CIO Archive: Agile methodology best avoided when you have known answers

First published on CIO.co.uk, March 2016. The early glimmers of what became the Play Matrix. In Project Management 101 there is the concept of the Project Golden Triangle. There are three dimensions: cost, time and specification. The idea is that for any project, some of these dimensions are likely to be constrained. If cost is … Continue reading CIO Archive: Agile methodology best avoided when you have known answers

CIO Archive: Sitting on the board might not make you a more effective CIO

First published on CIO.co.uk, May 2016. CIOs should still be careful for what they wish for. For some time I've been voicing scepticism of the importance of the CIO having a seat on an organisation's board to be effective. Too often it has sounded to me like a perceived shortcut to the hard work of … Continue reading CIO Archive: Sitting on the board might not make you a more effective CIO

CIO Archive: The rise of the anthropomorphs

Humanoid intelligence is more than just skin deep First published on CIO.co.uk, July 2016. Sticking a face on technology is still a cheap trick used regularly. There's a friend of mine, a colleague from back in the days when I worked at the BBC, who is a touch obsessed with the psychological concept of pareidolia. Every week … Continue reading CIO Archive: The rise of the anthropomorphs

CIO Archive: The siren call of the unicorn

Agile, Waterfall and stupid ideas First published on CIO.co.uk, November 2016. I still see people making the mistaken assumption that a methodology can make a bad idea good. From my extensive research I can tell you exclusively that the following three things do not exist: UnicornsMermaidsA software development methodology that will always successfully deliver From … Continue reading CIO Archive: The siren call of the unicorn

CIO Archive: #noPC

CIOs need to prepare for a future business computing model without the PC First published on CIO.co.uk, January 2017. This one has turned out to be a bit wrong, given Covid... In my work in the last few years I've been skirting between the worlds of digital and traditional IT. One of the things that … Continue reading CIO Archive: #noPC

Weeknote 500: Ten Years of Weeknoting

Where exactly has 10 years gone? When I wrote the first of these little diary entries back in 2010 I didn't really think that I'd still be doing them more than a decade later. Bar a couple missed during holidays, and one or two posted on a Saturday because the Friday was just too exciting, … Continue reading Weeknote 500: Ten Years of Weeknoting

51 for 50 – 2010

I love the geekiness of Hot Chip. I also love the music and the tender yet essentially maudlin lyrics. The essence of good disco music, basically. I also recall hearing an interview with one of the members of Hot Chip and hearing how despite being a successful modern pop band they were basically brassic. The … Continue reading 51 for 50 – 2010

Weeknote 499: Back to it

This week I have learned: the restorative power of a good break.that it seems I'm getting the key people onside with the longer term approach.liminal is becoming increasingly important. That chap Roland Harwood is a visionary.Back to the office is not the same thing as back to work. I've never worked as hard as I … Continue reading Weeknote 499: Back to it