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Precision and Accuracy

February 1, 2011 // Work

Years and years ago, when I was running Insurance Data Warehouse projects, I had a Business Analyst in my team with whom I often had misunderstandings because she was far more precise with her language than I was. Most of the time anyway. I think this Business Analyst was unusual – as a species, we’re…

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Agile 2010 – Braindump

August 15, 2010 // Work

I have just returned from a five day conference in Orlando, Agile 2010, hosted by the Agile Alliance. I’ve been doing SCRUM for about 4 years, depending on whether the client engagements I’ve been on have allowed it. When they haven’t, it’s generally been their loss. I’ve come to this conclusion after observing how things…

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Why I think MoSCoW Sucks

August 11, 2010 // Work

I’m at the Agile 2010 Conference in Orlando. There are many excellent presenters here. Naturally, there is a lot of talk about Agile artefacts, including Product Backlogs. I was surprised to hear advocacy of MoSCoW for prioritisation as opposed to the purer “Essential Yes/No” flag and sorting the backlog by value/ feasibility/ cost etc. For…

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Agile Conference 2010: Orlando

August 9, 2010 // Work

I’m at the Agile 2010 conference in Orlando. I’ve travelled out here with some colleague from work and we’ve tactically split up to cover as much of the conference as possible. The conference is being held at Disneyworld, which isĀ a little strange. For example, the towels in my room have been arranged into a Mickey…

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What Not to Do – Project Management Mistakes to Avoid

November 10, 2009 // Work

I’m a big fan of lists. Heck – show me a project manager who isn’t a fan of lists! I’m especially fond of lists that explain how not to do something. This way, I feel as though I’m learning from the expensively-gained experience of others. The list isn’t meant to be exhaustive and isn’t meant…

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Explaining the Internet to a Five Year Old

July 30, 2007 // Work

This post originally appeared on my Conchango Blog in 2007. I was having a chat with some friends the other day and we ended up talking about how one might describe the internet to a child. One of my friends described how, whilst fixing his router, his flatmate’s 5-year old boy asked him, “Why isn’t…

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Conchango, Daily Mail and Vista: The eReader

February 21, 2007 // Work

This post originally appeared on my Conchango Blog in 2007. Conchango has been working intensively over the past two months with Microsoft andĀ Associated Newspapers to create an application that allows users to to read the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday using advanced screen reading technology. The application launches today. It has been dubbed “The…

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Orange Movie Pitch: “Web 2.0 on a plane”

September 4, 2006 // Work

This post originally appeared on my Conchango Blog in 2006. I need to upgrade my personal mobile phone pretty badly. Conchango issue us with lovely Vodafone v1240 Smartphones, but I was looking out for a hot new deal to upgrade my tired old Nokia 6230. I’m a typical web user. I want to get to…

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