Business, Innovation, leadership, North East England, Success, Technology

Newcastle Scale-up Summit – my takeaways      

I took the opportunity to attend the Newcastle Scale-up Summit recently and apart from being a fantastic networking event I found it highly informative and energising. Having worked with hundreds of start-up and scale-up businesses for many years I love hearing the stories of their success, and I’m intrigued to discover what makes some businesses… Continue reading Newcastle Scale-up Summit – my takeaways      

Altruism, General, leadership, North East England, Success, Technology

A definition of Altruism

I’m attending a Dynamo North East board meeting at Newcastle College. Due to work and travel commitments, it’s the first board meeting I could attend for a while. The Dynamo board meeting is very rare blend of around 20 professionals from public sector organisations, professionals from the education sector, business owners, and professionals from many… Continue reading A definition of Altruism

North East England, Technology

Why the Tyne, Wear and Tees region should be the Silicon Valley(s) of the UK.

It’s a bold statement to make, but what would have to happen to make this a reality? To answer the question its worth looking back to understand how ‘the other’ Silicon Valley came to be. The majority of the world’s top technology companies didn’t just happen to find themselves in Silicon Valley by chance, and… Continue reading Why the Tyne, Wear and Tees region should be the Silicon Valley(s) of the UK.

Technology

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, 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

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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