March 2013

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Dealing with big numbers

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to travel to Minsk in Belarus to speak at a conference.  I had never been to Minsk before, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it there.  The city was beautiful, and I was fortunate enough to have time to explore the sights as well as… 

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What business advice would you give your younger self?

People holding up paper showing a question markTime really does fly.  I can still remember my last day at college like it was yesterday.  I can remember the sense of achievement, purpose and an overwhelming feeling that anything was achievable.  As I walked through those college gates for the last time, I remember feeling that I could change the world. And, if I recall correctly, my first step to changing the world was to celebrate at a nearby bar with a beer…

 

Sadly, this was rather a long time ago now – longer than I like to admit.  But I recently had cause to reflect and think back to those hard but hedonistic college days.  Believe it or not, this self-reflection was prompted by a simple thread in a LinkedIN forum.  One of the contributors posed the question “What business advice would you give your younger self?”, and there are a number of great responses.  If you get the chance, it’s well worth reading the whole thread here.  This is such a simple yet powerful question, and it really got me thinking.

 

Having reflected on this question I thought I’d share the advice that, in retrospect, I would give myself when I was that naïve, green-around-the-gills graduate that was walking out the college gates.    I wouldn’t for one moment suggest that this advice should be seen as definitive (and I wouldn’t even suggest that it should be taken seriously). It’s little more than a product of my own meandering experience, but I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Perhaps after reading this article, you could let me know what advice you would give your younger self?  Here are my suggestions:

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Make Your Requirements Atomic!

I’m pleased to say that my most recent blog article has been published on “Bridging-the-gap.com”, where I have contributed as a guest author. I’d love to hear what you think, so please take a look and add a comment on the site.   Excerpt: “I have to admit that I have a rather eclectic music…