10 Reasons why you are jealous of my job

Field Report Image
Field Report Image

I took a quick poll of my co-workers this morning, asking what I should post a picture of that would make you all want to come work with me at the Advancement Project. The resulting photograph incorporated most of their feedback:

  1. Exercise balls (I wasn’t kidding about office yoga).
  2. Puppies (Beretta has been dubbed the “office dog”).
  3. Juice squeeze (All you can drink, baby).

Add that all up (plus a gorgeous Rock Band session in the conference room last Wednesday… not pictured unfortunately) and I would say everything at the Advancement Project (or “Poject” as our entryway said until recently when someone tacked the ‘r’ back on) is moving along just fine.

My supervisor got back from vacation mid-last week, so we were finally able to go over my VAD and hash out a game plan. She let me choose the areas I wanted to focus on and I made a handy little time line to get the ball rolling. (Now I can stare at my computer screen with purpose). I’ll upload a pdf for anyone who might need to make a timeline for their project; I’ve fallen in love with the format’s utility.

In other news, I was able to attend a workshop that Healthy City (my branch of the Advancement Project) put on at The California Endowment this past week, and it was a great opportunity to see people using the sight and observe what aspects give them trouble. Now I have a better sense of what areas of the website I should start with for usability testing, etc.

Well, that's pretty much it for now. I'm looking forward to hearing about what projects everyone else has been working on.

Peace y'all.

UCDTimeline_Aug23.pdf80.28 KB

Comment from Bill Brown on August 25, 2010 - 3:00pm

Howie and I need to get some of those exercise balls for sure...possibly cover our entire office with them. I'm glad things are rocking (literally) at the Advancement Project - Keep me in the loop when you start "Secondary Research: data visualization + maps" next month.

Comment from Philip Dahl on August 25, 2010 - 7:05pm

A puppy and all the juice you can drink? :-( I hate you.

Comment from Rachel Allen on August 31, 2010 - 4:06pm

What program did you make this timeline in?

Comment from Caitlin Flint on September 2, 2010 - 1:45pm

If I leave a response here, do those who have commented automatically find out about it? ...fingers crossed

I made the timeline in Adobe Illustrator, but you could probably do something similar with a table + some rectangles in word, or with the shape tools in power point. Even better: pencil and paper (If I can avoid using microsoft office, I will). How it's made doesn't really matter; I just love the format because I get a granular list view and a big picture sense all at once. (P.S. loved your ship metaphor!)

Comment from Michael Ewing on September 13, 2010 - 6:23pm

That timeline is amazing! I'm definitely going to put one together too. Hooray for visual people.