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We’re All in Sales

It is often said that everyone who works at a company is in sales, and there is some truth in that.  Every time you interact with someone outside of your company you represent your company.  You are being evaluated, and … Continue reading

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Kanban with kids

I recently had a day at home with my kids and we decided (well I decided) that we’d try a new game.  I explained the rules: “Today we are going to get lots of jobs done, but before we do … Continue reading

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Who Said the Software’s Late?

We are always hearing about software projects being late.  My current experience tells me that my own software team will deliver their software later than planned. So why is that?  Let’s firstly get the assumption that the team is somehow … Continue reading

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The Agile Manifesto

The Manifesto for Agile Software Development is a really powerful piece of work and something I really relate to. Not only have some of the finest minds in the business been part of its creation, thousands of others have found that … Continue reading

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Progress – Part 3 (What still needs improving?)

In the previous parts, we looked at how things used to be in the development team, and then looked at how things are now.  This time, lets look at the areas that still need improving. As a small company trying … Continue reading

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Progress – Part 2 (How things are now)

Last time we looked at how things used to be within my development team.  This time, let’s look at how things are now and some of the improvements that have been made. We now have 3 broad teams of developers, … Continue reading

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Progress – Part 1 (How things used to be)

I started as Software Development Manager about 5 years ago and I’d like to share some of the changes that have occurred since then.  Some of those changes I’ve worked hard to create, some were pushed by others within the … Continue reading

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Learning from Mistakes

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone learnt from their mistakes?  Well, I like to think I’m a glass half full sort of person, so I believe that people do learn from their mistakes.  However, what happens when they don’t realise … Continue reading

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The True Cost of Developing Software

How much does it cost to develop software? I remember in my early days of software development I worked for an outsourced software development company and we followed a Waterfall approach to software development.  We had neat phases that we … Continue reading

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The Talent Code

I’ve recently finished reading, The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. Here’s my summary of the key points and how I think we could use these in software development. I’m a definite subscriber to the idea that the best software developers are … Continue reading

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