How we survived a pandemic: Part 2 – Music, spice and other things nice
This is a conversational blog post (cross-posted here) between Martin Hawksey (@mhawksey) and Maren Deepwell (@marendeepwell). We are using this approach to create some space to think together in ‘unprecedented times’. It’s open leadership in practice and in pandemic times. For regular readers this is a slight departure from our regular ‘Virtual Teams’ posts (you […]
How we survived a pandemic: Part 1 – No kind of normal
We are using this approach to create some space to think together in ‘unprecedented times’. It’s open leadership in practice and in pandemic times. For regular readers this is a slight departure from our regular ‘Virtual Teams’ posts taking a broader view of work whilst midst global pandemic.
A bulk email/mail merge with Gmail and Google Sheets solution evolution using V8
Last year I had a ‘mail merge using Gmail and Google Sheets’ contribution accepted on the G Suite Developers Solution Gallery. Just over 6 months on there has been lots of useful feedback and requests for solutions to some of the limitations of the original published script. In the meantime Google has also made the new V8 runtime for Google Apps Script generally available. Given this it seemed appropriate to revisit the original solution updating it for V8 as well as covering the most commonly asked for changes. In this post I’ll highlight some of the coding changes as well as some easy modifications.
Everything a Google Apps Script Developer wanted to know about reading hyperlinks in Google Sheets … but was afraid to ask
I’ll start off by saying this is a very geeky post and if you’ve landed here because you are struggling with extracting hyperlinks in Google Sheets then you might prefer to jump straight to Alexander Ivanov’s Extract URL’s Add-on or alternatively the Info Inspired post Extract URLs in Google Sheets Without Script. The problem: hyperlinks in Google Sheets can be in three different formats…
Tips for using Google Sheets for event programme planning
At the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) hosting large events is a regular activity and over the years we have developed bespoke workflows largely based in Google Sheets. In this post I’m going to share some of the tips we use for scheduling our events including drafting/publishing an event programme and how to keep in touch with your presenters.
Google Apps Script Patterns: Writing rows of data to Google Sheets the V8 way
Currently one of the most popular posts on this site is my Google Apps Script Patterns: Writing rows of data to Google Sheets. Given Google’s recent announcement of the general availability of the new V8 runtime I thought it was worth revisiting this particular pattern and using the modern syntax now available to Google Apps Script developers.
Virtual Teams: So you’ve just become a remote team leader … what next? Tips on adjusting
In this post I want to share some advice and ideas for all the team leaders and managers who have suddenly inherited a virtual team. This advice comes from over two years working with my boss, Association for Learning Technology (ALT) CEO Maren Deepwell, transitioning ALT from a ‘traditional’ office based organisation to one that is fully distributed.
Repost: Openness in the age of surveillance
This is a cross-post from OpenScot.net on 28 February 2020. Less than a month on and OER20 has been impacted by the global situation and has had to move online. A number of the face-to-face sessions will no longer be run but a number will be and there is now free registration available for the reduced online programme.
Virtual Teams: Moving parts
Welcome to this month’s post (cross-posted here) in which we, that is Maren Deepwell (@marendeepwell) and Martin Hawksey (@mhawksey), openly share our approach to leading a virtual team. If this is your first time visiting this post series or you’d like to review previous posts go to our Virtual Teams summary page. This month we […]
Human Data Interaction … and spreadsheets: Retaking ownership in the age of surveillance
… if you enjoy this post you might want to register for the online SheetsCon conference 11th – 12th March 2020. Registration is free and there is a great lineup of speakers … and me 😉 On Friday I had the honour of speaking at a @HDINework workshop in Edinburgh for ALT with my boss […]