Sign up now for scrutinymeetup #15: Work planning for the win 🥇

Sponsored by ScrutinyMeetup #15: Work planning for the win 🥇 2.00-4.00, Thursday 25th March This topic came top of the poll when we asked participants at the February meetup. And who doesn’t love a good scrutiny work plan? We’ll (probably) be running this meetup as a Triz – also known as the ‘anti-problem technique’, it follows …

Read more

Meetup notes: What are we gonna do with our annual report?

Sponsored by: We thoroughly enjoyed our annual report themed meetup and thank you to the 50 participants. Special thank yous of course to the three fishes who took part in the excellent fishbowl conversation; Catherine, Camilla and Julia. Please watch the video and check out the poll results and notes. Plenty to give you inspiration …

Read more

Sign up now for Meetup #13: Open space

Sponsored by ScrutinyMeetup #13: You choose the topics 14.00- 16.00, 19th January 2021 No theme this time. Following a suggestion from a couple of our participants, this meetup will be ‘open space’ – we will give you the chance to choose the topics for the breakout rooms and then decide which breakout rooms you go …

Read more

In practice: How can we improve our scrutiny annual reports?

This is a guest post from Catherine Buckley at Knowlsey Council. Thanks Catherine!   Each year we all complete an annual report. Generally speaking they cover the work of the function over the past year, edited highlights, perhaps a bit of impact, feedback/insight and maybe some information on where scrutiny has added value or what …

Read more

Meetup notes: Design your perfect scrutiny officer

At this scrutinymeetup we did two things – an informal review to help us plan ahead and a longer activity looking at the strengths we might associate with the perfect scrutiny officer. Also we had a tenuous robot theme for some reason or other. Review of the meetups Here are people’s thoughts on the meetups …

Read more

Activity instructions – meetup #12

Here are the instructions for meetup #12 – design your perfect scrutiny officer. We publish these for participants to refer to during the meetups. Nine Minute Networking Two rounds of nine minutes in threes (or fours) Talking points: What’s something you like about the meetups? What’s something you might change? What might be a good …

Read more

Sign up now for ScrutinyMeetup #12: Design your perfect scrutiny officer

Sponsored by ScrutinyMeetup #12: Design your perfect scrutiny officer 14.00- 16.00, 26th November 2020 Following a suggestion from one of our participants, this meetup will be looking at the qualities needed to be a super scrutiny officer. As you know, this role has many different dimensions. At different times you might be have to be …

Read more

Meetup notes: Demonstrating the effectiveness of scrutiny

This meetup was all about how to demonstrate the effectiveness of scrutiny. We tried a new liberating structure called Triz. And we tried using Google Jamboards for the group work for the first time. Both worked really well. Hooray! We also had a tenuous disaster movie theme. Matt likes to call Triz ‘Twister’, so that …

Read more