Wednesday 12th September, 2018
Week 504 - Interesting links
Business “got” digital 20 years ago, charities got it 10 years ago, and even the government got it five years ago with the creation of the Government Digital Service. The trade union movement needs to engage with digital at a strategic level, not just with ad-hoc tactical use of campaign tools. I call for the (gradual) creation of a Trade Union Digital Service to amplify and co-ordinate our efforts.
I think this is all good but the following point in particular caught my eye:
We don’t accept deviant behaviour
If systems regularly misbehave in a minor way, it’s easy to fall into the trap of writing it off as ‘normal.’ We actively try to avoid thinking this way: if it’s not behaving as we designed it to, something is wrong and we make sure we understand it.
I’ve recently read about the “Normalization of Deviance” and realised that it’s a term we could use to describe the sort of problem we often find ourselves trying to fix in code/teams we’re working with. I’d like to learn more about it in the hope that it makes it easier to communicate the reason we think these things are important.
I think it’s fair to say that we collectively struggle to write weeknotes so I enjoyed reading this and being reminded about some of the reasons we do it. James A encouraged us to start writing weeknotes back in week-138 (over 7 years ago!) and, although I don’t know for sure, I’m fairly confident it was at least in part because BERG were doing the same.