The Importance of Humour at Work

The Importance of Humour at Work

What do we think about when we think of 'humour' at work? Unprofessional? Inappropriate? Distracting?... or Essential? Some summarised thoughts from me on how I view humour in the workplace.

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Working together to prevent suicide

Working together to prevent suicide

Today is #WorldSuicidePreventionDay and I would anticipate a number of posts being shared on linkedin today. Please scroll to the bottom for what I hope is useful, actionable guidance, but feel free to meander through the rest of this.

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A Pathway to Psychological Safety at GSK

A Pathway to Psychological Safety at GSK

“You've read about Psychological Safety, you've looked at Project Aristotle, and you're starting to think 'What next?'. This post documents the journey we have been on at GSK”...

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7 tips for raising a transgender child

7 tips for raising a transgender child

“Mum, Dad, there's something I need to tell you”. It’s a line that strikes fear and dread into any parent. Is my daughter in trouble at school? Is she having sex? Oh no, is she pregnant? Has she been expelled? Is she moving out – oh god, maybe she’s gay? “Mum, Dad, I think I’m a boy”...

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Stonewall Allies Programme - 3rd March 2020

Stonewall Allies Programme - 3rd March 2020

I feel truly humbled to have spent a day in Stonewall ally training today and to have learned a phenomenal amount. I've tried to share as much of the content as I can to try to aid discussion.

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On talking about Psychological Safety

On talking about Psychological Safety

Some answers to questions I received yesterday during my Psychological Safety talk. I hope these are useful to folks. I'm not an expert, it's just a subject I'm really interested in :)

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On Being a Manager

On Being a Manager

I've found myself reflecting on what "being a manager" means to me. Here are my thoughts on the subject.

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On Enterprise Agility - SEACon 2019 Thoughts

On Enterprise Agility - SEACon 2019 Thoughts

My thoughts on what makes effective 1:1 meetings. I share my approach, and some of the key questions I try to talk through with team members. How do you approach 1:1s? What do you do differently? What can I learn from you?

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On 1:1 meetings

On 1:1 meetings

My thoughts on what makes effective 1:1 meetings. I share my approach, and some of the key questions I try to talk through with team members. How do you approach 1:1s? What do you do differently? What can I learn from you?

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On 'No Release' Fridays

On 'No Release' Fridays

My thoughts on not releasing code to production on a Friday. It seems likely it'll spark controversy, though I hope it sparks discussion. For any of my network who are geographically close to me who'd like to debate this, the beers are on me ;) What position do you take on it?

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On estimating things

On estimating things

My thoughts on estimation in software delivery. It'd be fascinating to hear from others on how they solve for this in their own orgs - what problems they've seen, and how you've risen above them.

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On the death of agile

On the death of agile

Apparently agile is dead. My thoughts after reading a great article dispelling the myths. Would love to hear views from my connections on what their views are around agile's death (or indeed, what post agile looks like). Do the views align with your own? What would you challenge? Always good to have a debate on these things :)

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On working remotely

On working remotely

My thoughts on remote working. As a remote worker for 9 months now, leading a team of remote workers, in a global business, it's been an interesting journey. Would love to hear from others, especially in the North East tech community, on their thoughts on remote work.

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What I look for when recruiting software engineers

What I look for when recruiting software engineers

What I think about when I think about technical recruiting. Would be interesting to hear thoughts from my peers - what do you look for when recruiting technical staff? Do you look for a strong technical fit? A strong 'culture fit'​? Something else?

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State of DevOps 2019 - my own TL;DR

State of DevOps 2019 - my own TL;DR

I've added my own findings from this years State of DevOps report into an article. I'd encourage you to read the report, and discuss with your teams - there are some great models at the end of the report focussing on the key building blocks to high performance and it could easily provide a great launch pad towards the improvement discussions that teams would be able to have in this space.

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LeadDev London 2019

LeadDev London 2019

My conference write up from one of the better conferences out there for technical leadership.

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re:Invent 2017

My conference write up from one Re:Invent 2017, hosted in Las Vegas.

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