Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Skills Matrix

As part of our leason learnt process following UAT cycle 1, we identified a need for a method of assigning defects and queries to those with specific skills.  To this end, I found the following free Skill Matrix webpages based on the Toyota Lean (Kaisen) Skills Matrix. 

Original Skills Matrix
Improved Version

This was just what we needed, however, we did identify the following elements missing from it:

  • Inability to filter on skills
  • Inability to produce MI reporting
  • Potential problems from a User Interaction point of view
With this in mind we amended the Skills Matrix to allow these issues to be resolved.

Filtered and Reportable Version

To edit the spreadsheet you will need to 'Unprotect' the sheets, please remember to 'Protect' them again as this makes the User Interaction better and is used for the MI to be enabled.  (The Calculations tab uses the Unprotected Cells to display the values to be used in MI)

MI and Reporting is not yet completed, but you will be able to easily extract the information from this page. 

Feel free to use and amend as you require... but it would be nice if you shared your improvement with myself and he original site.


Tuesday, 23 November 2010

International Calling

I am so happy to announce that I can now reveal details of the international call some months back...

The next year will bring many new and exciting challenges for me, as I will now be undertaking the role of Multinational Business Analyst within Ceridian.  I have tonight received a call to confirm that the offer has been made and all that is left is for my current and new line managers to negotiate the date on which I start my new role.

Remember, Remember that this is Movember

On the 1st of November, I shaved off the goatee, and along with a number of other colleagues vowed not to shave our top lips until 1st of December... why???

The Mo, slang for moustache, and November come together each year for Movember. 

Movember challenges men to change their appearance and the face of men’s health by growing a moustache. The rules are simple, start Movember 1st  clean shaven and then grow a moustache for the entire month.  The moustache becomes the ribbon for men’s health, the means by which awareness and funds are raised for cancers that affect men.  Much like the commitment to run or walk for charity, the men of Movember commit to growing a moustache for 30 days. 

 To view my progress and donate please go to: