What the twtwtw?
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That Was, The Week, That Was! or TWTWTW, was born out of a need to communicate the practices, successes and to share in failures and lessons learned across a dynamic and highly motivated team of researchers from very different disciplines. The aim of the weekly summary is in part to ensure everybody knows and understands what everyone else in the Studio is doing – just so they can work out whether there are potential synergies and crossovers with their own work (and because they’re often connecting with stacks of other great researchers from all over so there’s always a chance to make a new connection). TWTWTW was also to encourage and celebrate our successes as there was no other forum to do this at the time of its inception. I’ve tried to stop – only because as we grow so does the task of pulling everything together on a weekly basis – but my colleagues tell me it is a very useful communication tool. We all operate in a complex and dynamic research environment so it’s good to foster a bit of team spirit and to mark our activities against progression towards delivering the media innovation studio research strategy. A monthly version of TWTWTW is also circulated to Heads of School and Senior managers who occasionally feed back into discussions, commenting on some of the activities presented in the summary document – advising on other areas of the university that may have shared interests and connecting a relatively small team to the much bigger picture.
Now we are automating the TWTWTW process by using Slack as the platform to capture the updates and package up in a weekly posting. Currently this is done via the integration of [twtwtw] on our teams Slack account. This allows all team members to include postings into the twtwtw update rather than from one individual. Since then we have introduced a public channel to post messages onto our public streams whether that be on the web or Twitter.