I have been trying to think of ways to make it easier for members to help out. It occurred to me that having a page that people could go to with a list of tasks that need to be completed would be an easy way to do this. I am starting this thread to hopefully work through the details and get some feedback before we mail it to members and promote it more widely.
I think it would be best for each idea for a new project to be a new thread so the idea can be discussed, volunteers can put their hands up etc. Admins would be responsible for updating the wiki (probably NC members to begin with, but really, anyone with a wiki account could do it).
I am not completely sold on this being the best way to manage it, but it is the best way I can think of at the moment.
I’m not sure what you can do in the wiki but I recommend turning sections 3.1 & 3.2 into tables and adding a column for deadline (most will be NA) and one for Current Volunteers with a contact for new volunteers to get in touch.
I’d also add a 3.3 Completed Projects and move them down when they’re done, rather than deleting them. That way people get visible recognition and others can see what’s already been done.
Agree with @edeity, purpose and governance are important. I’d create a header to go on top of all pads or whatever a project team/lead uses that includes:
Date of last update
Then anybody can see where it’s up to at any time.
It might also be worth looking at open source Kanban apps for teams. I think @fletcher posted a screenshot of Taiga once. There are a few but I have no experience with them.
I have given it a once-over and updated the page based on the recommendations, I have yet to put in all the info explaining the relevance of each topic, but it is coming along. I will add a completed table too.
Not sure about how to do the pre-set headers for pads, might have to just put the text on the wiki page and instruct people to paste it in.
I’m going to give it an edit today (assuming my PC doesn’t die again). I timed a read and it takes 3:45 or so, probably more after the edit. Needs more sexiness at the front, diving straight into tax explanations is probably a bad idea.
I can do the voiceover and record it, I am set up with a shitty recording studio (you don’t need much when the music you do is electronic). Also, if there is a need for music, I can write short pieces to order in a day or two.
I redid the script under the Alex Jago version. I mainly re-ordered the script and cleaned it up a bit. Think it reads better this way. I won’t record until I get some feedback.
Yep. Re-ordered version is good. Having looked over several popular thing-explainer youtube channels, background music should, of course, be fairly light and repetitive (get out of the way of the voiceover).
I’m timing readthroughs of specific sections, and I’ve annotated them under the headings of the re-ordered version.
Update: this here track should fit the timings fairly well and has appropriately minor or major sections.
@Frew, some discussion I’ve seen has convinced me that one of the groups we should be targeting with the BI policy is older women. If you haven’t gotten the audio all sorted yet, it might be worthwhile changing our example person to have a name more reflective of that demographic.