The rise of the muppet

Posted by on Feb 20, 2013 in culture, leadership, management | One Comment

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.

How we do agile

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?

Give your team room to express themselves

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 […]

Warm Body Syndrome – reprise

Posted by on Dec 8, 2009 in headscape, management, recruitment | 2 Comments

Back in March, when I first had an attempt at launching this blog, I published an article called “Warm Body Syndrome“. Despite 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 the recruitment merry-go-round (product marketing or something(?) | tech guy/gal), and some […]

Project managers: the great ambassadors of our time

A big, if not the biggest, part of my job as a web project manager is dealing with clients. This is actually 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 transparent approach is best when dealing with query’s and problems […]

Confidence is king

Posted by on Nov 9, 2009 in culture, leadership, management, solutions, team | 5 Comments

Confidence plays an important 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 own inability to play golf that I become marginally less rubbish if I have confidence in my next shot. Leaders who lead directly and with confidence are people that we want […]

Reduced to stereotypes

I’m often asked questions about the differences between working with designers and developers. Today an article I wrote for was published which takes a brief look at this question. Don’t Reduce Your Designers And Developers To Stereotypes

It’s OK to not know.

Posted by on Oct 22, 2009 in culture, leadership, management, team | 2 Comments

“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 […]

Warm body syndrome

Posted by on Mar 16, 2009 in leadership, management, recruitment, team | 4 Comments

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 […]

Solutions not problems

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…  no, I would say, always possible; even easy to do. By spotting a problem you are nothing new. You are […]