An engineering solution to a design problem

29th March, 2019

The phrase keeps coming to me: “it’s an engineering solution to a design problem”. I’m giving a name to our very human tendency to come up with more layers of complication to solve a problem, when a better answer is likely to take away something we’re already doing. We, more often than is comfortable, are the architect of our own problem.

Introducing Sara Hassen, Marketing Lead at Notbinary…..

20th March, 2019

I’ve been working in Marketing for about 20 years now, predominantly in education and technology. I started my career working for a small event management company, and I still have a real passion for working on events.

Designing the mod(ern) squad

23rd February, 2019

I recently wrote about our new Squad Manager role(s) and wanted to just dig in a bit to how we see our squad model growing and evolving.

What the Forking Here* is a Squad Manager?

17th February, 2019

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

What to expect when you’re consulting

15th February, 2019

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.

Pyramids and Dandelions

14th February, 2019

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.

Celebrating a year of the ‘Dark Side’

7th February, 2019

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.

Ways of working (in progress)

1st February, 2019

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.

An alpha alpha approach

8th December, 2018

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.

The Paradox of Scale

29th November, 2018

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.

Pair presenting

19th November, 2018

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’.

The Kubernetes Conundrum

15th November, 2018

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?