I’ve learned a lot in my first year working for Notbinary . A big lesson however is that some of the key positions in the ‘squads’ we provide are a little different from when you are on the other side of the table
If you’re an experienced practitioner who’s thinking of taking the plunge, or a junior consultant just starting out; here’s some helpful advice on what I’ve learnt about the dark art of consulting.
I’ve been thinking hard about what I do, how I do it and why. I’ve always found it tricky to explain the power of holding technology, culture and transformation in creative tension, but there’s insight in that combination.
A year ago this week I started at Notbinary. I had only the vaguest idea of what I was going to be doing (initially in Swansea) and after a long career avoiding working on the supplier side of things I wasn’t really sure what I was letting myself in for.
This is an attempt to write down the approach we are starting to formalise around our ‘squads’ — it is a work in progress but is starting to make sense.
I have been spending quite a bit of time trying to boil down my thinking about our approach to the alpha phase and I’m not sure it is always what the potential client wants to hear.
There are a bunch of heroes in the digital world that are held up as aspirational examples in conversations about digital business, technology and ways of working. Netflix, Spotify, Uber, Amazon and a host of our favourite characters, but these myths can become damaging fictions.
I am aware of my privilege and the last couple of years I have refused to speak on ‘manels’ and generally try to speak at events that try to deal with their diversity issues. I’ve been thinking this still isn’t quite enough so my idea for 2019 is that I am going to try and do ‘pair presenting’.
Kubernetes is hot right now. AWS has it, Google Cloud has it, Azure has it, DigitalOcean is doing it, heck even IBM is throwing its (red) hat in the ring. I’m still trying to answer a nagging question: what problem does it really solve and who actually has that problem?