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Author Peter Brookes-Smith

Peter Brookes-Smith

Entrepreneur Nomination

Someone was kind enough to nominate me for this award. It’s for the Entrepreneurial CEO of the year for IT Services in Western Europe. I’m on quite a long list at the moment and the next cut is being done on the basis of my answers to these questions. Which was more rewarding: Creating or maintaining […]

Learning with colour…

I’ve been creating, building or transforming businesses for over 25 years now, but before that I was a developer. And whilst it’s been a long time since I wrote software professionally, I still love to have a side project to help me learn new things (and it’s a more useful hobby than doing a crossword!). […]

Are Values in Business our Fair Weather Friend?

When I was in Warsaw in 2015, I met a lady called Zofia Dzik and late last year, she asked me if I would speak at a conference she was organising. The subject is very close to my heart and so of course I agreed. This blog isn’t a transcript of my speech but it’s […]

DWP – A Tech Talk

I was asked recently to give a talk to some of the leadership team at the Department of Work and Pensions. They run a monthly lunchtime session and ask people from industry and academia to come in and share their experiences. Their Director General for Digital Technology is Mayank Prakash and as I understood it, […]

When you need to set up in a new country…

This blog was written following a discussion with a UK national newspaper and they asked for information on setting up in a new country. If it’s hard to compete because of your UK cost base and you’re looking for a new location, how should you decide where to go? Of course, the best answer would […]

A lightning tour of my top 5…

I was asked to speak at a National Outsourcing Association (NOA) Public Sector Event in London recently. I described my talk in the abstract as: “A lightning tour of my 5 most valuable ideas for creating highly collaborative, highly productive client/supplier partnerships”. I thought that some of my team might also be interested and decided […]

Tools for Project Managers

I was asked recently: “What are the best tools for project managers?”. Of course, it’s an impossible question as there are so many tools and so many problems that need solving. It all depends on the context. However, I’ll make the case for a free suite of tools by explaining how a team I was in […]

Performance Testing for BI

A while ago, we needed to run a significant number of performance tests for a BI application written on the Microsoft stack. The non functional requirements had been a bit neglected during the early stages of the project and when there was a change in the clients business it sharpened our focus and the number […]

What is this devops thing?

For the last couple of years I’ve been struggling a bit with the idea of devops. At the root of it, was my own lack of clarity about what devops is. My question remained unanswered and it wasn’t for the want of trying. I went to conferences, attended talks, read articles and met with people […]

Why are we a values driven company?

I was asked this question recently by one of my colleagues in the communication team. To preserve his anonymity, let’s just call him Mr Faber! The short answer seemed like a statement of the obvious: Because it’s what I believe in and it’s the only way I know how to run a business in a […]