A month or so ago someone told me that they wanted to introduce Agile development but they had heard that I didn't like Agile. I have to say that I was shocked by this as it isn't true, I love Agile. I love Agile for its flexibility, I love Agile as it brings the customer… Continue reading I Love Agile
More important now than ever before…
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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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
How many times have you heard that? I’d rather think of it as a good tradesman always uses the best tools, or at least looks after his tools. Reading the title of this post you’d be excused for thinking it’s about DIY when in fact it’s about golf. A few years ago I was proud… Continue reading A bad tradesman always blames his tools…
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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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?
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)
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
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…)
Finally got round to taking some pictures of the new pride and joy... Also been playing around with iPhoto which is really cool...