Learn from the experts: Data Architecture

This post is part of a series of learning topics presented by technology experts. Today’s post comes courtesy of Michael Sirinotis, Data Scientist, Senior Project Manager at Powerwrap Limited and architect of the Powerwrap Operational Data Store, who answers some questions about data architecture. This content comes from a recent Q & A session delivered by Michael … Continue reading Learn from the experts: Data Architecture

Learn from the experts: Intro to Agile and Scrum

This post is part of a series of learning topics presented by technology experts. Today’s post comes courtesy of Tony Keller, Head of Technology at Powerwrap Limited and architect of the Powerwrap Delivery Framework. This content comes from a recent training session delivered by Tony in our workplace. What is Agile? In the 1990s, many software development … Continue reading Learn from the experts: Intro to Agile and Scrum

How not to be (too) annoying as a remote project manager

Annoying your colleagues is something of a hazard for project managers, made even harder during a global pandemic where everyone is working from home and juggling work and home responsibilities. I am a bit of an over-thinker, so one thing I can find challenging right now is knowing whether I am checking in with people … Continue reading How not to be (too) annoying as a remote project manager

Managing worry while working from home

How are you going with 'the new normal'? I have found that working from home one day a week is very different to everyone working from home every day. On the plus side, our company has managed it very well. Systems were immediately up and running, managers were communicative and helpful, and teams immediately picked … Continue reading Managing worry while working from home

An introvert’s defence of the open plan office

Photo by Javier Molina on Unsplash There's a lot of hate on open plan work environments. A Harvard Business School study in 2018 seemed to start a wave of articles and posts denouncing them as toxic, bad for mental health and productivity, and unexpectedly bad for collaboration. As an introvert, I should be among the haters, and YES, … Continue reading An introvert’s defence of the open plan office

How I learned that ‘building shared understanding is hard’

How many times have you experienced this? The project is underway. You're past 'discovery' and are well into 'build' or 'execution' (or whatever your team calls these). Your team started together. You did inception workshops, or kick-off meetings (or whatever your team calls these). You talked through the problem to be solved, worked up the … Continue reading How I learned that ‘building shared understanding is hard’

Not every problem is a technology problem

We live in a digital age where algorithms, artificial intelligence and connectivity are driving a proliferation of new services and solutions - for problems big, small and non-existent. Businesses, services and platforms are understandably keen to take advantage, to enhance their capabilities, keep ahead of the competition, and solve problems. But technical solutions are not the appropriate … Continue reading Not every problem is a technology problem