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
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
Who would have thought that one day we would talk about how nice a phone felt to hold ... I’ve always thought #apple excelled at ergonomic design and build quality (which was copied by many) and the iPhoneX is no exception ... if not a wee bit on the pricey side.
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.
Why “why” is the most important question every business should ask themselves! If you have 20mins grab a coffee and watch this excellent TED talk. https://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action
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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