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Author Peter Brookes-Smith

Peter Brookes-Smith

Value For Money

This article was first published in The Parliamentary Review which is a guide to best practice for industry and is co chaired by Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett. Achieving outstanding value for money cuts across every part of operations, from procurement to HR and everything in between. The optimal use of every resource at our […]

Darwin and The Travelling Salesperson

If a salesperson has to visit all the cities in their patch and then return home every night, how could they work out the shortest route? That was the question posed to me by our consulting director Matt Weaver in about 2013. My initial response was dripping with naivety and he smiled an evil smile! The Travelling […]

Stair Climb Challenge

I’ve never been to a gym. Somehow, I know that the good intentions at the beginning will weaken and be scattered to the winds as real life butts in. The abandoned new year resolution is a cliche for a reason! But I do care about being healthy. About 15 years ago, as the grey on […]

Lessons in Life from an Ai Agent

It’s the custom at Objectivity to invite our colleagues to give talks before the Christmas Party that will entertain and educate us all. This year, I spent some of my personal time exploring Artificial Intelligence and one of my targets was a sub branch called reinforcement learning. It was fascinating and in many ways I found a […]

Four steps towards innovation mastery…

I’ve always loved looking for new ways of doing things. As a teenager on the farm, I think I drove my poor dad wild! In a way, I’ve dedicated my career to it (finding new ways, not driving my dad wild!). I didn’t always realise it at the time, I just kept doing the things […]

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 […]