Day 3 – Divide & Conquer

This morning we arrived to find that the brand new computers we unpacked were sadly, without an operating system. However, the team was able to  make use of their own laptops and the other computers available.

We set ourselves 3 main tasks for the morning;

Some of the problems required some combined brainpower.

1) Wrap up our work from day 1. Finish off the reviews and try use what we learnt from day 2 to solve some of the common issues.

2) Organize a rota to keep our private and wordpress blogs updated daily by different members of the team. Turns out I was the first victim of this new system.

Here’s me and my new form, ecstatic right?

3) And finally, we had to redesign the question evaluation form, make it easier to fill in. I chose to do this task because the other work seemed harder. I added some satisfying tick-boxes to the form – people love ticking boxes.
Just after lunch Nicola, arrived with a piece of paper announcing the 3 teams that the workload for writing questions would be. The teams were:

Post it notes, way more fun than your standard list. Edna was just pleased she got the pink team.

Team Yellow: Myself, George, Mi & Robert
Team Pink: Edna, Rhys, Sam & Jordan
Team Green: Mike C, Helen, Dan, Ben

At 2pm we went for a meeting with Nicola & Jon. It took us about 20 minutes to actually start the meeting, because we didn’t think the tables were very ‘meeting like’, so we moved them all around.

Jon introduced us to the Stack questions… in XML format. Which means we had to decode that, before we could even start writing our own questions. Fantastic.

The questions were grouped into topics and split between the 3 teams; Distributions (Pink), Vector (Green) and Fourier Transforms (Yellow). The largest and most unwanted topic, Matrices, was distributed equally across the teams.

For the rest of the day, everyone started writing up the questions they’d been allocated. At 5pm I decided to go home, but some keen cats kept working into the evening.

Mike W

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