Audrey Log/September 2013

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NOTE: Mon, 30 Sep & Fri, 27 Sep

Out of office (comp days for 13/14 Sep)

Thurs, 26 Sep

Day off due to car trouble (vacation day)

Wed, 25 Sep

Tues, 24 Sep

  • Flash Mob email is highly successful with a 33.51% open rate in less than 24 hours; 4 new names to TTCS
  • Added Xavier University's Sustainability Program to the touch point database
  • Updated blog compiling document; uploaded and shared photos of the LifeTrac 6 build, the Microhouse foundation prep & the infrastructure improvement (gravel roads!); also highlighted what I believe is important to the LifeTrac 6 build re: improved quality of steel, improved logistics obtaining steel, utilizing Best Practices from LFT 5, etc.
  • Updated Staff Meeting slides for TCM
  • Updated Bed Logistics
  • Updated DPV Tracker with Cody H offer acceptance, emailed Cody with DPV sponsors name/info and welcome letter
  • Microhouse: helped with Bed Logistics and am verifying attendance of two tentative volunteers
  • Corresponded with Dorkmo about 50 hp power cube & Microhouse
  • Uploaded recipes to Recipes; added to link to Factor e Farm Community Standards
  • Created folders for blank Medical Insurance forms and Liability Release & Waiver forms for the HabLab announcement board; made form dropbox location in the office

Mon, 23 Sep

Goals for the Week:

  1. Establish Work Day program
  2. Complete outreach plan : support materials & budget
  3. Media strategy / plan
  4. Complete residual tasks from previous weeks

Recap from Last Week:

  1. Develop Specialized DPV App Process (#8-13 in TCM schedule) -- protocols & templates -- Still INW
  2. Complete outreach plan -- Done


  • Integrated Product Development Schedule into Volunteer page
  • Extended offer to Cody H., awaiting response
  • Researching open source or free mass texting services
  • Sent Tech Team Culturing Survey info to Flash Mob listserv via Mail Chimp ... 193 possible new subscribers to Design Sprints, newsletters, etc
  • Corresponded with several collaborators requesting information about a DPV, microhouse participation, remote project via University, how to build a tractor, etc
  • Modified/updated [1]

Fri, 20 Sep

  • Completed updates to Volunteer page
  • Sourced/picked up 50 1" washers from Sweiger
  • Interviewed Cody Harrison for DPV; updated DPV Tracker with interview notes and offer
  • During LFT 6 Production Meeting, Marcin requested weo obtain day labor : called Mark Greer of Maysville to gauge interest
  • Began putting together hydraulics for LFT 6

Thurs, 19 Sep

  • Participated in LFT 6 Production Meeting
  • Updated TCM schedule in PM; incorporated changes from routing feedback
  • Newsletter / Design Sprint announcement sent to community; updated Development Status & Needs with latest sprint agenda and updated links to Design Sprint and Events pages.
  • Updated DPV Tracker with Cody H details -- interview scheduled for 20 Sep; assisted with t-shooting picture loading capes
  • Workshop: replaced bolts and added washers/self-locking bolts to cab & power cube modules; found 24 bolts were missing washers...and we are short; going to source additional washers tomorrow from Sweiger &/or MoKan; need root cause analysis of error
  • Found work instructions lacked bolt pattern instructions--stumbled over 1 instance where bolt pattern mattered...penciled in to WI for incorporation--but believe we need to review each area for critical bolt insertion (i.e. where inserting bolts from one side or the other will effect range of motion of other parts)
  • Imported OSE Smart Mob contact list to a new list in MailChimp -- going to invite them to sign up for TTCS or new listserv, plus give them an update on current OSE projects, new org structure, ways to volunteer, etc.

Wed, 18 Sep

Goals for the Week:

  1. Develop Specialized DPV App Process (#8-13 in TCM schedule) -- protocols & templates
  2. Complete outreach plan

Recap from Last Week:

  1. Establish notional University Tour schedule and ID support materials, etc; send announcement to universities - INW
  2. ID volunteer position descriptions - categorize by need (primary, secondary, tertiary) and develop primary descriptions - done


  • Participated in Production Meeting: Notes
  • Corresponded with several people interested in assisting with the Microhouse build
    • Questions to OM: Is Chris' team staying at HabLab, camping, hotel? Bed availability? Dates? What is the Microhouse schedule? The schedule in PM is not complete...when are we making forms?
  • Corresponded with Jonathan M re: possible university trip to BYU for ED presentation
  • Updated DPV Tracker with Cody H details
  • Added Rob B as tentative Microhouse participant to Microhouse Prep / Checklist & DPV Tracker (see Work Day tab)
  • Updated OSE Design Sprint page with 21 Sep announcement and 28 Sep Sprint status (i.e. we will not be hosting a Sprint); and updated Events page
  • Updated blog with announcement of University Tour
  • Answered Site Development Questions--I believe we need to have a staff discussion as a some of these questions will impact OSE's strategic vision (i.e. are we going to get into aquaponics in the future?)

Tues, 17 Sep

  • Updated calendar & bed logistics for Dan B -- DPV arrival
  • LT6 Production notes
  • Assisted Katie with gravel research & site plan for parking, roads & walkways
  • Slipped and fell on muddy walkway near HabLab -- hurt knee @ ER all afternoon
  • Corresponded with several potential collaborators wrt the Microhouse

Mon, 16 Sep

Sun, 14 Sep

  • Participated in Production Meeting; cut bonding plates; picked Rob up at the airport; hosted OSE morale event -- attended by Rob, Katie, Gary, James, Emmett & Lucas

Sat, 13 Sep

  • Updated Tech Team Culturing Survey and Mail Chimp list with a volunteer's new email address
  • Coordinated use of DPV for shop clean up...we need to get ready to build a tractor!
  • Cleaned the workshop and prepped material to cut; manually recorded shop inventory (wifi password did not work for OSEtwo); cut 4x4 steel beams
  • Purchased ear p;lugs and grease tubes at True Value...picked up more ear plugs, duct tape & limestone at Home Depot Sat evening
  • Prepped food and beverage for Potluck dinner on 14 Sep

Fri, 12 Sep

  • Lost 45 minutes of work productivity due to internet connectivity issues...cleaned the office and de-cobwebbed the HabLab instead
  • Modified Product Development Schedule with bigger font for readability in integrated pages
  • Updated Staff and Contractors page on the wiki with current OSE staff members
  • Corresponded with several potential volunteers re: Design Sprint participation
  • Picked up small generators that were repaired in St Joe
  • Continued Academia Tour Plan...coordinating possible BYU speaking engagement in Nov

Thurs, 12 Sep

  • Provided input to the blog -- highlighted Emmett's arrival as our first Video Documentation DPV, highlighted current work that Lucas and James are supporting, and included a plug for volunteers. I also asked that a standard statement be included in all future blog posts that inform people how to get involved.
  • Provided comments and input to Microhouse Project Pitch Sept 11, 2013 for submission to the foundation. Would like to see these types of documents earlier to provide input from a strategic and community management point of view.
  • 11 Sep newsletter has achieved a 20.4% open rate to date; will keep monitoring. Going to slightly change the format for future publications; click rate is high at 4.6% to industry std 3.5%, monitoring...
  • Updated Main Page with current Product Development Schedule; updated PDS with current build schedule slippage
  • 2013-2014 Academia Tour Plan v.9-12-13

Wed, 11 Sep

  • Updated DPV Tracker with Dan B offer
  • Coordinating with possible Work Day volunteer: Josh from Kansas City
  • MailChimp: Our newsletter for the week of 3 Sep achieved a 22% open rate; up almost 5% from the previous week
    • Updated Tech Team Culturing Survey with new sheet that autoupdates and feeds into Mail Chimp listserv with fewer steps
    • Researching how to auto feed True Fans list into listserv
  • Stopped by GVS Graphics (101 W. Jackson, Maysville MO)to get a quote on embroidery for shirts & screen printing for a table cloth with OSE logo
    • Embroidery for shirt: right breast pocket, 3-4" : $90 digitization set up fee (one time fee); $8-10 per shirt (estimate)
    • Tablecloth : image approx 12" tall - estimating 3 colors/screen, $15 per screen for set up, $10 for imprint; we could also use older OSE logo (two colors?)
  • Updated OSE Facebook page admin access to include all members of Exec Staff

Tues, 10 Sep

Goals for the Week:

  1. Establish notional University Tour schedule and ID support materials, etc; send announcement to universities
  2. ID volunteer position descriptions - categorize by need (primary, secondary, tertiary) and develop primary descriptions

Recap from Last Week:

  1. Complete and begin implementing DPV Recruitment and Management - 2013 Strategic Plan; complete volunteer position descriptions for: 3D Designer, Fabricator, engineer (mech, ag & power electronics), web developer; UPDATE: still INW
  2. Complete TCM project planning in PM; UPDATE: Done, sending to staff for review
  3. Recruiting outreach; UPDATE: on-going


  • Sourcing tires for LifeTrac6 6 - called Tom's New & Used Tires, (816) 279-2527, 1925 Frederick Ave, Saint Joseph, MO 64501 -- no tires of that size available. He said to call back, they get a new truckload daily. Also checked TSC and found these -- sent to Lucas & Gary
  • Updated TCM schedule in PM; exporting for routing / approval of Exec Staff
  • Created OSE Staff Internal Routing / Approval Tracker...shared with Exec Staff for feedback/comments
  • Tried to export PM to Open Office version of excel, but failed. Will try to export from the pdf so I can post the TCM schedule for review /comment to the staff
    • Was able to export to Open Office on my home computer, sent to team via OSE Staff Internal Routing / Approval Tracker
  • Stopped at Used tire dealers in Leavenworth; one suggested the size tire we are likely looking for is 235/85R16. Confirming tire size with Lucas & Gary.
  • Stopped at Stitch by Stich Custom Embroidery (305 Cherokee, Leavenworth KS, 913-680-0404, POC Sherri Stich) to get quote to have OSE Logo embroidery done -- actual costs can be determined after the logo has been converted / set up in their system; there is a $25 one-time fee for this service; the estimate for a 3-4" logo on the right breast of a polo or button-up shirt is $10-15 if we have under 20 items done. Will look for 2 more quotes.
  • Participated in 1:45 min meeting with Exec team and CAF
  • Emailed to exec staff sample key duties, tasks & responsibilities document I used on active duty to track recurring tasks (prompted from staff meeting discussion)
  • Updated OSE Design Sprint page with correct link to Sep 14th Sprint; updated Events page to include updated Design Sprint info, updated Tractor build info, and expanded Microhouse build schedule

NOTE: Doc appointment today; will work additional 3 hours this evening

Mon, 9 Sep

  • Updating Staff Meeting slides
  • Received DPV availability from Dan B, sending official offer; DPV app for D. Jensen loaded to wiki, added new potential DPV - Cody Harrison -- all updates in DPV tracker; emailed info to possible DPVs accordingly
  • ID'd Primary/secondary/tertiary position descriptions; researched/updated agriculture positions; updated Volunteer Position Descriptions
  • Reviewed / updated TCM schedule in PM
  • Added Cody Harrison to DPV tracker; coordinated with Cody on next steps

Fri, 6 Sep

  • Formatted new OSE laptop -- OSE-02; loaded open office, printer driver, google chrome, formatted bookmarks, etc
  • Accepted large FedEx delivery from Surplus Center (took 45 min to unload from truck and place into workshop x 3 people), inventory still needs to be done
  • Updated DPV tracker with updated status of DPV (Emmett) and current correspondence for David J; assigned Rob as DPV sponsor for Emmett
  • 5 Sep Newsletter stats from Mail Chimp: 17.9% open rate -- up by .4% from last week
    • Added Adrian & Colby to distro, deleted Lucas' Berea account info
  • Luncheon with Lucas & James S -- great morale booster, said goodbye to James (for now)
  • COMPLETED TCM schedule in PM!!!! Now for the execution!
  • Hunting down the owner of the Join a Flash Mob database that was on the Wiki Main page...need to migrate contacts to other databases and change ownership of product -- Katie reached out to Aaron for possible intel

Thurs, 5 Sep

  • Updated Main Page to redirect collaborators to the Tech Team Culturing Survey and to enroll in our Newsletter Listserv; deleted list for signing up for Flash Mob--migrating Hackathon list to OSE listserv
  • Developed first iteration of the weekly OSE newsletter and sent to listserv, to include Design Sprint update
    • Linked Mail Chimp list to the Tech Team Culturing Survey so it will auto update (!!!!!!)
    • Incorporated button functions to streamline access to Tech Team Culturing Survey & True Fan pages
    • Added social media sharing capabilities; need to link to OSE's twitter & Facebook accounts
  • Updated DPV Tracker
    • Confirmed Emmett's DPV, set appt for informationa telecon; assigned Lucas as his DPV sponsor
    • Participated in Staff Meeting--discussed tractor slip schedule and feedback to Dan B to set up dates for October DPV
  • Reviewed blog comments and provided information to commentators wrt how to volunteer

Tues, 3 Sep

Goals for the Week:

  1. Complete and begin implementing DPV Recruitment and Management - 2013 Strategic Plan; complete volunteer position descriptions for: 3D Designer, Fabricator, engineer (mech, ag & power electronics), web developer
  2. Complete TCM project planning in PM
  3. Recruiting outreach

Recap from Last Week:

  1. Implementing DPV Recruitment and Management - 2013 Strategic Plan; complete volunteer position descriptions for: 3D Designer, Fabricator, engineer (mech, ag & power electronics)-- UPDATE: completed plan; implementing strategy; need to finish position descriptions
  2. Complete & integrate top level schedule into Wiki Landing pages (Wiki Main, Events, Volunteer, DPV pages)-- completed; need to integrate into wiki


  • Updated DPV Tracker for Dan B - interview, references update, & recommendation for an offer; drafted offers for 2 DPV apps INW--sent to reporting authority for review/input
  • Updating DPV Recruitment and Management - 2013 Strategic Plan
  • Updated PM for TCM projects--80% complete
  • Responded to numerous volunteer inquiries or DPV reference responses
  • Participated in Exec Staff Meeting
  • Migrated August log inputs to older entries; started Sept input
  • Researched PM for ways to archive old schedules--several options, reported in staff meeting
  • Researched ways to segregate MailChimp listservs...ongoing

Mon, 2 Sep


  • Worked on Mail Chimp newsletter template