▨ Jamie McHale

July 2020

Edinburgh summer and a trip to Callander

July was another month that has flown by, filled with code, a little reading, and a hiking weekend. I think with the pandemic the weeks seem to fly by, as there are fewer trips, events and gatherings.

Side project: learning with teams

I have made progress with my side project. I’ve been working with Johnny Mitchell of Caspian Psychology to produce a new learning experience for webinars and mobile. We are trialling the software in the risk and safety management space.

The idea behind the product is to provide a lightweight way of producing engaging educational content, and running mini-games as part of webinars, or regular training sessions. For a sneak peak at what we are working on Johnny demoed on the Red Risks YouTube channel: Gamification for Risk and Safety Management

If you have regular video standups or webinars and want to produce or facilitate quick learning sprints for your team then please do get in touch. This sort of tool is needed more than ever as we move to remote or regular work-from-home teams.

We can figure out how we work together as we develop the product - very much pre-MVP stage, but keen to see where we can take it!

Summer in Edinburgh

Summer is vaguely arriving here in Edinburgh. It’s nice to be out and about a bit more, seeing friends, even if it is physically distanced!


I joined the Interintellect salon on Damascus Moments: the turning points that shape our lives. It was a great discussion, with lots of interesting stories and views.

I have enjoyed attending these salons, and look forward to joining. If you are interested you can find more information on the Interintellect website.

Weekend in Callander

The last weekend of the month I took a trip to Callandar for a few days hiking. You can read more about walking up Ben A’an, Ben Ledi and Bracklinn Falls on my Callander journal entry.


I read El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America by Carrie Gibson. It was good reading American history from a perspective outside that of the British colonies. Like all good books, this opened up several new areas to explore.