DPM:UK 2016 – A very late roundup

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I had a great time at DPM:UK in  January this year and have only just had the time to blog about it. My highlights included: Hanging out with my PM colleagues Talking about Meditation on the train back with @digicalix Listening and talking to Brett and Sam and musing about what a global DPM community …

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Self Analysis with Harvest

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This is a reproduction of a guest blog I wrote for Harvest at: https://www.getharvest.com/blog/2015/11/using-harvest-to-automate-tasks-improve-work-happiness/   How long before the robots attack? While getting drinks one Friday after work, some friends and I got round to discussing whether it would be such a bad thing if robots took over the world. We didn’t come up with …

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Maurauti Chicken A great curry from Kadai & Naan

Curry at Kadai & Naan

Posted in Food, Oxford, Thoughts

It’s Tuesday. I’m cold and I just got £50 in cash that was owed paid back to me. So I’ve nipped off for a curry on my own at Kadai & Naan on Cowley Road. It feels a bit self indulgent, greedy and anti-social, but it also feels really good. I had a friend who …

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Building a Community With Slack

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The rise of Slack is pretty incredible. It was nothing that new Everyone was fine using Skype/IRC/Yammer/Hipchat/Whatever for instant communication Yet now it seems like everyone is on Slack (And if you’re not, you really should be) I was introduced to Slack right at the point where I was trying to do some clever automation …

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DPM Summit 2015: NO PMs – It’s the future

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Thanks for checking out my blog. I’ve broken up my DPM: Summit talk into 3 distinct posts. For the ‘Price per Point’ contracts stuff check out Part 1 here Part 2 about automation tools is here Slide deck here The role of managing a digital project is not one person’s responsibility. It is a team effort. …

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DPM Summit Talk : Building the Robo-PM

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Thanks for checking out my blog. I’ve broken up my DPM: Summit talk into 3 distinct posts. For the ‘Price per Point’ contracts stuff check out Part 1 here This is Part 2 about automation Part 3: No PMs – It’s the future. Is here.   As Digital PMs, we are living in an amazing …

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My favourite pub is now a coffee shop…

Posted in Food, Oxford, Pubs

I used to love the Prince of Wales in Iffley. It was a proper pub with proper beer, a proper fire and proper alcoholics propping up the bar. Though not a regular, I used to always get a warm welcome from Peter and Lona when they ran the pub, and Peter was one of the …

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Retromat Print Edition

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http://www.plans-for-retrospectives.com/print/index.html Retromat is one of the finest tools out there for project managers or teams needing an idea for a retrospective. I’ve used it countless times and while I don’t follow its format to the letter, I do find it provides a really useful springboard to creating your own effective retrospectives. Often you need a …

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The Big Do

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On May 15th, myself and the PMs of White October put on The Big Do conference/event. It was a fairly big deal for me as it: Proved that it was possible to do such a thing and there would be an audience for it Promoted a different side of Oxford that conference attendees don’t always …

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Holly Davis on driving project success

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I’m very lucky to work with Holly Davis. She’s been a source of inspiration and support during the ups and downs of being a PM. Recently she wrote a guest blog for Resource Guru. It’s one of the best blogs I’ve read for some time and contains some sound PM advice. Check it out at: …

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