Weeknotes: May 25 — May 29, 2020

This week I started a new position at Transport Canada! Last year when I was a Code for Canada fellow, my team posted weeknotes summarizing our work. I decided to start that again. The level of detail in these notes may vary, but I think it’s worthwhile to share.

Monday

Starting a new job during a pandemic is.. interesting. Thankfully I live close to Transport Canada headquarters, so I headed over Monday morning to pick up my equipment. The building was practically deserted. IT was set up in a room in the basement, with a setup so that techs could help you set up your equipment while maintaining 2m of distance.

Tuesday

Today I got a chance to sync up with my friend Robyn, who is the Product Lead on the team: we had worked together before, and she was the one who’d let me know about the team. Starting a new position (especially remote) is so much easier when you already know someone! I was able to ask her all these random questions to help get up to speed. I’m really looking forward to working with her.

Wednesday

Today I started to really dig into previous research, and start to work on a research plan. There was a plan before I started: initially the team was going to do a cross-country tour from Jan — March. Then that became April — June. (I had initially hoped to join the team early April).

Thursday

Thursday morning I pitched in to help out with a strategy communications workshop with some other members of my team. This was a great way for me to become more familiar with some proposed business architecture changes, and also learn a few new names. Afterwards, I drafted a quick survey for us to send out to respondents. My manager Simon provided translations for most of the questions. When we made a few edits to questions, I tried my hand at translating the others (with the help of linguee.fr and reverso.net, bien sur!) It wasn’t perfect, but it apparently wasn’t too bad, either. I’d love it if I got the opportunity to become more comfortable in French at work!

Friday

Friday was pretty meeting-heavy. I had the chance to meet some leads from other teams, had a check-in with my manager, had a good meeting with the other UX designer on the team, and then chatted with another product team about measurement and results. And now I’m writing these notes!

Sr UX Specialist with Canada Revenue Agency, former web dev and product person. 🔎 Lifelong learner. Unapologetic introvert. Plant-powered marathoner. Cat mom.

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