In the spirit of transparency and candour, Kevin and Jill publish weeknotes reflecting on the what and why for their team.

Jill’s notes

A good friend and colleague reminded me this week that:

hard stuff is hard… because it is hard, and if it wasn’t hard it would be done already… also if it wasn’t hard… you would be bored…

Truthbomb. I do find I have to remind myself of that fact. I love hard. I love challenges. And I love the emotion of it all — no matter how taxing that can sometimes be. This week’s theme: The setup continues.


In the spirit of transparency and candour, Kevin and Jill publish weeknotes reflecting on the what and why for their team.

Kevin’s notes

Witness MVW (minimum viable weeknotes) in action. I’m running full cognitive gas right now with work and school, so my bandwidth for deeper reflection in this space is limited. But it was a constructive week, and I’m grateful as always for the fine folk I’m privileged to work alongside.

Only new mistakes

This is the mantra (thanks rumon carter). We’ve done enough real-time retros on Parks challenges lately, and we’ve new momentum and energy for critical delivery goals. …


In the spirit of transparency and candour, Kevin and Jill publish weeknotes reflecting on the what and why for their team.

Jill’s notes

We are 6-months old! It’s really 7-months since I started in February, but I affectionately like to take a soft average since Kevin joined us in late March. We’ve embedded ourselves within the ministry, built trust with staff and delivered.

“Try not to become a [person] of success, but rather become a [person] of value” — Albert Einstein

We’ve done a lot in a short time so forgive the length. It seems minimal to put each of these in…


In the spirit of transparency and candour, Kevin and Jill publish weeknotes reflecting on the what and why for their team.

Kevin’s Notes

This… was a tough week for a few reasons. First, the existential angst of summer’s end crept upon me, as with school firing up again next week, my free time will be reduced to approximately zero. Second, I was proper fatigued from a casual 20-hour stroll in the woods last weekend, and this type of physical drain tends to affect my mental stamina as well, manifesting as a low-grade languor with a hint of depression. …


In the spirit of transparency and candour, Kevin and Jill publish weeknotes reflecting on the what and why for their team.

Jill’s notes

And we’re back. With three weeks of reflection under my belt, a few indulgent days of food and drink, and a new respect for the cooling effects of aloe vera, here we are.

The Kool-Aid mascot jumping through a wall with excitment on one side and the text “Less This” and a picture of Cowichan Lake with floaties and a paddle board, very calm and the text “More This”
Current mental state post-vacation — thank you Cowichan Lake, B.C.

In full transparency (as always), this week hit me hard. I’ve noticed a post-vacation pattern and will use it as a frame for my notes this week:

Monday

You return from vacation, block some time to wade through hundreds of emails and meet with your team. Ease…


In the spirit of transparency and candour, Kevin and Jill are publishing weeknotes reflecting on the what and why for their team.

Kevin’s notes

End of a big week, and heading into a week off — I am proper tired. I feel my weeknotes are of a higher quality if I write them later in the weekend, as writing on this Friday afternoon I feel the general haze of meetings, a warm home office, and 40-odd hours of work to reflect on. Oh and the aftermath of my 2nd dose (although big shoutout to our incredible healthcare system). …


In the spirit of transparency and candour, Kevin and Jill are publishing weeknotes reflecting on the what and why for their team.

Jill’s notes

Productive. The week was filled with prep, briefings, and meaningful conversations. This week's big takeaway was how important collaboration (and making time for it) across government is. As I sprint towards nearly three weeks of planned August vacation, it certainly feels like the pressure to get things done is mounting. I was reminded of two important things by my team of coaches and mentors that I’m attempting to adhere to:

  • Listen. You really don’t know what is going…

In the spirit of transparency and candour, Kevin and Jill are publishing weeknotes reflecting on the what and why for their team.

Kevin’s notes

A short week here, only 2x days. I was on a whirlwind road trip with stops in the Crowsnest Pass and Edmonton, clocking a casual 40 hours of driving in 6 days (note: not recommended). YEG provided an opportunity to check in with my former colleague, dear friend, and design leader Davis Levine, hearing about the work he’s been up to with advanced education at GOA (Government of Alberta). Quite mature design processes in action and common challenges…


In the spirit of transparency and candour, Kevin and Jill are publishing weeknotes reflecting on the what and why for their team.

Jill’s Notes

I love talking about governance and successful digital transformation. It feels nice to be in the circle of trust with my colleagues. But I can’t unsee the basics: Who are you designing for, and what problem are you trying to solve?

I heard a colleague say today:

We have to get the system to where we need it

and I said back, I think what you mean is:

We have to get to where our users need us…


In the spirit of transparency and candour, Kevin and Jill are publishing weeknotes reflecting on the what and why for their team.

Kevin’s notes:

I enjoyed a three day week, taking the Friday to hop over to Squamish to climb a few classics that have been lingering on my list. I took pause Thursday to reflect on the Canadian experience; the concept of the nation and the project which has brought us to the present. The cost of this conquest to Indigenous peoples. The intersections of pervasive socioeconomic inequity and the climate crisis. My complicity in its destructive effects and my commitment…

Service Transformation @ ENV (BC Gov)

notes and reflections from Jillian Carruthers (Executive Director) and Kevin Ehman (Director, Strategic Design) at the Service Transformation Branch

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