Month: August 2018

Don’t make your staff afraid to fail

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Private Pyle and Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket. Way past my bedtime… I’ll always remember the first time that I watched Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket.  I definitely wasn’t 18 years old, which was the required viewing age as specified by the BBFC in the UK. It was late at night on the weekend, and I was sitting in the front room of the Surrey house I grew up in, and my parents had […]

When everything blows up

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Oh dear… (Source: ROMEO nuclear test,  Atomic Bomb Test Photos) It’s August. You’re having a decent week. Looking over the top of your monitor, you can see that it’s pretty quiet in the office. Many of the engineers are on their summer vacation since their kids are off school, and they’ve picked a perfect moment to do so: the afternoon sky is a deep azure blue and is barely tainted by a single wisp of […]

Algorithms to make you more effective

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Shakey the Robot. (Source: Computer History Museum) Your focus and how to protect it Earlier on in my career, I was under the impression that success was strongly tied to saying yes. That quick favor? No problem. That interesting idea that someone just mentioned to me in the kitchen? I should probably prototype that. Jumping on that call to a client? Why not.  Always saying yes is how I thought I could be most helpful […]