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You need to hire for Innovation

More important now than ever before…

STUART LYNN

Innovation is a topic very close to my heart and a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending an excellent workshop delivered by Dr Anne Stevens the VP of Design at Kone elevators.

The session was hugely insightful and very educational… and whilst I’m not going to share the details verbatim, I thought I would share some of the very thought provoking statements like:

“The same old thinking gets the same old results … you need new thinking to get new results”

“Creativity must be present at every level of every technical part of the organisation”

“Even a mature innovative team need a coach otherwise it’s easy to innovate badly”

“A common mistake is to just let people loose with innovation”

“No great website is conceived by more than three people”

“Passionate creatures do not follow scripts”

Towards the end of the session Anne went on to share…

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General, Process, WEB

The World’s Favorite Airline – Not Today!

I've travelled with British Airways a lot with business and pleasure over the years and I have to say my experience has generally been positive ... until yesterday! I'm off to New York on a short break with the family and my story begins upon receipt of the email from BA that check in is… Continue reading The World’s Favorite Airline – Not Today!

General, Innovation, Technology, WEB

Global technology company supporting the North East technology revolution

This is a copy of a great article that one of my guys had published today. Sage, the only FTSE 100 technology company is now 32 years old, and with over six million customers is the third largest business software company worldwide. In 1981 it was just another North East tech start-up with a feverish ambition to… Continue reading Global technology company supporting the North East technology revolution

Cars

How difficult should it be to buy a car?

More difficult than you might think. Earlier this week Liz and I went to look for a replacement for her Ford S Max. The S Max has been a good car but it’s time for a change and Liz had in mind the Audi Q5. So off we went to the local Audi garage to… Continue reading How difficult should it be to buy a car?

Technology

How to make Agile work for product development… It’s all about the people

STUART LYNN

Some background before I get into the detail, I’ve been developing small, medium and large ‘shrink wrapped’ products for the past 12 years and before that I worked on large multi-million pound in house projects.

Why do I give this background? Well it’s to set context in relation to this post from @Martijnlinssen where Martijn questions whether Agile can be used effectively for product development. I read into Martijn post that whilst Agile might work for project development it doesn’t work as well (if at all?) for Product development. I chose to disagree with Martijn on this point and responded with the comment:

I’m not sure from reading this that you actually get agile (sorry Martijn).. Whilst I agree Agile is not for everything, Agile can be a highly effective way to deliver software (and even commercial business) projects.

What it isn’t is throw all control in the bin…

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Cars, General, Technology

How ironic that the Red Bull team are relaxed, did they know they were going to win?

Another video post from my visit to the British GP at Silverstone this year. This time it's looking into the Red Bull garage. Of all the teams in the pit lane they looked (and sounded) the most relaxed. Surely you would expect the opposite effect with Red Bull! Did they know Mark Webber was going to… Continue reading How ironic that the Red Bull team are relaxed, did they know they were going to win?

Cars, General, Technology

Memories from Silverstone with the Marussia Team (Turn up the volume the sound is awesome)

Following on from my "Petrolhead Dream Heaven" post a few days ago I promised to share some of the videos I took from inside the Marussia garage. The first is of the mechanics making some last minute changes to the cars before practice starts: Not long after here's Charles Pic leaving the garage (how clean… Continue reading Memories from Silverstone with the Marussia Team (Turn up the volume the sound is awesome)