Kerry came to UoE to help us with using JULES via ROSE on Jasmin.
There was a certificate and snacks and everything.
Billed as a comprehensive introduction to planning and managing a research project as well as commercial projects, this seemed like a useful course in light of the project plans that I have been/am putting together. It covered a few days worth of course in a short day, which is exactly how I like courses – very little messing around or padding, a lot of information.
My key take homes: have a goal and a plan; time, quality and cost, which one can you sacrifice?; use three point estimates to calculate time; watch the critical path; you need a WBS (work breakdown structure) and a network diagram; identify risks and disagreements early; all projects fail in planning, not execution.
Peer reviewing effectively and efficiently. The biggest take-home for me was that beyond 3 hours spent on a review, a review doesn’t improve. 2 hours is about the right amount of time.
The other nice bit of advice was to look for the message and claim in the abstract, then look for it again in the introduction, evidence for it in the results, and see if it is in the conclusion. If it is missing from any of those, probably there are problems.
The key things that I took from this are:
A tutorial on using the met office unified model for climate and weather prediction.
A whole range of tips on giving effective interviews infront of the camera, including what to wear, where to look and how to get across the message that you want told.
A vox training course, looking at how to be a good presenter.
My key take home: think about how you want the audience to feel, not just what you want to say. e.g. When you’re re-capping, you want to re-assure them. So use a re-assuring tone of voice. That’s totally different to the voice and gestures you’ll use when you want to inspire the audience.
Also: fall in love with the full stop. Silence increases the importance of what you’re saying. It gives gravitas.
The take home messages:
Potential Energy – presentation skills. 07/07/2012
IDL Foundation and Introduction to the UKMO/PP Library Course. 02/07/2012 – 03/07/2012