Agile Project Management and a Naval Bombardment in Newport, South Wales

This is actually about the game Battleships and not some sinister plot (probably by Cardiffians) to obliterate Newport in a naval bombardment. Last week I went to Newport to learn about agile project management from James Scrimshire of hurricanefour.com and got involved in a game of Battleships. It was at a Port80 event organised by […]

Experts are great……. you just have to keep them in their box.

This is something a former boss of mine used to say. I realise it has the potential to upset a few people (particularly experts); please don’t get offended just yet. This post Is Best Practice the Enemy of Innovation generated a bit of discussion that got me digging deeper into the role of experts in […]

Graphic Facilitation….so much better than my notes.

Building on my enthusiasm for graphic facilitation (as mentioned in previous posts) I was fortunate to see Paul Richardson of apagraphicfacilitation.com in action at Welsh Public Services Summer School. In the spirit of a picture really does speak a thousand words and the drawings are so much better than my notes, here are a few […]

Berlin Love Padlocks…. not as viral as I’d imagined

That’s a title that could conjure up something interesting particularly if you frequent the more exotic Berlin attractions (I’d imagine). Well actually it’s quite sweet and innocent. Love padlocks are a tradition that involves placing a padlock on a piece of municipal iron work, usually a bridge railing, and throwing the key into the river […]

Why us Welsh make the best guides at German Museums

Recently I visited 3 Berlin museums in a single day, impressive I know, 6 hours of intensive learning and culture. These were all good learning experiences; however the best one was delivered by someone Welsh, Shaun from Aberystwyth!  I’m not being biased here, there are good reasons I’ll explain. I’m not going to give you a […]

Will descending from Welsh Sheep Farmers prevent you collaborating?

Back in the mid 1800’s a group of Welsh emigrants were being rescued from an island where they been shipwrecked.  Before they left, they modestly showed their rescuers what they had achieved during their years of isolation. “These are our houses, this is the school, this is the reading room, this is the rugby field, […]

Fun at work is allowed……….employee engagement at Admiral

A quick post on my day out at the Engage4Success  event hosted by Admiral Insurance in Cardiff. One of the most significant things I heard about was the Admiral approach to employee engagement. They are a hugely successful company, based largely on having engaged employees. Have a look at the impressive history of the  best workplace […]