Before you start reading please be forewarned that this is not as exciting as some of the previous blogs on this site (in particular the piece about submariners and torpedoes), nor does it offer leading edge insight into anything in particular. Therefore read on at your own risk!
Former American President Calvin Coolidge once remarked, “They criticize me for harping on the obvious; if all the folks would do the few simple things they know they ought to do, most of our problems would take care of themselves.”
Following my recent blog regarding contract negotiations and the retention or otherwise of IP, I thought I'd share some further thoughts.
Why is it so hard for people to accept that projects are subject to constant change and that they should adapt to the evolving environment rather than trying to predict everything and then fighting to defend their position despite reality?
I'm regularly involved in contract negotiations on behalf of my clients and invariably find myself facing the same issue. Why is it that suppliers who are being handsomely paid for bespoke development think it reasonable that they retain the IP?
This can range from the outrageous, "all title and IP will vest with Supplier" to the more benign, "IP will pass to the Client on payment for the full system". The latter may appear reasonable, but the word "full" is the crux. Assuming stage payments, the client will have paid a substantial amount before IP is transferred.
I must admit I'm not a prolific tweeter, or twit as a recent customer described people who tweet, and recently I've realised why.
The presentation of the MemberWise survey results at Tuesday's seminar, A Convenient Truth, provided plenty of food for thought. The report has now been sent to MemberWise members and others can download it at Survey Results. Importantly it provides a benchmark against which organisations can measure themselves, and it highlights a number of significant constraining factors that we can hopefully work together to address. More on this will follow in later blog posts.
IndigoBlue were very pleased to host another successful breakfast meeting at the Royal Automobile Club in Pall Mall. Organisations currently using a range of membership systems were represented by senior team members from IT and Finance.
It was striking to note the number of membership organisations actively reviewing the current technology deployed to support membership and CRM, with a range of different approaches including:
So I was thinking about my last blog on Windows 8 and how my problem had been resolved by some ‘add on’ software supplied by a third party.
In the dim and distant past, I used to write for a moderately successful satirical journal called “The Brains Trust.” The founders of this gloriously scurrilous rag, Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky, have gone on to greater things and last year wrote a play called “Coalition,” which I ended up producing and miraculously sold-out its run in Edinburgh.
It now has a London run featuring lots of people off the telly (Phill Jupitus, Jo Caulfield et al, whoever he is) – so come and see it.
In 2012 MemberWise, the independent professional networking group, consulted with over 3,000 membership organisations and associations to understand how the sector harnesses the power of the web to drive membership value and growth. It is the biggest survey of this type that I am aware of.
The results contained within the survey make for compelling reading. I was amazed at a number of the findings and intrigued about the wider implications. When the results are published later this month you can expect a number of blogs from me.
In the meantime, IndigoBlue is delighted to be sponsors of the report and is partnering with MemberWise to host a launch event at the RSA on 12th February. Demand for this event has been extremely high and only a few places remain.
No, I haven't crossed over to the Dark Side just yet, but I have found myself in the disturbing situation where progress isn’t needed or wanted. I am now in probably the second or third round of Stan Vs Windows 8. It’s not a top billing event, but one that has left me rather disappointed.
I got a fabulous new laptop which has technology improvements everywhere. Battery life is superb with a system to protect if for 5 years. Great processor, good storage capacity, nice display and a very nice keyboard. All around I am very pleased with the hardware.
A couple of years ago I wrote a whimsical blog that suggested we find a new name to replace the Backlog, the argument being that the standard phrase has very negative connotations, “I’ve been snowed under and have a massive backlog to get through before I can move forward”.
This question again surfaced yesterday during an SMT meeting at the YHA. When presenting the exciting portfolio of work to be undertaken in 2013 as a “Backlog” I was immediately challenged regarding the negativity.
Another year has ended and I have been looking back at what I have worked on over the last 12 months. An annual retrospective. What have I learned? What needs special attention and what will I be thinking about on day one with a new client?
Well I won’t go into the details because it’s a bit boring, but the highlights may be of interest to you. I have listed the top three I identified based on what happened to me in the last year. It may not be the same retrospective format you are used to, but this is what I needed.