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Making sense of Governance

What is Governance? Why do we need it? Does it mean the end of fun? Is it all bad? Is it the same as Management? Over the years, I thought about these questions and many more. It is a journey that started with dislike and fear for Governance and now I accept and embrace it. […]

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!). […]

REAL UX help wanted! – why recruiting UX Designers is such a drag…

Getting the right candidate to fill the open ‘UX Designer’ position at your company can be painful. Currently, the job market is full of people calling themselves ‘UX Designers’ (or something similar) but the number of potential candidates that actually live up to the title is much lower. The second reason why companies struggle so […]

Energy distribution – a PoC in cooperation with Microsoft

A few months ago I knew nothing about energy distribution. I could only say that there is a power plant, there is an electricity line, a transformer and finally the energy meter and my end devices. I also wasn’t interested in this subject until there was a problem to solve. The beginning I love my […]

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 […]

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 […]