Report for October 2019

Report Date
October 2019


Report by Muriel Mewissen on behalf of David Perry and Anthony Davie (MVMRes Programme Managers), for Charles ffrench-Constant and Paul McGuire (MVMRes Programme Owners), Sheila Fraser (MVM Portfolio Manager) and Catherine Elliot (MVM Portfolio Owner)

  • Institute IT meetings / Service Review meetings.
  • College Research Support Network (RSN) meeting.
  • College Research Committee
  • Excerpts taken into CSG report


Section One: Programme Commentary, RAG and Resources Update


During October, the re-planning of both MVM316: Fragile X Registry website and MVM308 Research computing induction has completed with both project now reporting a GREEN status.

Delays continue to impact the closure of the remaining three ongoing projects but this is expected to resolve in the next couple of months. This does not pose a threat to the delivery of the programme at this stage.

The overall status of the MVMRes programme is GREEN.

Please note that the project RAG status is following the revised guidelines: A one-page summary of the IS RAG status indicators is available on this page.


Forward Look - October 2019


Section Two: Projects Not Started

No additional project has been identified to start this session.


Section Three: Projects in Progress

 MVM302: Compute and High Performance Compute Strategy - RAG Status: AMBER

Report by Anthony Davie

Achievements this period

  • New PM has reviewed project status and planned next steps.
  • The paper on outcomes from the CMVM compute and HPC survey (Sept to Nov '18), collated in early '19 has been reformatted (Oct '19).
  • The draft compute and HPC strategy has been significantly revised (Oct '19) to:
    • align and reformat to standard CMVM IS strategy document layout
    • incorporate feedback from survey outcomes
    • incorporate visuals to make it easier to digest
    • establish a plan to deliver the strategy
    • evidence progress across some associated objectives
  • Presentation on project background, progress, current status and next steps created by PM to present to project stakeholders.
  • PM working with IS colleagues to establish an approach for a Research Computing Officer/Support induction, for IS staff. This will be progressed during Nov and into Dec '19.
  • Project status on project web site updated.


  • Still behind schedule.

Next Steps

  • Distribute revised (Oct '19) versions of draft strategy and survey outcomes to project stakeholders, via the College (CMVM) Research Computing Group (RCG)
  • Early Nov '19 (06/11/19), presentation by PM to project stakeholders, through CMVM RCG to widen research engagement, feedback and endorsement.
  • Collate and review feedback from CMVM RCG, adapt into project deliverables and disseminate for final sign-off
  • Look to publish deliverables and create project closure report.
  • Move to close project.

MVM305: Flexible Server hosting  - RAG Status: SUSPENDED

Report by Muriel Mewissen

Achievements this period

  • None, project is currently suspended


  • New PM started in Easter Bush MVM team

Next Steps

  • Status to be reviewed in 2020 Q1.

MVM308: Research computing induction - RAG Status: GREEN

Report by Susan Ridder-Patrick

Achievements this period

  • Project change control for milestones completed
  • Proposed new scope agreed
  • Revised Brief draft underway - this will be significant re-write/simplification


Next Steps

  • Complete draft and approval of brief

MVM311: CMVM Data Storage Strategy - RAG Status: GREEN

Report by Muriel Mewissen

Achievements this period

  • None


  • Programme Manager and Sponsor lack availability to complete closure

Next Steps

  • Write closure report
  • Close Project

MVM314: SEBI - Data Collection and Modelling - RAG Status: AMBER

Report by Colin Watt

Achievements this period

  • No progess due to resource conflicts (mainly PM availability). PM to try to dedicate time to ensure outstanding tasks (support OLA and decommissioning of legacy server) are completed.


  • No major issues.
  • Completion of support arrangements and closure delayed due to availability (PM)

Next Steps

  • Agree support arrangements for MSSQLServer (OLA).
  • Decommissioning of on-premise Tableau server.
  • Close Project.

MVM316: Fragile X Registry website - RAG Status: GREEN

Report by Kevin Hone

Achievements this Period

  • The Data Privacy Impact Assessment (DPIA) has been concluded and signed-off.
  • Work has been re-prioritised with an extension to time to enable a more complete final product.
  • Additional funding has been agreed to accommodate extra work, particularly that of a solution to gather survey data.


  • None.

Next Steps

  • Conclude user interface design and software development.
  • Population of Equality Impact Assessment Form.
  • Schedule a penetration test.
  • Continue with weekly business and technical team reviews with a focus on the presentation layer of the web-site build.


Section Four: Closed or Withdrawn Projects

No project has been completed this session yet.


Section Five: Programme Meeting Minutes

Date Comments
20 September 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - September 2019
24 August 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - July & August 2019
24 June 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - June 2019
23 May 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - May 2019
1 May 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - April 2019
27 March 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - March 2019
28 February 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - February 2019
29 January 2019 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - January 2019
21 November 2018 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - November 2018
30 October 2018 Programme Review Monthly Meeting - October 2018
Programme Status
RAG Status
Has formal escalation taken place?


Not available.