Category: WorldOfWork

  • I'm loving: PomodoneApp

    I'm loving: PomodoneApp

    I’m terrible at focusing and single-flow discipline, so I tend to practice the Pomodoro technique – which is about enforced habit of working for short, concentrated bursts, taking a short breaks and longer breaks after a number of work bursts. I love not being focused and everywhere – I get to be curious and explore, finding […]

  • Bullies and Bluebells

    Bullies and Bluebells

    I was recently in a dialogue with a client and the conversation turned to “Evil Scrum” and some previous negative experiences that some people had experienced. They imposed velocity targets and demanded estimates a year in advance and then bashed people when those forecasts weren’t met Now, I’m no big fan of Scrum or Kanban […]

  • Lessons from a #LinkyBrains event no one else came to

    Lessons from a #LinkyBrains event no one else came to

    The LinkyBrains movement is purely accidental. It has gained and is gaining momentum primarily through small groups of people meeting to have coffee, some lunch or just a walk. What brings them together is the idea of different mindsets, curiosity, meeting kindred spirits – whatever. These ‘coffees’ are shabby-chic. There is often no structure, no […]

  • Three thoughts on April 14.

    Three thoughts on April 14.

    I probably could have had a better, more clicky title. Can the crowd save the world? My wife and I had a BBQ today. It started out as my idea and it worked beautifully, the end, it was ‘our’ BBQ – everyone who attended. At one point there were going to be 50 people coming […]

  • No one is unstoppable forever.

    No one is unstoppable forever.

    Looking at the current landscape of tech giants, from Facebook to Google, from Stripe to Intel, it is almost impossible to imagine they can ever be out-spent or out-competed.- Whilst they might seem unstoppable – with the sheer brain power they employ and the almost bottomless stash of cash they command, it is reassuring that every […]

  • My 15 Year List of Ideas is a Ready Made Company Selector

    My 15 Year List of Ideas is a Ready Made Company Selector

    For the last 15 years I’ve maintained a list of ideas to build – things that both excite me and improve the world. I’ve kept it pruned, adding new ideas, removing those that no longer seem viable and adding more details of the idea over time to those that still do. It turns out this […]

  • My first week of Helpful Conversations

    My first week of Helpful Conversations

    Last week I started having Office Hours to have conversations with anyone who wanted  the benefit of my experience in startups, tech and a few other things from my 25+ years in the software space. Using the awesome ‘Booked’ wordpress plugin – which I had acquired for another idea that I was launching last year […]

  • Offer: Let's have a helpful conversation

    Offer: Let's have a helpful conversation

    It seems that when I’m most busy is when I also seem to want to share and help others the most – so continuing in a long established tradition, I would like to offer some office hours to help anyone who needs it. But first – at the risk of inventing another buzzword/phrase that gets […]

  • Be a Person of Substance

    Be a Person of Substance

    I love to take my dog – Maya – for walks and she loves it when I throw for her and she fetches. A long throw really helps her open up the speed! As I took her for a walk this morning, I brought with us one of her ‘throw and chew’ balls. Much like […]

  • Yes, learning is hard. But do it anyway.

    Yes, learning is hard. But do it anyway.

    It seems popular, these days, for coaches and consultants to talk about ‘continuous learning’ or the ‘learning organisation’. Learning is like sex – everyone nods knowingly when it is being talked about, but few are actually doing it well or at all. For me, learning a new skill is hard – especially if you are […]