Last week, BJSS, a CommsCrowd client, won the TechWorld Award for best public sector project. It’s a genuinely cool project, re-engineering a very big data warehouse, bringing it in house, fully automating it and helping the NHS to save on human resource and money – both scarce commodities in the public sector these days.
|if you had to guess which one of us was not an |
award-winning software engineer, who would you pick?
The awards themselves were also impressive, in a transparently objective kind of way, projects were free to enter, award ceremony free to attend and they even gave an award to a company that couldn't make it – in all my days I’ve never seen that before – fair play.
So I am very pleased for my client, it’s a huge validation of the great work they are doing and I’m pretty pleased for us too. I didn’t write the award-winning software but I did have a hand in writing the award-winning entry.
Here’s some tips for drafting those perfect 1,000 words:
- Get buy in - you can’t do these on your own, work as close as you can with the client ping pong the entry back and forth until it's perfect.
- Allow enough time - we think it takes about a day and a half on average to draft and edit a standard 1.000 word award entry and that's assuming you already know the story.
- Start early - it at least three weeks before - get information from source, ie the people that worked on the project
- Answer the question - every award has a different bias be sure to answer the questions exactly as they are asked
- Word count - keep it tight don’t waffle
- Before and after stats demonstrating roi - without these don’t bother to enter
- Have a heart – think of the poor judges and how many submission they have to read, do make an effort to tell a darn good yarn, keep the narrative sparkly and fluid.
Post Script 02/12/2013 Oh and now they have just won Best Big Data Project at the Tech Success Awards! Way to go!