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The Won-ness of Things

At IndigoBlue we feel it’s important to show recognition for the excellent work from all of our team and all of our customers. So it is even more lovely when that hard work is recognised by winning awards.

Earlier this month I attended the 2015 Memberwise Conference – Harnessing the Web.  I had the pleasure of delivering one of the key note speeches which whilst not my most favourite activity seemed to go fairly well.

I have listed below my key observations from what proved to be both a well-run, well attended and successful conference – well done to Richard and the team at Memberwise.


Agile Awards Winner - Sharn Harrison YHA

IndigoBlue would like to extend its warmest congratulations to Sharn Harrison and her team at the YHA for the richly deserved award of Best Project in the Not for Profit Sector at last night’s Agile Awards.

One of the main constraints to the adoption of Agile values is the wider environment within an organisation seeking to change.  For instance, some of France's largest and most successful corporations are perceived as being centralised, with an emphasis on top-down ‘dynamics'.

Recently I chaired an event run by Warwick Business School at the Shard where we had three excellent speakers address an audience of about 90 from the management consultancy sector, on the subject of Why Projects Fail. Earlier this month IndigoBlue hosted one of our series of breakfast briefings for the NFP sector, and the subject was Why Projects Fail, where we looked at the contributing factors that lead to technology projects underperforming. In November I will be speaking at the 2015 Memberwise Harnessing the Web conference.


A Cow's Arse

My great friend and mentor, Peter Dean commonly known as Deano, could render most professionals speechless. His pithy summaries of the career prospects of accountants, solicitors and gynaecologists were the stuff of legend and sadly not repeatable here. His opinion as to why he never considered a career as a veterinarian surgeon could perhaps best be summarised as a dislike for exploring the rear end of a cow.

We are pleased to be announced as a official strategic sponsor for the leading national web conference, Harnessing the Web 2015. If you are interested in attending, online registration is now open and you can save £34 off the association/membership professional ticket price by using our unique sponsor discount code. You can also purchase 3 places for the price of 2 (saving £199).


Understanding Uncertainty

Thank you to all those who joined me for the Agile Business Conference / Unicom webinar on Thursday lunchtime. As promised, a copy of the slides can be downloaded here. A recording of the webinar will also available on the Unicom website in due course.

There is much excitement at IndigoBlue towers as we have been shortlisted with our clients for a number of the BCS/Computing IT Industry Awards. These are all joint entries with our customers and include some of the most innovative and exciting projects we have worked on in the last twelve months. The awards are some of the longest established and most prestigious in the consulting and IT industry, and we look forward to the awards dinner in November.


An Agile Practice

I haven’t written a blog for a good few months and that’s because I have spent the last 4 months in hospital and the first stages of a long recovery.  Being glued to a hospital bed doesn’t necessarily stop all your observational skills working (unless you have had too much morphine) and I was rather humbled by what I saw. I don’t think this agile thing is very new at all. In fact it’s probably a concept that’s thousands of years old!

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