Web product roadmap

One of the non-negotiables in leading the strategic management and improvement of a large, complex web environment is having a roadmap of activity for a given period of time, broken down by program and project that clearly outlines the main outcomes to be delivered. Activities in the roadmap should all align with strategic priorities and […]

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The Hyperactive Hive Mind

I recently finished reading ‘A World Without Email’ by Cal Newport. My key takeaway is that the biggest challenge to effective modern work practices is the presence of the Hyperactive Hive Mind (HHM), which Cal defines as: “A workflow centred around ongoing conversation fueled by unstructured and unscheduled messages delivered through digital communication toosl like […]

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Key performance indicators (KPIs)

I have been refining my thoughts and developing my thinking on KPIs over the last few years. In simplest terms, I think of KPIs as indicators of ‘whether we are winning or not’. A good KPI should indicate, in no uncertain terms, whether our activities are helping us realise the results we are responsible for. […]

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From service to strategy

Planning your way to a more productive web team The following is a modified version of a presentation I gave at Higher Education Websites Conference 2018 If you want your web team to play a more strategic role at your organisation, you won’t succeed by operating like a website help desk.  The following is an […]

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Monthly planning

I block out 2hrs in my calendar at the start of every month for a personal review and planning activity. It’s often tempting to skip this recurring appointment task, particular if my calendar is otherwise busy, but it’s always a worthwhile use of my time. It’s a monthly activity specifically because it forces me to […]

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Weekly 1:1

Do you have a short, sharp weekly check-in with each of your direct reports? I do, and I could not imagine managing others without doing something along these lines. What works for me is; keeping it regular e.g. weekly, following a consistent format i.e. a set structure, process, time, location, and making it a two-way […]

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Stand up schedule

One of the things I love about the scrum framework is that it’s easy to customise and adapt to your own needs and preferences. My department is made up of 3 functional teams and a couple of other functional leads. We had always had 1 daily standup that focussed on the updates from the single […]

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Starting again at 42

I am writing this post on the eve of my 42nd birthday. Given birthdays are an opportunity to reflect and celebrate, my intention in (re)starting this blog is to develop a system of reflection and learning on what I’ve done, where I’m going and how I’m going about things… in life generally, perhaps, but with […]

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