In recent weeks and months I have been thinking a lot about the place of openness, honesty and authenticity when running a business. I’ve been reading the inspiring Culture Shock by Will McInnes and one of the major themes that I have been struck by is the role of failure within an organisation.
At Dootrix we run our software teams using the agile framework. In all of my previous roles as a developer, consultant or project manager a variant of Prince 2 has been the project delivery mechanism or choice. So, now that I run my own shop, why have we opted to use agile instead?
Paul Boag, one of the founders and directors of Headscape, once said; “We specialise in sh*t projects.” If, like me, you run projects for a normal, every day web agency. If you do not always get the opportunity to be working with the latest cool technology or utilize the next whizz bang idea. If you […]
Back in March, when I first had an attempt at launching this blog, I published an article called “Warm BodyÂ Syndrome“.Â DespiteÂ nobody actually reading it at the time (except Sam Barnes; thanks Sam) it is my most popular post via google searches. As Headscape are back on theÂ recruitmentÂ merry-go-round (product marketing or something(?) | tech guy/gal), and some […]
A big, if not the biggest, part of my job as a web project manager is dealing with clients. This isÂ actuallyÂ the part of the job I enjoy the most and see the client as, very much, a part of the project team. I have found that an honest and transparentÂ approachÂ is best when dealing withÂ query’sÂ and problems […]
ConfidenceÂ plays anÂ importantÂ role in many areas of our lives. You will often here it said of footballer, for example, that they are a confidence player. I know from my ownÂ inabilityÂ to play golf that I become marginally less rubbish if I haveÂ confidenceÂ in my next shot. Leaders who lead directly and with confidence are people that we want […]
“I don’t know” is actually a valid answer to a problem. “Let me think about that” is not an excuse to waste time. “I think I should discuss this problem with my peers” doesn’t present you as incapable. No need to be infallible We all want to be seen in the best light. We don’t […]
We’ve all been there. There is a hole in your team, a job that needs to be done. Maybe somebody has moved on leaving a vacancy or your activities have expanded to such an extent that new skills or more resource is needed. And what’s more, you need it now! The temptation is to fill […]
It’s very easy to indentify when something is wrong. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small one person task or a large project being undertaken by a whole team of people, finding issues is normally… Â no, I would say, always possible; even easy to do. By spotting a problem you are nothing new. You are […]