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 […]

Agile Planning – How to plan quickly and collaboratively

A summary of the 02/08/2016 Digital Project Managers meetup on agile planning. Estimating jobs Gather the whole team for this exercise. e.g. UX design, developers, testers, product managers. Discuss each job, and collaboratively rank the jobs in order of complexity. Think about all the work that will be required to get this job ready to […]

Agile Foundation – some key insights from the BCS course

In May this year I obtained the BCS Agile Foundation certification. Here are some of the key insights. Project variables In a digital project, you have a set of variables that you can control. In a Waterfall project, you attempt to deliver a fixed scope. To meet this, the time and cost may have to […]

A 10 tweet summary of NFP tweetup 30

After a short hiatus, the NFP tweetup has returned – this time held at JustGiving’s offices. Here are ten particularly illuminating tweets from the event: @LucyCaldicott & @Skipinder set up a Facebook group for fundraising discussion They’ve found it helpful to extend their network. 3. Take yourself out of your own little circle. Go speak […]

Let Them Drown – a 10 tweet summary of the 2016 Edward Said London Lecture, delivered by Naomi Klein

The 2016 Edward W. Said London Lecture was delivered by Naomi Klein at the Royal Festival Hall; entitled “Let Them Drown: The Violence of Othering in a Warming World”. Here’s a short summary of this excellent lecture: @NaomiAKlein speaking at #SaidLondonLect — (((H))) (@trinitymandalay) May 4, 2016 Why should we care about climate change? […]

Cognitive Technologies – the real opportunities for business – course notes

In late 2015 I completed an online course on cognitive technology. Here’s a summary of my notes. (NB the course is free to take, and is running again from 14 March to 13 June 2016) What is AI? AI is not about machines ‘thinking’ like humans. AI is the theory and development of computer systems […]

Mobile engagement seminar – Charity Comms

A summary of Charity Comms’ Mobile Engagement seminar, 23 March 2016. I attended via Periscope, and share a few observations on this experience at the end. In August 2015, OFCOM announced that smartphones are now the most used internet device “Mobile is not the future – mobile is happening now” “Where are they now? Probably […]

The DSDM Agile Project Framework for Scrum

I’ve highlighted a few key points from the DSDM Agile Project Framework for Scrum. I’d strongly recommend reading the 2014 White Paper produced by Andrew Craddock, Keith Richards, Dorothy Tudor, Barbara Roberts and Julia Godwin for the DSDM Consortium. Download the 22-page white paper. (DSDM is ‘The Dynamic Systems Development Method’.) The paper provides a […]

What makes an effective digital donation process?

I’ve made donations to a number of top UK charities. They use these techniques to encourage donations: Promote regular giving Amount shopping lists and user choice Ease of use Images of people Social proof, trust seals, where your money goes Emotional reinforcement Use donations as part of a multi-channel relationship I’ll now elaborate a little […]