, what it means for the Movement and why I am one of the first team members. I’ll start by explaining my role.
Rather than being the kind of architect who deals with the materials and design of a building, I deal with the building blocks of an organisation or ‘enterprise’. These building blocks are:
- people (who make thing happen)
- information (the material they work on)
- process (the way things get done)
- technology (the tools to get things done)
My role is to fix behind-the-scenes information, process and technology problems to help make working and volunteering at Scouting easier. My goal is to simplify the delivery of Scouting.