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The GIST Board — A New Way to Do Planning and Execution
Ever since I started writing about the GIST framework (Goals, Ideas, Steps, Tasks) and helping teams implement it, the question the comes up the most is “what tool should we use?” While I don’t think tools are are as important as we tend to think, in this post I’ll give you a few options, including a new tool that I think you should know about — the GIST Board.
work  task  planning  gist 
5 days ago by pjohnkeane
12 “Manager READMEs” from Silicon Valley’s Top Tech Companies
When we launched our first SoapBox hero I was surprised to discover a document used to introduce her working style to her team. I had never seen that before and it was awesome!
Did others have these? I needed to know. Eventually, I found a treasure trove of examples by Engineering Leaders from companies with some of the best culture in tech.
They called them Manager READMEs, or Manager User Manuals. And they’ve graciously let me share them with you.
work  management 
may 2018 by pjohnkeane
101 questions
Three random questions to use in a 1:1
work  1:1  management 
may 2018 by pjohnkeane
My Manager Toolkit – John Cline – Medium
I thought it’d be useful to share out some of the tools and resources that I use as part of my workflow as a manager.

(Includes links to a bunch of Google docs templates)
work  management 
may 2018 by pjohnkeane
A Radical, And Simple, Approach To Product Prioritization
How Do You Filter The Priorities?
It starts with having a clear vision and a path to get there. But what if you don’t even have that? The good news is there is a simple and elegant solution for that too.
prioritisation  product-management  work 
may 2018 by pjohnkeane
Estimation is a Core Competency
There are only approaches you can take toward informing your guesstimate as much as you can given the information you have.
work  estimating 
may 2018 by pjohnkeane
How to Scale the Scrum Product Owner
In theory, the product owner is one person. But in practice, managing a larger, complex product is usually a shared effort. But how can product ownership be split without resulting in decisions by committee and creating a weak or even inconsistent product? In this post, I discuss different techniques to help you scale the product owner role successfully and I explain when each technique should be applied.
product-owner  work  scaling 
may 2018 by pjohnkeane
Product Leadership in Scrum
Nevertheless, product owners often step in and take on additional responsibilities, such as looking after the development team and resolving conflicts in the team, or making design decisions, when the Scrum Master or dev team do not provide the necessary leadership — be it that they lack the time or skills, or that there is no Scrum Master at all.
work  scrum  product-owner  product-management  leadership 
may 2018 by pjohnkeane
Developers Should Abandon Agile
Other than perhaps a self-chosen orientation to the ideas of Extreme Programming — as an idea space rather than a method — I really am coming to think that software developers of all stripes should have no adherence to any “Agile” method of any kind. As those methods manifest on the ground, they are far too commonly the enemy of good software development rather than its friend.

However, the values and principles of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development still offer the best way I know to build software, and based on my long and varied experience, I’d follow those values and principles no matter what method the larger organization used.
xp  work  agile  scrum 
may 2018 by pjohnkeane
Value-Driven Digital Business | ThoughtWorks
The problem is that while CEOs strategize about becoming digital businesses, their IT departments are still mired in processes, practices, and success measures developed for a cost-control world. In a cost-control culture the bulk of investment dollars are inwardly focused on such areas as accounting, reducing distribution costs, and efficient manufacturing—with external customer focus being mostly an afterthought. The height of this internal focus was the mid-1990’s infatuation with Business Process Re-engineering (BPR).

To begin moving from a cost-centric to a value-centric view of technology, you need to start with a comprehensive way of discussing and measuring value.
product-management  value  business-model  work 
february 2018 by pjohnkeane
50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets
Someone with a one-hour commute in a car needs to earn 40% more to be as happy as someone with a short walk to work. On the other hand, researchers found that if someone shifts from a long commute to a walk, their happiness increases as much as if they’d fallen in love.
work  work-life-balance  commuting  remote-work  health 
december 2017 by pjohnkeane
GDPR: it’s time to rethink your approach to privacy | ThoughtWorks
At ThoughtWorks, we think GDPR should fundamentally change the way you think about customer data.

That’s because GDPR introduces some challenging standards to meet. These include: changes to customer consent, the right to be forgotten and reporting data breaches within 72-hours. The impact of these challenges alone would demand extensive changes to many companies’ existing systems.

From the companies that we speak to, many are waiting to see who jumps first. It seems that many people think this is more a case of data reporting and audit process—simply where some i’s need dotting and t’s crossing.

In fact, the changes are potentially so profound that there are no sticking plasters or superficial approaches that will help. GDPR will force you to completely rethink your approach to customer data. That means compliance can no longer be viewed as a perimeter function contained somewhere within a report: it needs a deep-seated behavioral change. Indeed, companies and their legacy estates cannot remain as they are.
gdpr  work  compliance 
august 2017 by pjohnkeane
How To Protect Your Users With The Privacy By Design Framework – Smashing Magazine


In these politically uncertain times, developers can help to defend their users’ personal privacy by adopting the Privacy by Design (PbD) framework. These common-sense steps will become a requirement under the EU's imminent data protection overhaul, but the benefits of the framework go far beyond legal compliance.

Let’s give credit where credit is due. The global political upheaval of the past 12 months has done more to get developers thinking about privacy, surveillance and defensive user protection than ever before. The risks and threats to ourselves, and to our users, are no longer theoretical; they are real, they are everyday, and they are frightening.

The post How To Protect Your Users With The Privacy By Design Framework appeared first on Smashing Magazine.
data  privacy  security  work  gdpr 
july 2017 by pjohnkeane
Beagle - online proposal builder
This is a really neat tool. Design inspiration for, e.g., Minutes ... but could also be used for writing our own RFP responses.
work  jobstream  proposal  tools 
july 2015 by pjohnkeane
Services - Redcentric
Redcentric is a leading UK IT managed services provider that offers a range of IT and Cloud services designed to support organisations in their journey from traditional infrastructure to the Cloud and hybrid combinations in between.

May be interesting if we need an onshore partner that isn't Calligo (other IT managed service providers are available)
saas  work  infrastructure  technology  cloud  jobstream  onshore 
june 2015 by pjohnkeane
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Trustworks is a better way to manage trusts, developed in New Zealand for New Zealanders.
Trustworks has set out to resolve the major issue of non-compliant family trust administration. Plus, we’re making trusts easier and more profitable to manage by bringing all the people involved and information together in the cloud.
trust-management  work  nz  finance  financial-services 
august 2014 by pjohnkeane
Flexible Working Webguide Step 1- What to ask for
Information about asking for flexible work, and what to do if your employer is changing your hours
baby  family  work 
august 2014 by pjohnkeane
Holvi — Your Business in One Place
Holvi account adds small business tools, online payments and
modern usability on top of a traditional current account.
banking  design  economics  finance  business  work 
august 2014 by pjohnkeane
Knowledgebases - can have private knowledgebases for different clients
knowledgebase  documentation  work 
august 2014 by pjohnkeane
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