Write down your insights, and read them every week

When you have been involved in enough software projects, you build up a kind of mental muscle memory; a cheat book of what works well and what does not: X and Y save time, and Z will cause everything to catch on fire six months down the line. But when you make certain career moves, you revert to a …

Should you build it, or abandon it?

Over time a product will accumulate many features. Some are core features. Some are proofs of concept that have yet to be validated. Some are proofs of concept that failed. Some were once extremely relevant but are no longer fit for purpose. Some are a work in progress. The point is: features …

'Just because I can build this, should I?'

When it first became available to anyone with a telephone line and a modem, The World Wide Web was a very special place. Every trip onto the Web was a voyage of discovery. Content was being created at breakneck speeds, and behind every website was someone who took on the mantle of …

Humans Around A Desk #5 - It's all about keeping perspective

Thu, Sep 2, 2021

Keeping perspective with growth In the early days of a product, it is difficult to get a good measure of which of your efforts work well and which do not. You can get a lot of great feedback from your …

Write down your insights, and read them every week

Sat, Aug 28, 2021

When you have been involved in enough software projects, you build up a kind of mental muscle memory; a cheat book of what works well and what does not: X and Y save time, and Z will cause everything …

Humans Around A Desk #4 - It's all about making sensible decisions

Mon, Jun 14, 2021

It’s never too late to standardise terminology Every organisation has tricky terminology. Whenever key features evolve, the product pivots or time simply passes, words once used to describe …

Humans Around A Desk #3 - It's all about choosing the right things

Wed, Apr 28, 2021

Showcase things selectively What do users see when they first visit your site? Your most popular product? What about everything else? Do you worry that, if you don’t show something front and …

Should you build it, or abandon it?

Wed, Apr 21, 2021

Over time a product will accumulate many features. Some are core features. Some are proofs of concept that have yet to be validated. Some are proofs of concept that failed. Some were once extremely …

'Just because I can build this, should I?'

Thu, Mar 18, 2021

When it first became available to anyone with a telephone line and a modem, The World Wide Web was a very special place. Every trip onto the Web was a voyage of discovery. Content was being created at …

Humans Around A Desk #2 - It's all small stuff and hard work

Sun, Mar 7, 2021

Safety has to be felt The best workers are those who feel psychologically safe. A workplace filled with fear and intimidation is bad not only for employees' productivity, but also their mental …

Humans Around A Desk #1 - It's all about the people

Sat, Feb 6, 2021

People matter most Back in May I spoke on a podcast about remote working. Although it already felt like it had been forever, the pandemic was still relatively fresh, and my message was clear: …

Creating a new messenger experience

Tue, Feb 2, 2021

This article was originally published on the WONDR blog. As the WONDR platform has grown, so too has the requirement to constantly consider whether the features that were fit for purpose yesterday …

Reading list for a new CTO

Sun, Jan 24, 2021

I always maintain a list of a dozen or so books to read, so this article is updated whenever I finish a new book that makes me say ‘wow’. Eighteen months ago I stepped into a CTO role, …