In Ottawa from 8 to 13 April 2013 we had a Sprint for Plug&Play Architecture Project. People from Australia, Canada, Eurostat, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Sweden, UNECE and United Kingdom met together to start defining a “common statistical production architecture for the world’s official statistical industry” as stated by High-Level Group for the Modernisation of Statistical Production and Services.
The objective of the sprint session was to ensure agreement on key principles regarding the architectural blueprint to build an interoperable statistical industry platform. Here I just want to show you which tools has been used in the Sprint.
White-boards – we used many dashboards writing there with markers of any type – often we used cameras/mobiles to get a picture of what written to be able to dump later the concepts on digital files (we would love smart boards like this)
Wiki – in the UNECE wiki we inserted documents, presentations, images, discussion, glossary and we all participated in modifying them – the wiki has been confirmed to be an essential tool for every experience of collaborative writing
Mind Maps – often we used Mind Maps to trace brainstorming and discussions: mind maps has proved to be the best ways to avoid losing and to summarize what has been said in lengthy discussions – we used a powerful opensource free tool: freemind
Presentations – and “presentations” software was used not only to prepare slides to be presented, but also to draw schemata and to reason about them. With the usage of notes and colors, presentation software has then been used as a kind of digital dashboard.
Lego bricks – every participants received by our wonderful facilitators three Lego bricks of different colors: blue, yellow and red. We had to raise them to indicate respectively: “I want to speak” “Off topic” “Too much detail”. A very simple way to force participants to follow rules for an effective exchange of views.