Week 6:06 agile on the beach Day 2

Renwick: Implementing the minimum viable organisation

Parks: Risks and Problems

Smith: Resilience as a continuous delivery Enabler

Halford: Awesome products inspiration or iteration

Gwen Diagram

James Birnie
Rich Ware Skybus

Apparently the hololens brings out the inner demon.. who could tell? 

Week 6:05 Agile on the Beach conference Day 1

Key Note Speaker Gerd Gigerenzer:

Hyde: Making the Jump from Design to Product

Sullivan: Using Neuroscince to build High Performance Teams

Aerospace Cornwall

Rashid: A gentle introduction to Neural Networks

Bridgewater and Walters: Agile to treat ADHD

I found this paper surprising as Bridgewater and Walters discussed how they has deployed Agile Methodology to help organise their personal and professional lives given that one partner has sever ADHD. This illustrates that Agile can be useful in many different arenas outside of app development. 

Stockwell: Adjusting research to the Agile World

GiffGaff bunch
Kerry Paulson

Week 6:03 Creative App Development Course Webinar

It was great to speak with other students from different years and take at look at their projects.

They showed their collaborative projects and their final projects which looked fantastic.

(Links to follow)

I introduced my project proposals and received some valuable advice which related to focus on your priorities and objectives and make sure you achieve at least one in each module. Also, focus on practical skills rather than the theory.

Week 6:02 Creative App Development Face to Face Event -Day 1

We began the day with a tour of the Campus and then we got stuck into the nitty gritty with some hands on practical experience with Arduino and some ‘simple’ electronics. I say simple this was very intense but invaluable for me as I’m particiluarly interested in how this could be applied to my fine art project ‘Shell’.

Digital – Analogue
We learned about how analogue is different to digital and that analogue is complex but given a value which we tell the computer to read given

Arduino UNO


Arduino Leonardo


We learned about components:



10k resistors
Sensors – such as a light sensor (we talked about how I could you memory wire and heat to open and close a flower for example)
Coil (How the current returns back to where it came from unless a diode is in place – as a diode has one directional flow)

Simply put there are sensors and actuators

We learned how to write simple code using Arduino (JavaScript)
If.. then statements

We wired an arduino to a breadboard and components so that we could

Control a switch on/off

Control a set of LED’s Red-yellow-green

Control a potentiometer (variable resistor) to control an array of neo pixels which were given a colour (which could have been any one of 244 colours) – Great potential for a pixelation project.

We were set a task to create a paper prototype which could collect the following data and represent it on an interactive screen.

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>46 Fish



Vote on the workshop
Not Good  

We used our knowledge to design an interactive board which

✔️Unique plastic bottle button press for jellyfish/fish/starfish
✔️A variable pixel led which could be varied so that the light turned from pink through purple to ✔️blue/pink/purple blended light – as a measure of a delegates maleness  or femaleness at that moment.
Bubble number for the continent
✔️red – yellow – green lights for the vote

(Paper prototype image here)

Week 6:00 Creative App Commerce Notes

What does success look like for me ?

Arts Context 
Helix (fine art research app)

Commercial Context 
Helix (fine art research app)
Fizhogg vision – quick clear concise vision document

(Business Opportunity/Creative Idea)

Business Models
Business plans

Match to your funder always

Venture capitalist
Angel Investors

Sweat equity – team value

Toastmasters and TED talk public speaking

Elevator pitch – 2 minutes max

Timed/competition pitch (pitch at palace) 3 minutes with 1 slide

Creative Pitch

Business/creative 50/50 pitch – know your audience – figures on beautiful images?

USP – Unique selling point

Research the market thoroughly.


I was a finance manager and worked in contract negations in the property industry for a few years in a previous life and I was self employed for 10 years but I do feel that although my skills are valuable I didn’t really pitch for funding for a ‘big idea’,  I rather delivered on short term contracts.

Now I’m at a stage in my life where I could devote time to a really cool ‘big idea’ I have two which are commercial and one which will be submitted to film festivals etc as it forms part of my personal Arts and research work (not quite so profitable commercially.. but maybe more so in my long term goals and plan).

I have some breathing space within this course to a) build my commercial skills b) nail a commercial venture and c) research & personal creative and artistic development…. in order of priority at this time.

The following ideals steer my creative decision making and I have answered to these for the last 10 years…

I ask if the project provides…

1. Financial Independence
2. Creative Freedom
3. Positive Societal Impact

I may not get all three and sometimes one is definitely more prominent than others but these three pillars support my role as a creative practitioner.

This helps me to define my motivation and be honest about it.

Next I think about the audience.. who I am pitching to and for what (money or resources?)

I always make sure I’ve done my research and sounded it out to trusted creatives before going any further.

I can pitch.. if nothing else I can find the values and benefits of a sell and pitch it accordingly.

I am also a good relationship builder and place a lot of emphasis on listening to needs and motivations.

App Development is a new field and I will need to navigate it carefully and take on board all the advice I can get!

But it’s all ‘doable’ 👍