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Virgin London Marathon Part 3

Frustrating So my calf swelled up and froze….I left my calf to recover for a week, I even did a bit of RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) treatment.  Nothing particularly improved, it was quite painful for a few days but … Continue reading

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why superman has no love life

or corporate team dynamics and how heroes can hinder overall team progress “None of us, are as good as all of us” is a quote I frequently hear resounding in my head, Most memorably its times of high pressure where … Continue reading

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Virgin London Marathon Part 2

The good and the bad Well first the good, and that is the running vest has now arrived.  Plus all the forms etc from Sparks including fundraising T-Shirts.  While it felt real before, this is bringing a sense of crystalisation … Continue reading

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Virgin London Marathon Part 1

Background Historically I have never enjoyed running.  I used to say I hated running, which was true, however I hated being overweight slightly more; I chose the path of least hatred.  Other exercises were fine, cross training, spin classes, army … Continue reading

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Thoughtworks Twist as a reporting tool – feedback loops part 1

A short while back I blogged on my thoughts-from-the-front-line-with-thoughtworks-twist and mentioned in it that it provided a pretty good reporting tool in its own way. Well we managed to put it to good use. Ok, we hacked it a bit, … Continue reading

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one born every minute

Can we learn anything from giving birth early, about early project delivery? On the 19th July 2012 we welcomed William Maximus Elbourn into the world, and since then I have had limited time to blog. However I was inspired by … Continue reading

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Cowboy Coders

I often hear this reference banded around, but no-one has really been able to clearly define what a “Cowboy Coder” actually is. We have all seen behaviours in our IT experience of “cow-boyish behaviour” or even know a few “cowboy … Continue reading

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Banishing Warlocks, Witches and other Magicians

Its TOO HARD Thats some of the problem with software development, its that it is perceived to be too hard. Someone is compiling code from over here and deploying over there to those servers with those tns names, and you … Continue reading

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killing zombies using the double tap technique

Or How to kill zombies in a corporate environment Many of us work in a corporate environment. Getting stuff done in a corporate environment has its challenges at the best of times, but when the company has decided to put … Continue reading

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Thoughts from the front line with ThoughtWorks Twist

At the beginning of this year I was fortunate to be drafted into a team with the task of enabling them to sucessfully use a new-to-the-bank tool called Twist developed by ThoughtWorks. What is Twist, and what other tools is … Continue reading

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