What do you (really) do?

The question of what an industry or organisation is for – the fundamental thing it does – is becoming increasingly relevant because so much of our modern life is about communication (rather than shifting lumps of stuff around). It used to be that communication of information and transport of goods limited how quickly supply chains could … [Read more…]

What is the point of your work?

What is the point of you? What is the point of your business? Of your industry? When you retire, when you sell up, give up or when it all ends what will you have done? I don’t mean what’s your purpose or what’s your “why”. I mean: What is the fundamental thing which creates demand … [Read more…]

How to make dev teams work better

These are some dev team philosophies I’ve collected from the agency I’m Technical Director at, plus observations at companies large and small with worked with. Making some things explicit shifts the responsibility to the team, but also enables them to get more done. When the responsibility isn’t clearly in their court, the quality falls rapidly … [Read more…]

What’s the best technology to use in 2015?

I don’t know. But nor does anyone else. I’ve spent a lot of my career convincing customers to choose us and the technology we’re selling. In truth though, there is not “right” technology. You have to get a lot of things right like the team behind it, the supporting ecosystem, the right tools and so … [Read more…]

How not to let the future eat you.

5:3:2 for thinking strategically about the future. Properly. How much thinking about the future should you do? If you want to maintain control, the best way of planning for the future is the 5:3:2 rule. Think about the short term for 50% of the time, the medium term for 30% and the distant future for … [Read more…]

Profound or hot air?

These guys made a system which lets you build websites. That’s not new. And they don’t sell it in the traditional “CMS” way. I’m not sure what I think of this, but it’s one of those points when perhaps the new generation of tools is on to something. Maybe WordPress (which is what this blog is … [Read more…]

Staying afloat is a matter of balance

@billjaneway has a great saying, which I’ll paraphrase as: a business just needs cash and control to stay alive. Cash to keep its operations going, and control to change what it need to and generate more cash. This is part of a series I’m doing to answer questions people ask me. This question was asked by … [Read more…]