Making Meetings More Manageable

"Never ask a question you didn't know the answer too". The first rule I was taught in advocacy at law school.  Sometimes it can be one of the biggest allies in getting through meetings, a fact championed by my colleague Jamie Griffiths when we were delivering the incredible Enterprise Product, "Playmaker" at Reading Room. As [...]

By |2020-05-19T12:44:05+00:00May 19th, 2020|Home Carousel, Project Management|0 Comments

5 Tips for Setting up Remote Agile Teams

During the recent Maxwell Bond Webinar (kindly organised by Riana Butler) on "Agile Project Delivery" I sat as a panellist. There was an impressive turnout and some outstanding questions posed by the attendees. One of the queries revolved around any "gotchas" for setting up agile teams remotely. This piqued my interested as agile and remote [...]

By |2020-05-11T14:42:51+00:00May 11th, 2020|Home Carousel, Project Management|0 Comments

The Grand Bore

The room erupted in laughter when my colleague accidentally had a double typo in a sprint meeting and wrote “twat” instead of “test”… “I blame the ergonomic keyboard”, was her response. At least the team were paying attention to what she was writing and not mindlessly looking at Instagram on their phones. Worryingly though, none [...]

By |2018-11-15T15:12:34+00:00November 15th, 2018|Home Carousel|0 Comments

Using Clouds to Help the Homeless

The tech ops guys were banging on about CloudFlare again, and I had no idea why. Did Cloudflare sponsor them? Surely it couldn't be that good, right? And anyway it would be super technical and a little bit out of reach for a mere Product Manager? While hurrying to the rain-swept car park after work, I [...]

By |2020-06-01T20:23:45+00:00November 29th, 2017|Home Carousel, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Digital Disappointment

Frustration increased as my colleague prodded her greasy index finger on my Macbook Pro’s screen and tried to swipe the web page we were looking at to the right. “It’s not a touchscreen”, I pointed out. The look of surprise and bewilderment which crossed her face made a couple of neurons fire in my agitated [...]

By |2017-08-24T12:50:48+00:00January 4th, 2017|Home Carousel, Uncategorized|0 Comments

When Zero Talent Counts

Getting a highly qualified candidate with the most in-depth knowledge about your company’s chosen technology is the most valuable potential employee right? From experience, this turns out not to be true. When I first started my own business, I got two valuable lessons by the Marketing whizz Felix Clarke and the POS guru Graham Atherton: [...]

By |2016-07-28T12:07:37+00:00July 27th, 2016|Home Carousel, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do Project Managers Need KPIs

Key Performance Indicators, they’re not something a project manager needs to worry about right? They’re just a buzzy term used by senior management to “get things done”? Wrong. KPI’s can be the project manager's best friend and enable you to show delivery success, give team credit and allow you to investigate areas where support is [...]

By |2016-07-05T19:43:10+00:00June 30th, 2016|Home Carousel, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Failure is not an option fallacy

Many managers use the term "failure is not an option". One of the best pieces of advice I've ever heard came from Mark Yates who stated: "people who never fail, rarely do anything". At first, I thought it was just a pun, a throwaway comment. But it's true failure is normal, it's how our species [...]

By |2016-07-04T10:04:39+00:00September 11th, 2015|Home Carousel|0 Comments
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