Category Archives for Business

Keep It Clean In Your Workplace

(This is a contributed post) How many times during the working day do you think that ‘it’s fine because the cleaners can sort it?’. How many times do you avoid walking across the room to the bin? If you’re anything like many managers, you’ve done this at least a few times. You’ve got important stuff […]

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Should You Run Your Business from a Brick and Mortar Store or Operate Online?

(This is a contributed post) When you set up a small business you have a tough decision on your hands – whether to set up a brick and mortar store or to set up online? Now, there are benefits that come with both, so the final decision will rest solely on your brand and its […]

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Is Your Website As Trustworthy As You Think?

(This is a contributed post from Ali Rand). In more than one ways, a transaction with a business is an act of trust. When a client puts their faith in your services or products, the last thing you want to do is to disappoint them. Consequently, as an entrepreneur, your first priority is to ensure […]

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Managing Green Strategies Without Business Disruptions

(This is a contributed post) As a business owner in 2019,  you can’t afford to ignore how your company affects the ecosystem. Non only is it become increasingly popular to establish green policies in companies, but companies that fail to put the environment on their to-do list risk facing the backlash of their audience and […]

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Important Investments For Peak Productivity

All SMEs face a common threat. A threat that, if left unchecked, can irrevocably tarnish their reputation, alienate their customer base and disenfranchise their workforce. It can cost a small fortune in lost revenue and even more in clawing said revenue back. It can stymie their cash flow, impinge on their bottom line and even […]

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Uncertainty of benefits versus costs

benefits vs costs

I think a lot about estimation. I used to do a lot of estimation with my teams. When the organisation I’m currently working for started doing agile, we did loads of estimation. We were constantly being asked for estimates. High-level estimates, low-level estimates, feature level estimates, story level estimates. We would spend a lot of […]

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Why agile projects need to fund BML properly

One of the key concepts from Eric Ries’ seminal book, the Lean Startup, is “Build Measure Learn”, or BML. This means that rather than deliver projects in a sequence, organisations should build something small, measure behaviour and learn from those measurements, then loop back and build again (i.e. extend or change the product). While many […]

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What does “project success” mean?

A few years ago, I did a training course in project management. Right near the beginning, they told us about the dreaded Chaos Report. Ever heard about that This was a yearly document produced by the Standish Group (an IT consulting firm) that produced alarming statistics on the vast number of failed projects. We were […]

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Cloud, the shift from buy to rent, and everything as a service

Cloud computing is an often misunderstood concept that fell victim to Gartner’s hype cycle in a pretty spectacular way. But it is a real thing and it is a game changer (it already has changed many games) and it is here to stay. But there are plenty of blogs and books that can tell you […]

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Pricing of technical debt

I talked recently about technical debt and the importance of cleaning it up via regular refactoring. This article will explain the pricing of technical debt and why we should do it. Any information system will probably at some point suffer from large scale or “macro” technical debt. This often happens when a project is implemented […]

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