Progress Report for January 11

Progress Report for January 11

  • Posted on: 11 January 2008
  • By: Colin

This is the first in a series of updates that I hope will help keep people informed about and involved in the project.

It was productive first full week in my new role as Project Manager. I had the opportunity to meet many of you and enjoyed seeing everyone's enthusiasm. The following is a list of some of the major developments. I hope it will provide some context for the progress we're making and the next steps ahead.

Wireless Network

There are some substantial issues that need to be addressed with regard to the wireless network at Newtowne Court. Decisions need to be made about where to place the wireless nodes and to ensure that residents keep the nodes plugged in at all times. More nodes will also be installed in the coming weeks. This is by far the most important issue that needs ongoing consideration.


The disk image (with the software to be installed) is being finalized for both the Windows and Mac computers. You can see my last post that includes the final list of software, not including iTunes and possibly Scratch. More Windows platform computers are being delivered to RSTA and the wireless cards on all computers will also be tested on the city network.

Intake & Skills/Tech Assessment

The program flyers and applications were completed this week. 50 flyers will be delivered to residents over the weekend and early next week. A larger mailing will take place later next week. One outstanding issue is that multilingual flyers and applications also need to be made available to residents. A target deadline also needs to be established for the intake assessment and questions remain as to who will be involved in this process. These are questions that we might address at the steering committee meeting next week.


The training subcommittee will meet next week to work on the curriculum for the 3 training sessions in February. Resources have been pulled together and the subcommittee will work towards developing a final curriculum to present to the group. Now that the software list has been established work in this area can resume next week.

Technical support

The first call center training with RSTA students began this week. It was a very successful first session. The next will take place on Jan. 23. Students will be designing the support categories and criteria to be used for the actual call center support for the project.


Group members have been collecting and sharing resources to use for evaluating the project. I hope more will be discussed on this topic at the steering committee meeting next week including steps forward.