Category Archives: Strategy

Time to Hibernate

Dublin City Council beta is being put into ‘hibernation’. I’d like to explain why, and what this means.

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Beta Projects – Policy and Place

People discussing new ideas often find themselves doing two things at the same time – discussing general and wide-ranging policy, and discussing the detail of implementation at a specific location or within a specific community. Beta Projects therefore can be split into two types – Beta Project policy and … Continue reading

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The 1% Dublin Difference

Update: 19/07/16 This concept is being updated as “Many Hands” with the following logo… ManyHands.ie redirects to this page until we figure out how best this concept might be used.   Original Post: 28/10/14 We’d like to have a conversation about … Continue reading

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Beta Fair Time

Trials only need to last as long as you’re learning…but sometimes they may need to be kept in place for longer. We’re calling this Beta Fair Time.Please use the hashtag #BetaFairTime on social media to help everyone follow the conversation.

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8 reasons why Beta Projects are removed

People regularly ask as to why Beta Projects are removed, and we’d like to explain the thinking behind it, and welcome a discussion. Please use the hashtag #DCCbeta on social media to help us and everyone else follow the conversation.

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Beta Project Report Cards

At the end of a Beta Project, we’d like to let people know how the trial went, what we measured, how feedback and suggestions were taken into account, and what the outcomes of the trial are going to be. We’re calling this … Continue reading

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Using Products

What approach should Dublin City Council Beta Projects adopt when a physical item is required for a trial?

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Dublin City Beta Projects – Status Update

In January 2012, Shane Waring of  the City Architects Division of Dublin City Council proposed that an idea be explored as a “City Architects 10% Innovation Time Project”. This was approved by Ali Grehan, the City Architect and so within two months the Beta Projects went live (Beta’s ‘birthday’ is … Continue reading

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Project Champions

A. (Awareness of the issue/opportunity for Dublin.) We’d like to explore the idea of ‘Project Champions’ – certain people leading, administering, and facilitating others to carry out certain roles in their community.

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Themed Kanban Tables

This is just to begin some of the explanation around this idea, and we don’t expect it will make 100% sense as yet. We’re going to look at creating what we’re calling (working title!) Themed Kanban Tables.

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6 Themes

We haven’t particularly mentioned them to date, but Dublin City Beta Projects uses 6 themes when trying to prioritise which Beta Projects macro to next work on. (Also see the blog sidebar where they’re shown.) (This image was taken as … Continue reading

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1% Metrics

Update 25/09/14: We have simplified these to bring them down from 14 to 10 metrics. We’ve done this by combing some of the metrics (the 3 ‘area perception’ ones, and the 3 ‘sustainability’ ones). We’ve also changed the ‘Sustainability’ metric to be ‘Sustainability and … Continue reading

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0.01% Innovation Fund

We’ve been thinking about the idea of a 0.01% Innovation Fund for Dublin, and we’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions. (Pictured here is the Street Feast we went to, and munched at, at Dublin’s Urban Farm.)

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1% Innovation Fund

We’ve agreed a 3 month trial of a ‘1% Innovation Fund’ with one of our Area Offices. The thinking (the experiment) is that such a 1% Innovation Fund might be used to explore ways to better stretch the Business As … Continue reading

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Beta 2.0

We began a trial a year or so ago. We wanted to create a mechanism whereby Dublin was able to experiment in order to test ideas that it felt might improve the City. We weren’t quite sure what it was that … Continue reading

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