Serverless is not functions

4th March, 2020

Serverless has come a long way in the last couple of years. The irony is that the more experience you have working with cloud or designing systems, the harder it becomes to unlearn enough to make the leap to serverless.

Walls that Talk

25th February, 2020

The power of physical ‘agile’ walls is when they become a focal point for a team and a conversation starter with other people. The wall should be a contributor to an ongoing conversation – one that changes and evolves – but also be able to present to the world without translation.

Introducing Liam McDowell our new Managing Director – Commercial

24th February, 2020

We're really pleased to be able to introduce our newest member of staff, Liam McDowell. Liam has led strategy, sales, marketing and partnerships, and worked with clients such as M&S, Ustwo, Missguided, Thorntons, L&G and Companies House. He has experience establishing really strong companies employing over 30 people (from just 4 people) delivering consultancy around software engineering as well as a catalog of IP and assets.

Help with our user research…please!

20th February, 2020

The Notbinary Alpha team is working with a Government Department to explore how government can best help businesses to navigate the information and support available to them (online). To make sure that we understand businesses’ needs and that we build the right thing for them, we would like to have interviews with a variety of business owners and senior managers.

Talkin’ loud, saying something

5th February, 2020

Start telling more memorable stories and make it easier for people to care. Teams should be able to wax lyrical on why they are doing something as well as what they are doing. At least to some extent. This needs thought. Everything from email, Slack, meetings, show and tells to blogposts and conference talks need consideration. It doesn’t just happen.

Becoming data driven is a means not an end

27th January, 2020

There’s a risk to seeing data as an end goal; having data for the sake of it does not always lead to better decision making. There are some instances where it is better to be without data than with it – where the data you’re using is inaccurate, or being incorrectly interpreted, or if it’s not used at all in decision making.

The Joy of Missing Out… on building things

21st January, 2020

We talk a lot about prioritisation within product – which feature or project is higher value, which is more effort. We adjust our roadmaps – and communicate the change as features slip up or down a place in priority order. However something I don’t see people doing is saying what they’re not going to do.

Making digital content even more accessible

9th January, 2020

Recently I wanted to share an English podcast with my mother. She doesn’t speak fluent English, so I started looking into ways of translating it into French for her. During my search I found an old article that that highlighted my challenge, “72% of (non-English speaking) consumers spend most of their time on a very, very small fraction of the web”

2020 Tabageddon

2nd January, 2020

Matt Jukes started the year closing some of those open tabs in Chrome and shares some of his 2019 best reads.

How to win at hackathons

21st November, 2019

Hackathons traditionally involve tech and, if you’ve ever tangled with tech — from writing code to setting up a new phone — you’ll know it can turn into an infinite rabbit-hole.

The DVLA Botathon

19th November, 2019

Last week the Notbinary team took part in the DVLA public service #botathon hack in Swansea. This is what happened....

Team Health Tune Up: a new workshop for healthy, high-performing teams

7th November, 2019

We recently ran a new 'Team Health' workshop with a digital team at the Food Standards Agency which was facilitated by Matt Thompson, a consultant specialising in agile teamwork and collaborative leadership practices who was formerly at the Mozilla Foundation. This guest blog covers how it worked and how a similar approach could work for your team.