Looking back to the start of the year, when my current team were green and in an unquestionable forming stage, it’s clear that the challenges we faced were a big part of what made us bond as a team. We waited two months for our official kit to arrive, and during that wait it was… Continue reading Practice makes perfect
No matter how much we try and plan our projects around holidays, and allow for the fact personnel will be off for long periods during the summer holidays, somehow we still manage to grossly underestimate the impact it is going to have on the productivity of our teams. I’ve made a point of displaying the… Continue reading Summertime Blues
The unfortunate consequence of being a new contractor working alongside respected and experienced incumbents is that there is a natural inclination to be deferential to the opinions of those permanent, or long-standing members of staff, regardless of whether they are right or not. Being the new kid on the block, you really don’t want to… Continue reading Navigating the politics of technology
Don’t worry, if on day 1 your team has no kit, no desks to sit at, or software to use. In fact, don’t worry if on day 5 your team still has no kit, permanent location or software, because this will stop them falling into their default position of being glued to a screen, and… Continue reading Lessons learned forming a new development team in the public sector
In my role as Digital Projects Director at Connect Group I wrote the following article upon the successful launch of the new Birmingham Airport website that I managed delivery of and which launched this week. It was an exciting, fast moving project, that wasn’t without its challenges, but the result is a fantastic looking airport… Continue reading Smooth flying
Over on Forbes this week, José Espinosa, discussed the life expectancy of Twitter in an article written by Andrew Cave. The article posed the question on whether or not Twitter would be around to see the Super Bowl LII in 2018, and José gave the opinion that it would not – it would be dead.… Continue reading The future of social media
I’ve run a website for the local running and athletics club for over 7 years now, something I got duped into doing when my 11 year old daughter proudly announced to all and sundry that I’m a web designer, one chilly Sunday morning at a cross-country meeting. It was one of the first websites that I built using WordPress, back in the days when WordPress was a great blogging tool, but not much else…
With the uptake of social media becoming so widespread and so accessible, it’s easy to see how hard it’s become to make talking to your audience through social media 100% failsafe.
When I put together my website I decided it was a good opportunity to try out a responsive design. At that point I hadn’t had a client who could be convinced that the small amount of extra effort needed to create a site that would work well on a number of different devices would be beneficial to their business…
I wrote this article on QR codes recently for my agency blog. A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry.