New MacBook Pro? Why, thank you sir...

I picked up my new MacBook Pro yesterday. It's the 15-inch, 2.5GHz with Retina display with the storage bumped up to 1TB. It is nice and shiny. My notes on how I set the blighter up... Applications considered essential Install these: Dropbox 1Password (works straightaway thanks to settings in Dropbox) Alfred (ditto - settings in Dropbox) Bartender BetterTouchTool iTerm2 Glui OmniFocus 2 O...

Posted: 14 Aug 2014


OmniFocus itch scratched

Finally, FINALLY, after 18 months of the worst kind of procrastination, I am synchronising my Personal Kanban board with OmniFocus. Cue polite golf clap. The code is shoddy and needs a serious review and improvement but it works. Running this from the command line: ./of-kanban -fc will: search for all flagged, non-deferred tasks in OmniFocus (that's the 'f' switch) create 1 card per task ...

Posted: 14 Jul 2014


Results from a Kanban learning game

I work with 6 experienced teams helping a UK government department build their new website. Some of the teams are moving moving from using Scrum to using Kanban instead. In practice, we visualise our work and attempt to manage flow but don't attempt to limit work in progress (WIP). Limiting WIP is hard. It's not enough for 1 or 2 people to say "we should do this", the entire team needs to und...

Posted: 02 Jun 2014


Notes from London Lean Kanban day

I attended the London Lean Kanban Day on 28th April this year. I enjoyed the talks from people such as Chris Young, Liz Keogh and Chris McDermott. A summary of my notes below: metrics and evidence means credibility; you need data to back up decisions. focus on value delivered rather than features delivered track blockers as candidates for improvement adopting practices and tools without unde...

Posted: 22 May 2014


Consuming more than I create

I'm wasting my time. I read, listen and watch waaaaay too much 'stuff' instead of doing what I really enjoy. My list of subscribed blogs increased from 3 to 14 without me noticing. I had 9 podcasts downloading on a weekly basis but I rarely listened to all of them. I frequently check news sites for updates EVEN THOUGH I KNOW IT'S FUTILE. I look at Twitter less than I used to but still more than...

Posted: 12 May 2014