The gentle art of stopping

I’ve talked about the weight of starting before, but stopping something you’re working on is also hard.

We fall in love with our own products and creations. It’s a choice to work on things we think are important and in doing so we invest in the problems we’re working on. Continue reading…

Everyday is an opportunity to write something

I’m experimenting in December. I’m planning to publish something every day in the run up to Christmas. I’m cheating slightly, in that I’m not committing to weekends.

I used to always look forward to the web design advent calendar – 24 ways, so I thought it would be nice to try something similar. Continue reading…

The mission

Missions are built on words then actions

The mission

Image – nasamarshall

Mission: An important assignment given 
to a person or group of people…

The words we start with are important. I’ve been thinking about mission statements as something most organisations, services, or product teams aren’t great at. Continue reading…

Town hall clock feedback

Surrounding your team with data

Just like making user research a team sport, I believe successful teams make sure everyone is focussed on the data behind the product they’re delivering.

I don’t think this means everyone has to become a data scientist. Continue reading…

Fuzzy words and actions

Your mission is only as good as your focus

fuzzy

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Fuzzy is how I describe things that are unclear.

It’s like squinting, or if you wear glasses taking them off. Everything you’re looking at is out of focus. Continue reading…

What does a successful product or service look like?

Success looks like a product or service that solves a real problem for people.

By solving a problem for people, a product or service creates a sustainable business model. It can then be operated, scaled and improved.

Outside the public sector this creates customers. Continue reading…

Knowing when to fight and when not to fight

One step at a time. One punch at a time. One round at a time.

Rocky Balboa – Creed, 2015

Something I’ve learned.

If it costs you more than winning the fight is worth then know when to surrender. Learn to let things go.

The fight is simply the argument, the difference of opinion, clash of cultures or values. Continue reading…

What doesn’t hurt can eventually kill you

Inertia is the biggest killer in the workplace

We don’t always notice what’s going to hurt us.

If one person in your organisation, department, or team doesn’t care then that probably doesn’t hurt you. But if one person doesn’t care it’s possible that everyone else has reasons not to care. Continue reading…

The technology trap

Are you building momentum or applying the brakes?

Picture of graffiti

Image – jonasb

Technology and technology-driven change has virtually nothing to do with igniting a transformation from good to great. Technology can accelerate a transformation, but technology cannot cause a transformation

Jim Collins – Good to Great

Technology is a tool that can enable the transformation of an organisation or business. Continue reading…

Reasons to get up pt1

Learning to live with creativity

…if I am not creating something, then I am probably actively destroying something (myself, a relationship, or my own peace of mind)

I like ideas. Continue reading…