I’ve just started using Microsoft Planner. It’s a new online planning tool launched last month as part of Office365. It’s interesting that Microsoft have created such a tool given its investment in the bloated MS-Project. But is it something we should all be using instead?
I have had a number of conversations over the last few months with people who have experienced the demise or watering down of innovation departments in large corporations. It seems that whilst CEOs and their teams recognise the value of innovation, their ability to nurture it continues to elude them.
Outsourcing software delivery capability has been a trend over the last few decades. Even outsourced Agile models have seen successes. However, with more focus on dynamic digital software products, rapidly evolving customer needs and empowered product teams, has the outsourced software model run its course?
Managing technology change programmes can often feel like a ‘bloody trail of gangster revenge’. The 1971 film Get Carter describes Jack Carter’s (Michael Caine's) quest for vengeance as 'following a complex trail of lies, deceit, cover-ups and backhanders’. The pun-intended Kata learning technique that sits behind Toyota's Lean success provides a painless alternative for delivering programmes successfully in the dynamic digital era.
Black Friday is an American tradition that UK retailers have jumped on this year. It’s a great new ‘event’ to create marketing buzz and get us spending on the high street and online.
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2014 provided us with a plethora of statistics and colourful diagrams explaining that Internet usage via the mobile phone was, as expected, on the rise. Proponents of the mobile website discussed its benefits and the popularity of responsive design, and how it cost less than developing dedicated apps. Google - with a 67% share of the browser market - announced that it would recommend responsive design configurations. Flurry Analytics - owned by Yahoo – stated, on the other hand, that native apps were increasing their domination of the mobile web, surpassing the direct smartphone web usage by a massive 68%.