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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

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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)

Cars, General, Innovation, Technology

Petrolhead – Dream Heaven

Being a certified petrolhead one of my long time ambitions was to go behind the scenes of a Grand Prix and witness first-hand what goes on inside a F1 garage. Most people normally associate F1 with the world of designer attire, fine wine, and of course a fair amount of corporate schmoozing. Whilst I don’t… Continue reading Petrolhead – Dream Heaven

General, Process

Scottish Power – A story of Excellent Customer Experience

If you read my blog you’ll know I’m a great believer in shouting about great service when I come across it and this time I’d like to shout out Scottish Power. We’ve been a customer of Scottish Power for a few years now and we’ve generally been happy with their service. However a few weeks… Continue reading Scottish Power – A story of Excellent Customer Experience

General, Humour, Technology

The UK Tax system explained (in beer…)

I recently picked this up on Facebook and prompted by the recent LibDem conference I thought I'd share it here on the blog... Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to £100… If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something… Continue reading The UK Tax system explained (in beer…)