Year: 2017

  • Forward-thinking during year-end reviews

    Forward-thinking during year-end reviews

    Year-end reviews think back on the year, while this is important it’s also a good opportunity to be forward thinking for next year. Whether it’s for us or others, preparing for next year while reflecting on this one can prove valuable. The goal-setting period usually creeps up on us and, before we know it, we’re…

  • Mentorship: 3 approaches and who really benefits

    Mentorship: 3 approaches and who really benefits

    Mentoring can be wide-ranging from offering guidance to advice and support. Approaches can vary, from the very informal to a fully documented structured program. Different approaches have their merits, the correct one will depend on the goal of the mentorship and the people involved. It could be said that any approach is better than none,…

  • 155 is my number

    155 is my number

    I recently watched the movie Sully starring Tom Hanks. Most people will remember the actual event on January 15th, 2009 that the film is based on but I didn’t know anything about the pilot or the investigation that followed. Not only did I really enjoy the movie, I thought it provides some great examples in…

  • What does it take to be a tech manager?

    What does it take to be a tech manager?

    When I first became a tech manager it was an exciting time, I knew it would be a challenge and was ready to go! I quickly realized management is not something a two-day training course can really prepare you for but I had one thing going for me, I knew I wanted to be a…

  • Getting the recruitment process right is a challenge

    Getting the recruitment process right is a challenge

    Recruitment is rarely seen as an exciting process but it should be because this is a chance strengthen your team. The new role could be to replace someone or grow the team, either way, there’s an opportunity to bring in some new skills or experience that will benefit the team as a whole. The technical…

  • Tell me what’s wrong with this plan

    Tell me what’s wrong with this plan

    Imagine being in a team when the manager gets you all together to present a plan for a new project starting in a few weeks. It doesn’t have to be a software project, it could be anything. The plan includes the vision for the project, timescales, and people’s names against areas of work. After a…

  • Tracking your Continuous Delivery progress

    Tracking your Continuous Delivery progress

    Shifting your organisation or teams towards Continuous Delivery is a challenge, there is a lot to discuss, plan, and implement. There are not only technical hurdles to get over but the mindset of the teams has to evolve with the new practices. With Continuous Delivery covering many different functions we can easily get lost on…

  • Continuous Delivery proven to improve IT performance

    Continuous Delivery proven to improve IT performance

    All organisations strive for high-performing IT departments, it can be said the health of an organisation could be gauged by looking at their IT department alone. We see constant change programs devised and rolled out to tackle inefficiency with results that are often disappointing which need more changes! Unless changes are made based on relevant…

  • Lead the team as if you had no power

    Lead the team as if you had no power

    Leading Lean Software Development is a great read and would recommend for any tech leader. There is a lot to draw from and learn but for this blog it was a quote on the last page that caught my attention: to lead the organisation as if I had no power What an excellent mindset to…