1. A song you like with a colour in the title

2. A song you like with a number in the title:

3. A song the reminds you of summertime:

4. A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget

5. A song that needs to be played loud:

6. A song that makes you want to dance:

7. A song to drive to (well I don’t drive but..):

8. A song about drugs or alcohol:

9. A song that makes you happy:

10. A song that makes you sad:

Many years ago I was training to be a Librarian. I love books, enjoy helping people and had read it was the least stressful of the traditional professions. Then the web came along and my career took a bit of a turn.

One of the things I loved though was helping students (as I worked at a University library) who didn’t really quite know what they were looking for find what they needed — and I marvelled at the skill with which the experienced librarians were able to achieve this.

The problem of helping people find something when they…

I was thinking about that Classic Dom post over the weekend. Yes I should get a life. No it isn’t on the cards anytime soon. One little thought experiment I kept coming back to was what would I do if I found myself as an internet-age Cardinal Richelieu and was looking to build a team to make some big, sweeping changes to the ways things are done.

Basically in this Elseworlds I replace Dom but the world is otherwise relatively unchanged.

Who would I be hiring and how would I be doing it?

In the original post Mr Cummings was…

When 10 Downing Street hires like a one man start-up at a WeWork

Oh Dom you scoundrel. You just had to liven things up as we staggered into 2020 didn’t you. People are still packing away the decorations and getting used to a world without Bailey’s for breakfast and you are busy throwing grenades at the Civil Service.

Mark has already written a solid takedown of the post in question and he knows of what he speaks so go and read that first.

This is a classic Cummings post. If you skim it and just engage with the high level insights it seems OK. Pretty sensible in fact.

  • Bringing more super smart folk…

Principles for the year ahead

I didn’t have a great 2019. It feels like that is far from unique though. I’ve decided to give myself a break though and just move on. Sure I made some sub-optimal decisions (and then doubled down on them!) and I got complacent about my health so soon after working so hard to reclaim it but I know I can get back on track because I have done it before.

In the spirit of giving myself a break though I’m skipping my usual ‘ambitions’ post this year. …

To be honest my head has been all over the place this year and a side effect of that has been my bookmarking has gone to hell and so this is a bit light this year — still I’m trying to get back on the blogging horse so here we go!

Oscars statues
Oscars statues

Blogger of the year

I enjoyed a lot of what Steve Messer wrote on his brilliantly named blog this year. Also Sam Villis had a great year leading the #weeknotes community from the front (which continued to grow — especially in the local gov and NHS communities.)

I really enjoyed a lot of…

For the last few years I’ve blogged about my ambitions (and I’ve done some kind of annual review blogpost every year since 2008) for the coming year and then tried to review how they were going over the course of the year. Sometimes this has gone well. Other times not so much.

This year was very much the latter.

I didn’t have a huge amount of goals for 2019. Nonetheless I comprehensively failed to achieve them.

Not only did I not write my book I actually wrote fewer blogposts than any time in about a decade. I didn’t go…


162 folk out of 1183 (with a 65% open rate give or take) subscribers filled in my survey. 76 entered the draw for the book. 5 emerged victorious :)

OK this is pretty much the same as last year — most people subscribe but a few sensible souls protect their inboxes and just follow a link. I don’t track traffic on the web version — not like I’d ever do anything with the data anyway!

So the decade is drawing to a close and I have seen a few Tweets and posts from people about their (in this case work/professional) achievements and what not over those years. So never one to miss a trend here we go.

fork the theatre

Last week I got asked to give a little talk at an internal client event about making agile work in less than agile institutions and less than perfect circumstances.

This actually ended up in something of a therapy session for me on everything that frustrates me about the Agile™ I see increasingly and a mea culpa for my past as an Agile™ advocate with no empathy for other approaches and this is a continuation of that rant.

I know part of it is that I’ve been around the block a few times and I have been tapped by the cynicism…


Applying the culture, practices, processes & technologies of the Internet-era to respond to people’s raised expectations…as a service :) notbinary.co.uk

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