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Author Peter Brookes-Smith

Peter Brookes-Smith

A lightning tour of my top 5 most valuable ideas…

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 […]

Collaboration

Recently, I was asked to speak at an event about collaboration. The format was 5 by 10 (5 speakers with 10 minutes each and no slides) and was arranged by Alsbridge. It was an interesting format because it made me think hard about collaboration and how we try to create the conditions where it’s a […]

Three go wild in Warsaw!

It was a lovely sunny morning late in March when I saw Dorota waving to me outside the Stock Exchange building in Warsaw. We were there with Marta to attend the Polish Great Place to Work awards ceremony and we were all feeling pretty nervous. We’d seen our company results already and knew that overall […]