Category book

An End and a Beginning

I’m playing with an ending for my book, what do you think? Current ways of working are making us sick, is this the cure? Working in a hierarchy, being told what to do, rushing with no time for reflection, no purpose is making us sick. We suffer from anxiety, depression, tension, loneliness, paranoia. We take […]

When a team comes together

When a team comes together there can be a fundamental change. The friendship becomes more important than defending our existing beliefs and we allow multiple viewpoints to coexist and contribute to a more complete whole. I’ve never seen this happen consistently, except in the team I have worked with for over 10 years. The team […]

Creativity needs collaboration

When I started working in an office, there was little opportunity for creation. I followed instructions as I tried to replicate the methods approved by management and avoid risk. In my second office job, I worked alone developing solutions. There were few rules and I fumbled around with the mass of options available to me. […]

Sometimes we are free, sometimes we feel pressure

I always feel a few minutes of anxiety before a work day starts, I think it lingers from my first days at Sea as I descended into a noisy sweltering engine room full of fear. When we gather for our standup we start with a few minutes of small talk, to ease those nerves. Small […]

The Blamer

I have a long list of people I like to blame for the dysfunction I see in organisations. I blame Managers, Directors, CEO’s, Testers, Salesmen, Recruiters, Architects, IT Engineers, Customers, Business Analyst, Help Desk, HR, Finance, Consultants and Coaches. I blame those with more experience and those just starting. I blame the courageous and the […]

Assumptions were made for testing

Here’s another extract from my book-in-progress “The Programmers Guide To People”, the first few chapters should be available at the end of May on LeanPub. You can sign up to be notified when it is here The Oxford Dictionary defines an assumption as: “a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, […]