Saturday, 29 October 2016

I.T.'s different for girls

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As many people in the sector know, I do the rounds of conferences and events. There's lots to get out of them too. New ideas and the chance to meet lots of people in the same place for once!

Look around most ICT conferences, particularly in social housing and they are most often still dominated by white males. While there are some really notable female ICT and system managers, they are still, in the 21st century a real rarity. Another example is the Southern IT Housing user forum , many men currently attending, but just two women.

Notably, one housing group local to me that I work with, Torus, has a brilliant female director of IT and transformation and yet another, director of delivery and transformation. Excellent folk to work with and I learn something every time I work with Debbie and Liz.

West Kent's head of ICT is one such, the super Claire Davidson. Witty, really sharp and managing to generally have equal or more women than men in her team, to deliver solutions better. Claire could be our Martha Lane Fox, or Sue Black without the red 'barnet'. She's bloody good, I know that, a ray of IT sunshine each time I see her, and gets along to the SIT forum. The other female attendee ticks the 'Cymru' box too I would have thought. I won't even consider if more regional UK accents would improve the quality of ICT. Maybe one for another blogpost, that one! 

Its brilliant sometimes to work with organisations where there is a more equal gender balance, in systems and ICT. Torus Housing Group in NW England, again being a case in point. Inspirational working with a great mix of genders, all with the brilliant skills and attitude, makes for a better team, who can help see the world from unique perspectives. 

A recent EU report earlier in 2016, showed that just 29 of every 1000 women with a degree graduate in ICT, compared with 95 in every 1000 for men. (see https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/women-ict  ). Of those 29, only four went on to work in the ICT sector. It makes hardly any sense, when the same research shows that tech companies with more women on their management teams have a 34% bigger return on investment. Might that mean that social housing could potentially deliver a third more tech innovation, if it aimed for the same?

I remember my first female manager, back in ICT retail in the 80's. Sadly, I have lost touch with Joan, but she was a breath of fresh air to work with. Encouraged and motivated staff, a fair boss and great fun. She could sink the pints of real ale as fast as everyone else on the team too. She got more from us all and set me off on the path, to what I do now. 

Have we got to many geeks in the sector?
Is that what's putting most of the females off?

I think more senior ICT role models, like Claire would go a long way to inspiring students, right back at the GCSE stages. Getting them into work placements, and keeping them there, then does rely on the culture being right. Social housing should be better overall at such things, you would think. There is a solid link between responsible corporate culture, efficiency, profitability and ROI.

Females bring a new perspective on ICT, product development and business strategy. As Claire told me, "I recruit the best people, as I want the best team". Wouldn't you want the best team too? 

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Book Of Brilliant Things

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I was over the moon last week, when the postie (God bless Royal Mail), dropped a lovely mini-book through my letterbox. It was the brilliantly funny collection of cartoons and comms doodles, from the excellent Helen Reynolds.

Twitter peeps will no doubt know her as @HelReynolds and the nice folk at @WeAreResource have made the publishing happen. Copies are going to be hot property and I have my own personalised front on mine.



I have followed the excellent cartoonist @MartinShovel for a long time and Helen went on one of his courses together with MarthaLeyton. While I can take a mean photograph, I cannot draw to save my life, so I am gushing with admiration for what she has achieved.

You can say an awful lot in a cartoon, that would be tricky or even offensive in another medium. They can convey a message far more quickly than a slab of text. You don't need to be able to read to understand a cartoon. How many government or health messages have you experienced as a cartoon?  They connect with our childhood sense of humour and use a relaxed method of getting across often dull or painful messages.

I have occasionally used cartoons (other peoples of course, with a credit), in presentations. They can diffuse tensions, particularly as they are an easy way to spotlight stereotypes and smooth the way to raising issues or introducing change.

Looking through the variety of Helen's work in her book, she touches on many of the themes I see in my work, particularly around change and perceptions of social media among other things.

Here's a few of my favourites, I have encountered more than one of these myself. Before you ask, its Chocolate Hobnobs for me at meetings every time!





(c) All toons from the fabulous Helen Reynolds

So, get yourself on one of Helen's or WeAreResource's courses or sessions, and snaffle a copy of this excellent tome yourself!

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

E-Merge-ency

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You may have read my previous post on mergers & de-mergers. Well here's some tips on how to make that process so much smoother.

Firstly, do not underestimate the length of time a data migration will take. It will almost certainly require input from your systems provider, so factor in a chunk of days at around £1k per day each. Usually bespoke loaders or database scripts will be required. Circumnavigating these will generally invalidate your contract, as will other interfacing, not using published or authorised methods.

Your system provider will be able to supply the formats required, generally in a spreadsheet form. Don't expect your system to be structured exactly like the source system however. Also, don't be fooled that transferring data from/to the same HMS will be plain sailing. Code configurations will differ greatly, as will procedures and knock on configurations such as arrears actions, works order SORs and the like.

Factor in too that your system provider will have a 5-6 week minimum lead time, before being able to show up on site. Many will also penalise you if the originating organisation is late providing data and you have to cancel.

Depending on the organisation you are migrating from, and their work load, data extraction might not be top of their priorities. The target organisation would be best advised to liaise with the team where the data is coming from, in order to make the experience the most effective it can be. Seriously, working closely can cut the time required by half or more, and that benefits all parties. I have always worked like this and I have found that a few dozen jam doughnuts, a tin of Cadburys Heroes or a few packets of Chocolate Hobnobs, can really oil the wheels.

Another key thing to realise is that extracts cannot ne hand-crafted. They are best built to be repeatable at all times and we should expect to be able to repeat them, column by column at will. The whole process should be seen as a cycle and whoever is supplying the data must not be surprised that data may be needed to be incrementally supplied and a number of times.

For the organisation trying to get it right, imported data must not conflict with existing Asset UPRN's, rent accounts or Works Orders etc. This takes a fair bit of care and reconciliation after import must show and be structured so that all existing data is left intact and new data has all come in.

The above can all be confirmed with some 'Select Count(*) from x' type statements, but the real test is if the HMS application screens run up, reports provide those counts and it does not all crash and burn in a nasty mess. Do engage your original system alongside your new system, the data has been converted into, with your new staff pointing out the issues, in order to confirm data has been converted correctly.

As I say, I have been involved with probably 18 or more migrations and I am familiar with the problems first hand. It's always good to have a veteran on board for migrations like this. Do get in touch if I can help with your merger/de-merger, a lot are taking place and there are many to come, always happy to help.

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Friday, 14 October 2016

Breaking Up Someone's Home

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There seems no end of articles on impending mergers, within the socialhousing press. Some have spectacularly crashed & burned, while others are rolling on. While mergers all seem to propose that efficiencies will be realised and tenants/customers better served, this is always a difficult nut to crack.

Having this year had the pleasure of working with one new housing group, very close to me in the North West, I can see that it can be done. Torus Group for one, have now procured the right nut cracking ICT environment, for the task ahead. If you are at HOMES next month at London Olympia, do come to my session elaborating on the journey with them.

Groups typically will have multiple directorates initially, and often multiple board structures. Clearly there is a need for accountability in each strand or owning body in a group and multiple boards continue what has probably worked well before. Anyone with a keen interest in a lot of these merged entities, (forgive my geekiness, please dear reader!), will have noticed the current trend of 'flattening' of structures going on.

Together Group and Your Housing, are just two which spring to mind, although others are occurring. While mergers are the thing that hits the headlines, particularly larger ones, the collapsing of boards has created some fault lines, in a number of housing groups. I have been working on a couple of projects where de-merger, has actually become the order of the day.

Often multiple boards gave smaller group members, a greater degree of, or the semblance of autonomy. Collapsing of structures is putting a spotlight on what this might mean. In particular, some organisations are clearly looking at if they will still have the local community links, that might have been promised, or enshrined in their agreements to merge in the first place. Bigger, people are realising sometimes, is not always better.

A bit like when a personal relationship has been jogging along fine for years, then suddenly some life event occurs, that forces a re-think like "What on earth are we doing here, where is this ultimately going?". I would bet we have all been there.

Obviously, these changes generally need the authority or rubber stamping of the HCA/Regulator. One big aspect is how data is transferred, between organisations smoothly. Also the removal or archive of 'group data' once the entity has left.

Recent in-depth assessments (IDAs) have put the spotlight on this aspect of due-diligence. It was mentioned at one of the HCA chaired NHF sessions, I was at in Birmingham last month. All merger/de-mergers must be aware of this, it's something that will no doubt trip many organisations up.

Being a bit of a veteran of many mergers and transfers of stock over the years, while being involved personally with migrations into systems at places like Accord, Spectrum, Orbit, Bromford Group and others, I am aware of the complexity of what is required. Modern housing, finance and EDRMS systems, are not always designed in the best fashion, to support fast accurate data migrations. So if you are merging or de-merging, do recognise the time it might take to complete this complex and sometimes elaborate task, even if source & target systems are from the same system providers.

I will be sharing my experiences in a second blog, later this month, to help organisations on the path to merger/de-merger. Of course, you can also as ever, contact me for some personalised advice too if needed!
 
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Friday, 7 October 2016

RHP - Dolphins Were Monkeys

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Are we in a housing sector of dinosaurs, dolphins or monkeys? Not often I have asked myself that one, but an event this week at Richmond Housing Partnership, in Teddington did pose the question. The day was about the art of innovation, with its own hashtag #AOI16 of course.

RHP know a bit about innovation, coming top in the Dolphin Index, named for the second year running in 2016, as the "UK's most innovative housing provider".
I learned much about how they managed this culture shift, in a sector that frankly at times can be stuck back in the days when the stock was managed at the council. The index model breaks down the survey results into 13 key topic areas ranging from idea time and risk taking through to stress and dynamism levels.


 On hand was CEO David Done, the super animated and infectious Amina Graham, as well as a number of other disrupters, from outside of the sector. This included Elizabeth Linder of the Conversational Century and founder of Mr & Mrs Smith, Tamara Lohan.  All very inspirational stuff with lots of takeaways for the sixty or so attendees.

For me the key takeaway was the whole teal thinking philosophy taken with staff. Give them a brilliantly creative environment, trust them to just get on with the job you give them, celebrate & learn from mistakes.  Encourage your staff to think differently, you don't need to employ a team of Shoreditch hipsters with beanie hats, recognise that your innovators probably already work for you.

A bit different from the usual top-down 'Command and Control' we usually see in housing. RHP took an emphasis on finding the right big problems to fix and encouraged staff to think differently. Risk taking was encouraged and everyone encouraged to have opinions and share them, to drive improvement.

Events like this are nothing without a grand tour and we took in the tree house, conservatory and the cabinet of curiosities. A video booth for staff to share experiences and ideas, was something I really liked. Better than an email or a post-it. There were also lots of open space. How claustrophobic many office spaces are these days. Admittedly, every housing organisation will have the room to spread out, but it does make for fantastic workspaces.

At the event I met probably more of my fellow Twitter followers in the flesh, than ever before in one room. Brilliant to meet Ade Capon, Emma Maier, Jen Barfoot, Amy Nettleton, Tom Pinder and Amanda Carver. Together with Amy (totes deserved!), we scooped the 'King & Queen of #AOI16 Twitter' awards, with a bottle of bubbly to go back north with us, as well as such a lot of great ideas to move our organisations and the sector forward.  




Unless the sector embraces innovation for our staff, IT, processes and systems, we risk we will die as dinosaurs.

You can find further information out about the 2016 innovation index here.
 
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