project management

Tie Your Shoelaces!

At the company meet-up held at “Dougal McGuire’s” Irish pub, Richard, the CTO,challenged Willie, the CEO, to a shoes lace tie off. Perplexed, Willie agreed. The adjudicators Emelie – UX team lead, Henry – Marketing Director and Mike – Tech…

What’s Wrong With Multitasking?

With today’s need to get things done and long lists of several jobs that need doing now, we are all pressured into multitasking! We may even think we’re pretty good at it and it makes us more efficient. However, a…

Planetary Requirements

Until 1781, humans had believed there to be only six planets (including Earth) in the solar system. Although many eminent astronomers had previously spotted the planet Uranus, they had always presumed it to be just another star and listed it…

The Agile Mandate

XYZ were a digital agency and over the years had done many software projects for their customers with varying degrees of success. After learning that many companies were having great success with Agile processes and noticing that even the UK…

Rational Prioritisation

Another excellent article on stakeholder value by our mentor, Tom Gilb. Read about the principles of rational prioritisation here Well done, Tom!  

Do You Get The Point?

Willy, the CEO, was at his desk feeling very satisfied and confident as he read the monthly IT report. Everything was looking good, the report told him the development teams were really performing well and velocity was up yet again.…

Cross-Functional Conundrum Video

All of you fans of our Agile story series will be pleased to hear their is now a YouTube video available of the Cross Functional Conundrum. If you’ve been affected by any of the issues in the video contact: Value…

Field of Dreams Marketing

It was 2005, some years after the dotcom boom and a financial software house asked Colin to help with a project they just couldn’t seem to deliver. Colin sat down at the table with the development team and Henry, the…

Missing Stakeholder Value

Willy the CEO slammed down his mobile after another ear bashing from his biggest investor. He took a breath, dialled the newly appointed CTO and explained the situation. “We’re in the last chance saloon, RJ. The board have given us…

The 3 Most Common Project Names?

Reading the Guardian article and associated Wikipedia entry about Project Xanadu reminded me of a conversation I had with some other coaches one time about the most common project names. Watch the youtube video here The most common name for an…

Project Takes 54 years to deliver

According to the Guardian, project Xanadu, originally commenced in 1960 and has had it’s first release. Ted Nelson, the main who coined the term ‘HyperText’ conceived the project and it is seen as a ‘better’ alternative to current web technologies.…

Stragedy! When the feelings gone and you can’t go on…

When your vendor is telling you that you cannot have the infrastructure needed for your first release because it doesn’t fit the overall ‘strategy’ When you’re offered statements like, “of course we can do a ‘tactical’ solution now but this…

Crisis? What crisis?

Interesting to see an article by Scott Ambler in Dr Dobbs where he purports to ‘debunk’ the software crisis by criticising the use of the figures from the Standish Group’s Chaos Report. In the article Scott says his own research…