Monday, September 21, 2015

SF Monday #1

my five bullet Monday

  • Getting a good night sleep is a top priority. check out the man who taught Ronaldo to sleep
  • free diving is so peaceful.  loving the cinematography of this underwater video
  • for people wanting to understand tech better i've been recommending udacity
  • my kids have started gcse, these are a couple of top youtube revision sites; mr Bruff, myGCSEScience
  • the book I'm reading is Armada by Ernest Cline, author of the classic Ready Player One

Friday, March 20, 2015

2 ways to have better meetings

Think about posting your agenda topic as a question, then think about any prework you want everyone to do then finally what process you can use to get there. More at Hbr

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

9 LondonReal videos to turbocharge 2015

watch these 9 awesome interviews by Brian Rose at LondonReal. Don't just watch them resolve to take action.

Friday, December 12, 2014

3 essential meetings for projects

When running a successful project getting the balance of meeting right is essential. 
Three essential meetings that need to be in the calender are
1. Project progress review meeting
2. Risk review meeting
3. Change control review meeting

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

4 things to do to prevent performance failure

A common issue where I work is buying Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) software then finding that when it goes live that it crawls along like a tortoise. The promises of the vendor just don't get realized.

As a project manager system performance is a risk that should be in the risk register. Based on my experience it has a high likelihood of occurrence and can cause significant delays in roll out or adoption.

Knowing the risk is only 10% of the battle. the other 90% is what you're going to do about it.

My top 4 recommendations for managing performance risk

  • Ensure the system architecture is adequate. this comes down to the right number of CPUs, disks, memory. Also ensure you have expansion option.
  • Before you buy, audit the testing done by the supplier. Ensure they have performance requirements written down and that the system has been tested against them.
  • Write performance requirements into the acceptance criteria of the contract. Be extremely clear what the requirement is and that you wont be paying unless you meet the requirements.
  • Perform technical due diligence. Get software installed and load test it. Use inspection tools to evaluate have efficiently it communicates, such as chattiness and packet size.

Monday, September 15, 2014

the best productivity app youre not using

There is a great little app called trello which used the Kanban idea of work flow from lean manufacturing.  
what i like about this app is that you can split your tasks  so that you have a separate task board per project and tasks within a board can be sub categorised too.
As each task moves from not started to in progress to done they task notes can move left to right on the board.

remember if you use this to minimise Muda (waste) and limit the items of work in progress.