A Review of the State of Scottish Rugby

We’re six weeks into the competitive season (for some), and looking across the Tennents sponsored competitions (men & women, excluding reserve leagues) we look to have 43 games not fulfilled – 27 men and 16 women. The majority of these appear to be off due to at least one Club not being able to field a team.

At the same point last season, it looks like we had 34 equivalent games not fulfilled in the mens senior competitions (don’t have figures for the womens game).

This won’t be enough data to show any statistical significance, but when we account for the late start to the Calie North leagues this year, the thought is that this season is in the same sort of ballpark as last – probably not great.

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Publishing Disciplinary Outcomes and Personal Data

In their Joint Statement last week, the Board of Scottish Rugby told us they would publish no further information about the Lesley Thomson report due to “staff privacy policies and data protection legislation”, however the Union, under the delegated authority of the Board, publishes personal details of those people who have been called before the Championships Disciplinary Committee.

If you publish personal details about one disciplinary process, then why not the other?

Is Womens Rugby in Scotland Starting to Encounter Similar Issues to the Mens Game?

If you read my stuff on Facebook or Twitter, I’m sure people get the general drift that I feel the Club game in Scottish rugby is in pretty poor place just now, especially the senior male and youth games. And with several games off across the Cup, Shield & Bowl so far, the evidence is not pointing to a change in my feeling any time soon.

One area for optimism over the past couple of years though has been the Womens game.  Although starting from a very small base, it has been growing, and there does appear to be a general increase in interest in the game as well as an uptick in grassroots activity.
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WeegieRugbyTV – Episode 2

The evolution of WeegieRugbyTV continues with Episode 2.

This week we have the included match photos and videos from the Glasgow Uni Medics v Cowal game and the Strathendrick v East Kilbride game.

Including the photos and videos extends the episode to 5 minutes and we’ll need to gauge if this is too long (will keep an eye on average viewing time). But in saying that, we’ve included two game which we wouldn’t normally do.

Will also experiment on the video, should we be using zoom to get close to the action, or not, so we can get more of what’s happening.

 

WeegieRugby TV Launched

As a bit of an experiment into different ways of presenting the results on Weegie Rugby, we’ve launched episode 1 of WeegieRugby TV.

We’ve focused on the results of the prelim round of the Bowl & Shield as well as the updated fixtures for round 1 in this episode.

Future developments will be to include photos and videos from the weekends reviewed games, but it’s baby steps at the moment.

Are We Eradicating Diesel Engines from the UK for a Predominantly London based Issue

The BBC are reporting on an EarthSense project which maps NO2 pollution hot spots in the UK

They report that on a scale of 1-6 (6 being with the highest category of pollution), no places in Britain measured a 6 and, less than 1% measured a 4 or 5. 3/4s of the hot spots with the worst ratings are in London.

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What Will Leclercq Want from their $6m Investment in Moodle

Founded in 2001, Moodle is a leading light in the opensource movement. By relying on partners (there’s currently 84 of them) to pay royalties for using the software, end-users get the software for free (but paying for support and services) whilst funds are generated for the central project.

But now, Martin Dougiamas, founder and CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd, has succumbed to an outside investor, with France based Education for the Many, injecting $6m dollars into the company.

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Integration of NetDimensions going to plan with full benefit of synergies expected in 2018

LTG have today issued a trading update up to the end of June, where they say first half revenue is up 62.5%. Their plan to build an international business with revenues in excess of £50 million appears to be on track. Continue reading Integration of NetDimensions going to plan with full benefit of synergies expected in 2018

Success (or lack of it) in IT Projects

We have billions of £s being spent in IT projects, but an Axelos report suggests that 40% of these are on course to fail – so what do we need to do to improve the odds of success.

They’ve identified the main issues as:

  • significant changes to the project brief (45 per cent);
  • unrealistic timeframes (41 per cent);
  • an incomplete understanding of the risks (48 per cent);
  • projects not resourced with the right people (42 per cent);
  • lack of a clearly defined goals (49 per cent), and
  • overrun budgets (32 per cent)

But note, Axelos was set up to develop, manage and operate qualifications in project management methodology – so maybe a bit of vested interest in pushing for greater structure to project management.

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Project management is key to driving business success