Category: Tech

  • Mike’s theory of arcs and angles

    Mike’s theory of  arcs and angles

    One goal, which path would you take? Imagine you had a goal – perhaps to lose weight or to learn a skill, or even to build some capacity/capability as a person, team, company or country. Lets call that goal ‘B’ and your starting point – now – is ‘A’. The sharp angle path Now imagine […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Downtime in the Age of Cloud Computing

    Downtime in the Age of Cloud Computing

    We are working on an experimental mobile based social photography app called Snaptime and we have an ambitious plan to have it on the various app stores by the 1st of February so that people can start to play with it and help us learn what it does [and should do]  for them. 8 hours […]

  • My Web Summit 2015 Experience – the really short version.

    My Web Summit 2015 Experience – the really short version.

    TL;DR Web Summit was a major experience.  There were a lot of people – the organisers claim 42,000 people were in attendance – and it felt it. If you aren’t a people person don’t go. If you are exhibiting, go to a busy vegetable market or car boot sale a few weeks in advance and […]

  • Are Netflix and other interval collapsing platforms dangerous to your mental health?

    Are Netflix and other interval collapsing platforms dangerous to your mental health?

    I just watched the entire Daredevil season 1 on Netflix in 3 days. Prior to that I watched the entire Arrow series in 4 days. And Agents of Shield?  I polished that off in 2 days. Before Netflix – I got into the Sopranos box set – that was a killer. Earlier today, my 6 […]

  • Read this before 'you eat your own dog food'

    Read this before 'you eat your own dog food'

    It has always amused me when people – usually men – say their company or team ‘eats their own dog food’. It has always struck me as a very ‘macho’ thing to say. I’ve searched for the origin of the phrase ‘ eat your own dog food’ – there seems to be a couple of […]

  • #Startups, do you have a solution looking for a problem?

    #Startups, do you have a solution looking for a problem?

    I’m having a wonderful time being helpful on SoHelpful.me. So many different people – with amazing stories – reaching out to and trusting a complete stranger to help them via experience, learning and a diverse perspective. Recently I met with Greg – a super smart engineer with a really interesting invention who sought to understand […]

  • My conclusions from doing 30 days of free remote organisation coaching

    In December, I made this offer and invited help to learn how it might work. I got 11 responses and chose 3 organisations to work with. As the experiment evolved, I shared some early lessons and more here. With the experiment now complete, here are some conclusions I can draw both from qualitative feedback from […]