Day in the life
“My starting time revolves around taking my young daughter to nursery, so I tend to start about 8.30am and finish around 5pm. That was one of the attractions of Opencast for me – they’re pretty flexible about timing as long as you get the work done and can attend important meetings.
“We then have what we call a ‘scruddle,’ a mix of a huddle and a scrum. We go through the Jira boards and discuss what happened the previous and what our aims of that day are. We’ll talk about the user journey of the project we’re working on and discuss testing and development. The rest of the day is spent in meetings or developing the service we’re working on.
“I’ve recently become the co-lead for Opencast’s user-centred design (UCD) community – the lead changes every six months and it’s my turn. We share skills and stories and come together as a team.
“On Fridays we have community meetings when we come together as a UCD team. There is also a wind-down meeting on Friday afternoons where we finish our week with a casual chat with the team.
“Our two-week sprints within the DWP project start and end on every other Thursday, so those days are pretty meeting heavy.”
“As a dad of a young daughter I don’t have too much spare time, but I try to find a bit of time in the evening to play video games. I’ve loved gaming since the age of four and play a wide range of different games. I try to stay up to date with modern games, but also love retro games and find myself regularly returning to some of my favourites and looking to discover some hidden gems. I also love drawing and going to the cinema (or watching at home in the current environment).”
Interaction design links
NN/g UX podcast – monthly show on UX research, design and strategy
UX Collective – independent design publication and blog
Interactive Design Foundation – online expert UX design courses.