Bonus points and miserable weather

It was a real shame the highly trailed top-of-the-table local-derby Friday-night-televised-extravaganza that was Bristol vs Glos ended up being played in such atrocious conditions. That said, sometimes rugby is simply about who drops the ball the least and Glos couldn’t hold on to the slippery ball the way Bristol did. The better team on the night won, but it was disappointing to break our unbeaten streak in that manner. (And losing so many players to Andy Robinson’s fiasco of an England side didn’t help.)

What is also shown up by the result is the power of the bonus point. Wasps have got 7 bonus points from 9 matches, while Glos have only got 1. That’s essentially a win and a draw for free. We’re going to need to stop consistently scoring 3 tries and get that fourth one over the line every now and again or our place in the top few of the table will be seriously challenged, despite our record.

On being given another chance

It’s been taking place in the middle of the night so I’ve been pretending that the state of England’s performance in the Ashes isn’t important. The hell it isn’t. It’s been gnawing away at me ever since the match started.

When I woke up Thursday morning I was hopeful, but worried. We weren’t looking like we were bowling at anywhere near the strength we need to and their batting looked as dominating as ever.

When I woke up Friday morning to hear that they’d declared with over 600 and that we were 50 for 3 I all but gave up.

When I woke up yesterday morning to hear that they hadn’t enforced the follow on I wondered what on earth Ponting was up to. Surely the emphatic victory was what they wanted? Batting again might tire and demoralise England some more, but it also gave Steve Harmison chance to get his radar sorted (I said chance, he didn’t, but he could have) and the possibility of the batsmen getting themselves in order.

This morning then, I found myself with something to cheer about. And this might be Ponting’s mistake. We’d all but given up on this match. We were demoralised. We were beaten. Batting again, particularly with the risk of bad weather on day 5, he suddenly gave the opportunity for any sort of performance to feel like a positive. If they’d enforced the follow on the game would like as not have been over yesterday and we would be feeling that a series defeat was inevitable. Instead we’ve got 43 from Cook, 96 from Collingwod and 92no so far from Big Kev. It’s still unlikely that we’ll hold on for a draw, but we’re sure going to feel a hell of a lot better at the end of this match than we probably should have.

The Australians have already blamed Ponting for losing the Ashes once. Let’s hope that this is another early misstep that leads to him failing to regain them. It’s certainly nice to see him being so sporting and giving us a chance to get ourselves sorted out.

New walls please!

As Doug was talking about only today, we are currently pulling very hard into new territory on the planning and architecture front as the projects that we work on get bigger.

We’ve come to rely on a few tools along the way, and they’re a strange set. We started out using video cameras a lot to record planning sessions. Our goal was to find the least intrusive way of capturing everything. Ultimately though, all it left us with was a whole bucket of video tape and little way to really catalogue and review it. Instead, over the last 6 months we’ve settled on a much simpler set of tools:

  • A whiteboard
  • More index cards of various colours than you can imagine
  • A1 flipcharts
  • Camera phones (for taking pictures of the flip charts and white board)
  • EasyPrototype for turning photos into interactive click throughs

Our new found rapid ability to turn the flip chart scribbling into interactive prototypes led me to thinking about the old facilitators’ trick of covering the walls with huge sheets of paper for maximum doodling capacity. And then I saw PixelNotes. Pretty, and functional. Not sure Doug will let me do that to the office though.