Chris Roos by Chris Roos

Week 452

Howdi folks,

Chris was away for a short break in Leeds from Monday to Wednesday before returning on Thursday. James and I worked together on Monday to Wednesday and spent the majority of the time pairing on the Asset Manager project.

We finished up a bit earlier than usual on Friday so that we could have our regular retrospective over a pint before James headed off to Cambridge for a university reunion.

Asset Manager

We ramped up to serving 100% of Asset Manager asset requests by proxying to S3 early in the week. We had a quick look at the relevant graphs and this all seems to be working as expected, which is great!

Once we were happy with the Asset Manager assets, we switched our focus to investigating how to serve Whitehall image assets from Asset Manager. It wasn’t completely obvious how this was going to work so we spiked on a couple of approaches in order to de-risk the actual work. We also started discussing how we might serve Whitehall PDF assets from Asset Manager. There’s even more uncertainty around these as there are additional access controls that need to be taken into account. Talking about it helped me feel more comfortable that we were going to be able to migrate these too.

I enjoyed pairing with James and found it really useful given that neither of us were particularly sure of what we needed to do.


We had a good day working from Space4 on Wednesday and I enjoyed the group lunch that was arranged.

Harry configured the DNS so that the website is now live at James and I then spent an hour or so talking Polly through the current set-up and how to make changes. While I think our use of a single static page was a pragmatic choice to get something live, I can see that we might want to switch to something that’s going to be easier for Polly to edit in the near future.

We also transferred the site source to a new space4 GitHub organisation. This name was actually taken but we were allowed to register it under GitHub’s Name Squatting Policy. This is the second time we’ve contacted GitHub about taking an unused account and I’ve been really impressed on both occasions.

Wortley Hall planning

We spoke to Aaron on Friday to coordinate some of the tasks involved in the planning of the CoTech Wortley Hall event. We’re using Agile Collective’s self-hosted Taiga to share the workload. I don’t remember seeing this app before but have been impressed in our use of it so far.

Patterns for Decentralised Organising

We’ve ordered our tickets to the Patterns for Decentralised Organising workshop being run by Loomio and Enspiral on Saturday 23 Sep. Not only does it sound right up our street but Aaron attended the event in Manchester and said he really enjoyed it.

Show & Tell 36

We hosted our 36th Show & Tell on Wednesday. I really enjoyed the evening and hope to finish the write-up in the next couple of days.


James was tasked with donating to charity this month and chose the very worthy RNLI.

I finally got around to reviewing our insurance renewal with Hiscox. It’d been on my list for the past few weeks but it took the fast approaching deadline to prompt me to actually do anything about it.

We also renewed our UK Postbox subscription for another year given that it seems to be working well.

James converted our shared 1Password vault from AgileKeychain to OPVault.

I think that about covers it for week 452. Until next time, folks.

– Chris

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