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Tue 5 May 2015 4:22AM

Strategy action options - what could we do?

AES Anna Elphick (CDC Strategist) Public Seen by 251

Time to vote!

What you think is important to do to grow a successful tech sector in Christchurch?

You have 10 dots to allocate across 13 action areas.

We have collated all your feedback over the last few weeks into a range of potential actions that might contribute to our four characteristics of tech sector success.

The 13 action areas are as follows. More details on these action areas can be found here

Christchurch has a critical mass of internationally successful tech businesses
1. Provide access to the right information, advice and capital
2. Collaborative approaches to market entry / capability build
3. Inspire and educate through sharing stories
4. Promote Christchurch as a place to start, grow, relocate businesses

Christchurch’s tech sector is attractive to talent
5. Solve specific talent / skills issues
6. Promote Christchurch tech career
7. Develop a compelling education / working offering

The Christchurch tech sector is internationally recognised as a source of capability and innovation
8. Develop innovative / capability depth in areas where Christchurch has a compelling offering
9. Identify global opportunities / market strategies for Christchurch offering
10. Local buy local

The Christchurch tech sector ecosystem is a point of competitive advantage and attraction
11. Develop strong networking groups / vehicles
12. Develop an integrated network of tech assets
13. Develop industry champions / CEO forum

How to vote on the action areas
We are using "dot voting" to get your feedback on what actions areas you think are most important to do.

You have 10 dots to allocate across 13 actions areas - the more dots you allocate to a specific action, the more important you think it is.

Please write the action area title or number "X" the number of dots you have allocated to that action area.

For example Develop industry champions / CEO forum x 5; Local buy local x 3; Promote Christchurch tech career x 2 or Action 13 x 5; Action 10 x 3; Action 6 x 2.

AES

Poll Created Tue 5 May 2015 4:25AM

Vote on proposed actions to contribute to Christchurch tech sector success Closed Tue 12 May 2015 5:07AM

We are using “dot voting” to get your feedback on what actions areas you think are most important to do.

You have 10 dots to allocate across 13 actions areas - the more dots you allocate to a specific action, the more important you think it is.

Please write the action or action number X the number of dots.

For example Develop industry champions / CEO forum x 5; Local buy local x 3; Promote Christchurch tech career x 2 or Action 13 x 5; Action 10 x 3; Action 6 x 2.

You can either vote by recording your decision in the messages to the left, or by clicking on the position buttons below and recording your dot allocation there.

The 13 action areas are as follows:

  1. Provide access to the right information, advice and capital
  2. Collaborative approaches to market entry / capability build
  3. Inspire and educate through sharing stories
  4. Promote Christchurch as a place to start, grow, relocate businesses
  5. Solve specific talent / skills issues
  6. Promote Christchurch tech career
  7. Develop a compelling education / working offering
  8. Develop innovative / capability depth in areas where Christchurch has a compelling offering
  9. Identify global opportunities / market strategies for Christchurch offerings
  10. Local buy local
  11. Develop strong local networking groups / vehicles
  12. Develop an integrated network of local tech assets
  13. Develop local industry champions / leadership group

Results

Results Option % of points Voters
Agree 77.8% 7 SN AP NCO RL LM JC JW
Abstain 11.1% 1 AF
Disagree 0.0% 0  
Block 11.1% 1 BR
Undecided 0% 28 CWH M RM YA ST DR DL GC RC RN HSC AES JTE KCA MBC SM MP LFC GB JG

9 of 37 people have voted (24%)

JW

Jeremy Wyn-Harris
Agree
Tue 5 May 2015 8:09PM

A12 x 5
A11 x 2
A8 x 2
A2 x 1

AP

Alan Povall
Agree
Tue 5 May 2015 10:42PM

  1. x 3
  2. x 3
  3. x 2
  4. x 2
RL

Rob Lawrence
Agree
Wed 6 May 2015 9:53PM

1x4
2x6
3x5
4x6
8x6
9x6
11x7

NCO
  1. Access to the right information, advice and capital x 2
  2. Compelling education / working offering x 4
  3. Innovative / capability depth in areas where ChCh has a compelling offering x 2
  4. Strong local networking groups / vehicles x 2
BR

Ben Reid
Block
Sun 10 May 2015 4:31AM

Hi Anna and team,
Gerald's concerns about the low-tech and confusing usability of this survey ring true to me - they render the results of the survey statistically unreliable at best. Politely, I'd suggest you recast the survey using better tools?

SN

Sharn Nu'u (Diligent)
Agree
Mon 11 May 2015 5:10AM

10 x 1
13 x 4
11 x 2
4 x 1
8 x 2

AF

Andrej Falout
Abstain
Mon 11 May 2015 6:15AM

Quoting Ben Reid: "I'd suggest you recast the survey using better tools"

JC

Julian Carver
Agree
Mon 11 May 2015 10:03PM

  1. x2
  2. x2
  3. x3
  4. x1
  5. x2
LM

Lynette Mowlem
Agree
Tue 12 May 2015 5:00AM

I agree with concerns raised by @Gerald Carter & @Ben Reid - but agree that everyone’s voting should be visible so I agree to using this format that’s been provided.
1) = 1
7) = 3
8) = 2
11) = 2
12) = 2

AES

Anna Elphick (CDC Strategist) Tue 5 May 2015 4:44AM

Welcome everyone to the final part of our online discussion! We have really valued the detailed and varied input from everyone. Its also been great (and reassuring) to see the alignment between our face-to-face discussions and the online discussions.

Reviewing all your feedback we believe there are three "foundations for success" on which we can build a successful tech sector strategy for Christchurch - a good understanding of our local businesses and ecosystem; strong and deep national and international connections; and, strong local leadership and partnership.

We have identified a further 13 action areas which could contribute to achieving success. We haven't attempted to prioritise or sequence these.

We are keen to get your feedback on what you think is most important to focus on (with a 10 year horizon) to achieve the four characteristics of success. We are using "dot voting" to get a flavour of where you see relative importance. It might be that you think particular projects within these actions areas are particularly important - please highlight that in your feedback.

We would also appreciate your thoughts on anything you think is particularly urgent or that is an early, easy win.

Thank you and happy dot voting.

GC

Gerald Carter Tue 5 May 2015 7:10AM

Develop an integrated network of local tech assets x3
Develop strong local networking groups / vehicles x2
Develop innovative / capability depth in areas where Christchurch has a compelling offering x2
Solve specific talent / skills issues x3

PC

Peter Cody Tue 5 May 2015 9:44AM

8 = 3
9 = 3
2 = 2
1 = 1
4 = 1

DE

Don Elder Tue 5 May 2015 12:27PM

A4 x 2
A8 x 2
A11 x 2
A12 x 4

JB

Jason Bishop Tue 5 May 2015 9:34PM

Promote Christchurch tech career x 4
Develop an integrated network of local tech assets x 3
Develop a compelling education / working offering x 1
Develop local industry champions / leadership group x 1

PTL

Pleayo Tovaranonte (MedITAid Ltd) Tue 5 May 2015 10:33PM

A2 x 1
A3 x 1
A8 x 2
A9 x 5
A12 x 1

GC

Gerald Carter Tue 5 May 2015 10:54PM

Hi,

Can I ask a real strange question. This seems an exceedingly low tech and time consuming way of doing a survey. Why wasn’t it just done on survey monkey with a scale rating?

Cheers

AES

Anna Elphick (CDC Strategist) Tue 5 May 2015 11:03PM

@geraldcarter - I understand your point in the context of voting. Loomio isn't really designed for this relative priority type survey. We deliberately choose a discussion forum tool because our primary objective was to enable public conversations across a diverse range of people as a way of developing and exploring ideas. This dot voting exercise is a way of temperature testing the views of participants within the context of this discussion forum.

GC

Gerald Carter Tue 5 May 2015 11:12PM

I hear that and can still be achieved....just add a link to the survey.

  • It is impartial

  • you don’t have to spend 10 min figuring out what it is you want participants to do

  • provides instant results

  • saves immense amounts of your time, and

  • tests all concepts.

CY

Craig Young Tue 5 May 2015 11:26PM

1 Provide access to the right information... - 1 dot
2. Collaborative approach... - 1 dot
4. Promote ChCh... - 2 dots
6. Promote ChCh tech career - 3 dots
11. Develop strong networking... - 2 dots
13. Develop industry champions - 1 dot

JG

John Gallagher Tue 5 May 2015 11:30PM

  1. Develop a compelling education / working offering x3

  2. Identify global opportunities / market strategies for Christchurch offerings x3

    1. Develop strong local networking groups / vehicles x4
RL

Rob Lawrence Wed 6 May 2015 3:16AM

I will get that done

Sent from Outlook ( http://taps.io/outlookmobile ) on Rob's iPad Spelling can be random

GB

Greg Beale Wed 6 May 2015 4:17AM

5 = 36 = 3
2 = 2
4 = 1
9 = 1

EWC

Ed Wegner (Tait Communications) Wed 6 May 2015 4:43AM

  1. x 2
  2. x 4
  3. x 3
  4. x 1
BO

Brent O'Meagher Wed 6 May 2015 4:58AM

4 = 2
6 = 3
8 = 2
11 = 2
12 = 1

TJ

Tim Jones Wed 6 May 2015 8:22AM

  1. X 3
  2. X 3
  3. X 1
  4. X 3
GC

Gerald Carter Wed 6 May 2015 9:02AM

Hey guys, this is a serious embarasment to the CDC trying to connect with the tech industry. A cut and paste survey...!!!

I have transposed the survey to the following link and will connect Anna (and anyone else that is interested in the outcomes)

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ChChTech

GC

Gerald Carter Wed 6 May 2015 9:06AM

Anna,

This is too much of an embarrassment. If this is the state of the Tech industry in ChCh...its really really sad.

I have set up a survey monkey link and the results can be caught here

https://www.surveymonkey.net/results/SM-CLGQLL39/ ( https://www.surveymonkey.net/results/SM-CLGQLL39/ )

PTL

Pleayo Tovaranonte (MedITAid Ltd) Wed 6 May 2015 9:19AM

I agree with Gerald, if this is how we manage 'big data' then it's not a very effective approach. When you complete the surveymonkey just make sure that your points add up to 10, that's all.

GC

Gerald Carter Wed 6 May 2015 9:22AM

In my mind, what is the big story about adding up to 10...just rate all options and the outcome is the outcome?

PTL

Pleayo Tovaranonte (MedITAid Ltd) Wed 6 May 2015 9:28AM

I guess it assumes in the real economic sense, when the resource is scarce, ie if you only have 10 votes, where would you allocate your effort to?

PS

Paul Swettenham (Sunstone) Wed 6 May 2015 9:34AM

  1. Promote Christchurch tech career X 3
  2. Develop a compelling education / working offering X 3
  3. Identify global opportunities / market strategies for Christchurch offerings X 2
  4. Develop strong local networking groups / vehicles X 1
  5. Develop local industry champions / leadership group X 1 Thank you to the CDC for facilitating some fantastic ideas!
GC

Gerald Carter Wed 6 May 2015 9:43AM

Not sure we are at the point of allocating resources...actually as strategist / technologist, not sure where all this is going. Seems like a strategy by committee, which means absolutely nothing, will achieve nothing except keeping people like Anna employed to manually collate pointless surveys!!

I have my own plan in action...10 global tech businesses x ten years will change the face of ChCh.

AES

Anna Elphick (CDC Strategist) Wed 6 May 2015 7:29PM

@geraldcarter and @PleayoT. I understand your frustration - we had decided on the Loomio platform because we wanted a public discussion involving a wide range of perspectives. The platform is not designed for surveying (essentially a one-way conversation). This is the first time we have used an online forum such as this to support a strategy discussion process and we are certainly learning as we go about what works and what doesn't. Gerald - I would certainly welcome your results from survey monkey alongside what we have here. The allocation of 10 dots is designed to highlight relative priority rather than just absolute priority so it would be great if those using survey monkey could keep the total points to 10 as Pleayo. I am sorry that this part of the online discussion has not worked as well as we hoped.

MC

Mark Cathro Wed 6 May 2015 9:29PM

A8 - 3
A9 - 3
A4 - 2
A1 - 1

RL

Rob Lawrence Wed 6 May 2015 9:57PM

IIt looks like I got carried away with dots

HSC

Helen Shorthouse, CDC Thu 7 May 2015 12:34AM

Your enthusiasm is great @roblawrence but if you only had 10 points how would you share them out?!!

RL

Rob Lawrence Thu 7 May 2015 1:12AM

Ok so only 10

11x5
9x4
2x1

Check My Maths.... Helen!!!

JR

Jen Rutherford Thu 7 May 2015 2:27AM

1 - 2 dots
5 - 2 dots
8 - 2 dots
9 - 1 dot
11 - 3 dots

OS

Owen Scott Thu 7 May 2015 2:37AM

2 = 2 dots
5 = 2 dots
6 = 3 dots
11 = 3 dots

ID

Ian Douthwaite Thu 7 May 2015 4:39AM

1 x 4
2 x 3
11 x 3

FO

Frank Owen Thu 7 May 2015 8:05AM

8 x 4
9 x 4
7 x 2

JG

John Gallagher Thu 7 May 2015 8:17AM

I wonder if voters could consider describing the respective action associated with each number? It might seem repetitive, but it could also make it easier when reading through to get a sense of what is being more/less favoured.

RN

Raphael Nolden Thu 7 May 2015 11:18AM

1 = 2
2 = 2
4 = 2
7 = 1
9 = 1
12 = 2

TB

Toby Burrows Thu 7 May 2015 4:44PM

Inspire and educate through sharing stories x4
Develop strong networking groups / vehicles x2
Develop an integrated network of tech assets x2
Develop industry champions / CEO forum x2

LCP

Larry Cliffrod Podmore Thu 7 May 2015 8:17PM

My comments
2 Collaborative approach into markets 5
9 Identify global opportunities'/market. 5

In my view all other areas are stock standard must do.
Real sustainable growth will only be achieved by stepping outside what we currently do.
If we want to achieve Blue Water Innovation then we need to swim faster that other countries not continually doing backstroke.

TB

Therese Banks Thu 7 May 2015 10:00PM

11 x 3
13 x 2
2 x 2
9 x 2
1 x 1

RS

Roland Sommer Thu 7 May 2015 10:23PM

8 x 4
11 x 4
13 x 2

AES

Anna Elphick (CDC Strategist) Thu 7 May 2015 10:35PM

Hi everyone. Thank you for engaging in this process. We've still got a few days to go, but here is a link to the preliminary results of dot voting - @JohnGallagher - hopefully this answers your question.

http://www.cdc.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Chch-Tech-Sector-Strategy_dot-voting-prelim-results-8-May.pdf

In summary, "Develop strong networking groups / vehicles" and "Identify global opportunities and market strategies for Christchurch offering" have the most votes (35 each).

The next group by relative importance include "Develop an integrated network of tech assets" (25 votes), "Collaborative approaches to market entry / capability building" (24), "Promote Christchurch tech career" (23) and "Develop innovative / capability depth in areas where Christchurch has a compelling offering" (22).

The feedback provides a useful perspective as we go into more detailed consideration of what, who and how these actions could translate into real difference and impact.

ARO

Austen Rainer (University of Canterbury) Thu 7 May 2015 10:58PM

Without looking at what others have voted for ;-) here's my late-in-the-day submission [edited so that it adds up to 10. doah!):
4. Promote Christchurch as a place to start, grow, relocate businesses 3
7. Develop a compelling education / working offering 4
9. Identify global opportunities / market strategies for Christchurch offering 3

TP

Terry Paddy Fri 8 May 2015 12:22AM

  1. Collaborative approaches to market entry / capability build - 4
  2. Identify global opportunities / market strategies for Christchurch offerings - 3
  3. Develop strong local networking groups / vehicles - 2
  4. Develop an integrated network of local tech assets - 1
NH

Neil Hamilton Sat 9 May 2015 8:57PM

2 x2
6 x2
7 x1
11 x3
12 x2

LCP

Larry Cliffrod Podmore Sun 10 May 2015 7:58AM

Don’t agree Ben, it’s a great survey, do you want to meet to discuss,

With all my experience at Strategic Planning for CHCH in the tech space, I think its spot on the button,

Keen to catch up for coffee this week,

Kind regards,

Larry Podmore

Co-Founder SinoNZ

www.sinonewzealand.com ( http://www.sinonewzealand.com/ )

Managing Director Pono Innovations Ltd

Adjunct Senior Fellow

HITLabNZ

University of Canterbury

www.HITLabNZ.org ( http://www.hitlabnz.org/ )

+64 3 323 9907

+64 27 443 8010

Skype larrypodmore1

ID

Ian Douthwaite Sun 10 May 2015 8:28AM

Nuts Larry. I'll come too!

GC

Gerald Carter Sun 10 May 2015 8:39AM

Thanks Ben...Let me know..I will come as well!

BR

Ben Reid Sun 10 May 2015 7:41PM

Larry just to be clear I am wholly supportive of this consultation which CDC are running through Loomio and the engagement has been fantastic to date. My comment relates to the tools used to implement "dot voting". I'll leave Anna and the CDC to absorb feedback and decide how to proceed...

Ben Reid 027 344 6808

(Sent from my mobile)

DE

Don Elder Sun 10 May 2015 8:23PM

It seems odd to bizarre to me that the "technology" used for a survey is seen as a reason to dismiss the survey itself or even its methodology. Every 3 years we put pencil marks on bits of paper that hundreds of people count by hand to elect our government. Is that invalid too? And 10 dots as a limit is a simple market constraint on supply - just like funding and good people are in our sector. I think the engagement process, quality of discussion, preliminary identification and grouping of options and survey methodology has been spot on. Yes the tool is a bit clunky .... but it's not the issue. And not all technology companies are information technology companies .. I don't feel remotely embarrassed by it!

BTW what's with this referring to each other as @person thing in simple emails?

But I'm a tech company newbie!!

ID

Ian Douthwaite Sun 10 May 2015 8:47PM

I agree too that how CDC choose to gather feedback here is not that critical relative to simply getting it. In terms of developing strategy though the voting summary released to date already points to the challenge of having 13 action areas across four groupings, either reflecting failure to attain focus or simply very diffuse views (presumably based on differing challenges faced in different areas). With a flattish spread, it's hard to bring focus to planned action.

If I step back and squint a bit at all the commentary, it looks a bit like three axes of focus emerge: market, talent, and capital (in no special order). While all organisations are likely to face challenge in all axes at some time, they are likely to have different combinations and weightings. Some are more challenged by market development and associated capital requirements, others more by talent to maintain and grow existing markets for example.

A common thread through the perspectives though could well be using communication and collaboration more effectively. i.e. clustering organisations with issues around capital with each other and with sources of capital; similarly creating collaboration between organisations with similar talent issues, as well as with those that can help them overcome those issues.

PD

Phil Driver Sun 10 May 2015 9:07PM

If a physical meeting is being arranged I would like to be involved so please let us know if this is going to happen. This discussion and voting is generating some new ideas and re-iterating many others, a significant percentage of which are in the 'blindingly obvious' category. They need to converted into a validated strategy, ie a strategy which: 1. is logical 2. is supported by compelling evidence that it will actually work 3. is worth it. The strategy needs to secure buy-in from the majority of stakeholders and it needs to be implemented.

PTL

Pleayo Tovaranonte (MedITAid Ltd) Sun 10 May 2015 9:51PM

@donelder A good tool means we can capture the right data and apply appropriate analytics to make sense of the data. I agree it doesn't matter how you do this but a technological way seems to make capturing data seamless, more efficient, and time saving which means we can actually use time to spend on implementing the strategies themselves rather than arguing about these issues! Electronic voting in the General Election has been done in some parts of the US and Europe eg Estonia, the slow uptake is due to fear of electoral fraud. Since we are not worried about fraud here, I don't think your point is relevant.
@someone is simply an automatic tag so the message is directly linked to the person in the discussion group (the idea comes from Twitter along with #hashtags and other clever things.)
I'd love to come to any face-to-face meeting too but I'm due to fly out of the country this week for 3 months. Please keep me posted.

LCP

Larry Cliffrod Podmore Sun 10 May 2015 9:55PM

Great wisdom for a Monday Ian

Sent from Samsung Mobile

MP

Michelle Polglase Mon 11 May 2015 12:10AM

  1. 3
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 2
JR

James Robertson Mon 11 May 2015 12:30AM

A1 = 2
A11 = 2
A12 = 3
A13 = 3

NS

Nigel Sharplin Mon 11 May 2015 5:32AM

Hi Anna
Despite the process flaws the dialogue is excellent and thankfully a public conversation to begin to gather some of the insights required to create a connected framework for industry support by Government - we have too long been just served up the 'cure'. Well done CDC Team!

  1. Provide access to the right information, advice and capital x3
  2. Collaborative approaches to market entry / capability build x3
  3. Inspire and educate through sharing stories x2
  4. Promote Christchurch as a place to start, grow, relocate businesses
  5. Solve specific talent / skills issues
  6. Promote Christchurch tech career
  7. Develop a compelling education / working offering
  8. Develop innovative / capability depth in areas where Christchurch has a compelling offering
  9. Identify global opportunities / market strategies for Christchurch offerings
  10. Local buy local
  11. Develop strong local networking groups / vehicles
  12. Develop an integrated network of local tech assets
  13. Develop local industry champions / leadership group x2
PY

Peter Young Mon 11 May 2015 8:53PM

Peter Young
7 x 5
5 x 3
6 x 2

TL

Trevor Laughton [Tait] Mon 11 May 2015 9:34PM

A1 x 1
A7 x 1
A8 x 4
A9 x 3
A11 x 1

CT

Chris Twiss Mon 11 May 2015 10:11PM

  1. x2
  2. x2
  3. x3
  4. x3
GJ

Gary Jensen Mon 11 May 2015 10:14PM

  1. x 2
  2. x 1
  3. x 3
  4. x 2
  5. x 2 Updated survey tools x 5

Good to get more open discussion groups going. I'll support any options to get this moving. Hopefully quick iterations on the survey tools will be help for any future rounds.

AES

Anna Elphick (CDC Strategist) Mon 11 May 2015 10:31PM

It’s great to see such active engagement in the tech sector strategy. Thank you to everyone for your contributions. To clarify a couple of issues which have been raised over the last few days.

Firstly, our objective for the dot voting was to provide a way for us to collate and summarise (very quickly) the broad range of face-to-face focus group and online discussions into a form which people could then provide feedback. Given the breadth and variety of feedback, the dot voting can only give an indication at best of what different people see as important – it doesn’t provide the level of detail or analysis on which to base a strategy. The development of the strategy will require a much more detailed analysis of what actions will deliver the largest impact, who and what is involved in delivering these actions and how the actions will translate into the outcomes we seek. Over the next two months CDC will be undertaking this analysis and engaging with others who can help understand how this can be achieved. We will then circulate a draft strategy back out to industry for comment.

Secondly, we agree that trying to do dot voting via the Loomio platform is at best clunky, and more resource intensive than using a surveying tool. However, given the purpose of the dot voting (to get a publicly viewable indication of relative importance) we have felt the Loomio tool has allowed us to achieve this.

Thanks for sticking with us!

AV

Amar Verma Mon 11 May 2015 10:56PM

Dear Chch Techies & CDC

As an export oriented ICT entrepreneur trying to be successful for self and local community, I find following as my top focus areas.

A1 x 4
A2 x 2
A4 x 2
A12 x 3

SS

Simon Small Tue 12 May 2015 4:46AM

Item x votes:
1 x 2
3 x 2
5 x 1
6. x 1
11. x 2
13. x 2

LM

Lynette Mowlem Tue 12 May 2015 5:05AM

I hope that CDC will enable this initiative and all the contributions to grow/continue and become the foundation for what, in my view, is most needed in Christchurch, namely collaboration across all aspects of the tech sector (including the businesses that use/rely on tech/tech sector, although not actively tech businesses) and many diverse views given air-play - and, importantly, actually acted on.