Mistakes :

When we updated the website our mistakes section went missing!

Oops! When we moved to the new website we made it too difficult to access the mistakes section.

Mistakes :

We gave the wrong response date to applicants

We miscommunicated internally and mistakenly sent an email to all the amazing Bootcamp 4 applicants

Mistakes :

Recruitment process improvements

We always underestimate how hard it will be to make decisions on applicants, and as the number and quality of applications increase - this only gets harder! 

Mistakes :

Adapting to a new pedagogy takes time

We're allocating more time for staff training so we can share skills internally.

Mistakes :

We underestimated how much supporting mentors can help

We've learned how important it is to 'see' how mentoring happens, and what the impact of transformative relationships can be for Bootcampers.

Mistakes :

We overestimated how much we could do in a week

We're going to try even harder to listen to one another when one of us voices the need for reassessing our plans and timelines

Mistakes :

We wasted time visiting a venue that wasn’t fully accessible

When speaking to venues Michelle now specifies in more detail, that she needs "fully accessible bathrooms, that are a walk-in wet room, with no baths or shower cubicles/edges".

Mistakes :

We’re not sharing our learning internally well enough

From now on there'll be time blocked out during work time for us to debrief on our learnings from any training so it doesn't get left behind or forgotten about. 

Mistakes :

Our Next Meetup Speaker Ratio is 75% male

We're mapping out our next meetups for the coming year and will make sure we return to modelling gender equity in our events and trainings.

Mistakes :

We Matched Mentors to Bootcampers after Bootcamp

Our mentor matching system isn't perfect and we're working on mapping out a more structured system

Mistakes :

The venue we used for the party wasn’t inclusive and was very noisy

We're looking into places where we can have a party that serves all members of the community, and somewhere we can control the music and noise levels more easily!

Mistakes :

The campaign scenario became too intense

In future we’re going to have a briefing at the start of every scenario to outline what actions are and are not appropriate. We won’t hesitate in future to suspend the scenario if we have any worries

Mistakes :

Not all the trainers received their thank-you gift

Michelle was so busy with all the moving parts at Bootcamp in October that a few of our lovely trainers didn't receive their thank you gift before they hopped in their taxi

Mistakes :

We nearly ran out of beds

We discovered that actually the venue hadn't checked there would be enough beds. After a bit of scramble it's all OK now, everyone will have a nice bed to sleep in.

Mistakes :

We weren’t setting people us for success when applying to Bootcamp 3

We have updated the application to provide more prompts to help people know what we're looking for from answers.

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