Management and Leadership of the Agile Organisation

Notes from a talk on Agile management and leadership culture at the Digital Project Managers meetup on 9 March by Chris Davies. Video available. Agile leadership from Chris Davies   A large number of the reported causes for failed agile projects are management-related. This is down to management’s way of thinking. Why do managers think […]

Digital Transformation scrapbook

Here are some key insights from articles I’ve read on digital transformation. The evolution of (Digital) strategy Discussions on digital: How strategy is evolving—and staying the same—in the hypergrowth digital age “My view is that the role of strategist, first and foremost, is the mobilizer. People need to understand where the company is going and […]

Testing two WordPress Gutenberg prototypes

I carried out three user testing sessions of two prototypes of the new editor for WordPress. Users were confident in their digital skills. Here are the results. Key observations The overall design approach is successful. The idea of thinking of content in blocks was easy to grasp, and the context-sensitive popup options were intelligible. The […]

10 tweet summary of NFP Tweetup 32 – Getting off to a good start

Here’s a 10 tweet summary of last night’s NFP Tweetup. I wasn’t actually able to attend the event, but that’s no barrier to summarising the best material from twitter 🙂 Innovation and failure – Luke Williams, RNLI Set up organisation-spanning structures to keep an eye on trends: [email protected] have a 'future trends' group to look […]

What I learnt by building a side project

A few years ago I completed Harvard’s CS50x – an online computer science course. My favourite part of the course was the self-directed final project. I’m interested in the question of how we can filter the mass of digital information that we’re confronted with every day, so that we can enjoy the best bits without […]

Paul Boag: Digital Adaptation – summary

Paul Boag outlines how to adapt your organisation to meet the challenges presented by digital, in the excellent Digital Adaptation. Further resources are available on the Digital Adaptation website. User expectations are set by industry leaders “You may not be in direct competition with Twitter, Google, or even MailChimp, but users will expect the same […]

A spreadsheet to assign jobs to sprints

If you’re following an Agile project management process, and know your development capacity, I’ve made a spreadsheet that automatically assigns a prioritised backlog to sprints, and gives ETAs for each job. You’re welcome to download this semi-automatic-sprint-planning-spreadsheet. (ODS format) The spreadsheet uses a macro to automatically allocate jobs to sprints. You need to tell the […]

Could you be a Digital Superhero? Julie Dodd (Camp Digital 2016)

Here’s a summary of Julie Dodd’s talk at this year’s Camp Digital conference. Julie argues that digital superheroes…: Make products that really help people e.g. the Ugly Mugs app, built for sex workers to make sex work safer, or Tony Canning’s use of 3D printing to reduce the cost of prosthetic limbs from £20,000 to […]

Design for Real Life

Design for Real Life argues that we need to take accessibility more seriously. This goes beyond just conforming to a set of content presentation guidelines (e.g. the W3C standards), and goes to your overall design process. You can buy the book from A Book Apart Identify and challenge assumptions Think about what assumptions you’ve built […]