Citizens Advice Data Science team — our regular forums

This is a quick post about the regular forums and practices we have as a team.

Context

The point here is that we want to keep our time in meetings to a minimum while making sure we are working well together as a group. Historically the structure and responsibilities of the data specialists in our organisation led to siloed or isolated working, and we have been working to change that.

At the start of 2022 we instituted the following regular forums and practices:

Priorities for the week

Weekly check out

Leads meeting

Monthly delivery session

The labels that we apply to our work help us to track progress against our strategic goals.

Monthly development and well being session

Away day

Retrospective

We also use this retrospective to reflect on how our team practices are going. The last time we did this we concluded that they were working well for us.

I think it averages out between one and two hours a week. This feels balanced, particularly when people can get very busy with meetings.

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Dan Barrett

Head of Data Science at Citizens Advice. These are my personal thoughts on work.