Hackathon – Hack the DMC – March 2018

Hackathons (or Hack Days) are a great way to engage with technical people in your community (not to mention one or two business folks and entrepreneurs), they are also a huge amount of fun! Over the 9th and 10th of March I attended the 24 hour hackathon Hack the DMC at Barnsley Digital Media Centre, with an …

Improving Productivity and Focus by Removing Distractions

This blog post could easily be titled: How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Curb my Notification Anxiety, or, How to Effectively Work Remotely. I work at a remote web development agency. This means that all of the employees work remotely either from home, from a digital workspace, from a cafe, a pub or even in …

How to Write a Personal Social Media Strategy

There are lots and lots of social media channels out there, and people use each of them in different ways. If you tried to post to all the social networks without automating everything, you wouldn’t have time left in the day to do much else. Social media automation is bad. I’ve been guilty of it …

The Bike-Shed Effect

Bikeshedding: Placing too much importance on trivial things. Today I found a blog post from a former Local Government colleague of mine, all about “bikeshedding”, or the Parkinson’s Law of Triviality to give it its official name. Bikeshedding is a term to explain the phenomenon of focus being placed on a trivial part of an overall solution, while ignoring …

Customer Development: Getting Honest Feedback About Your Products and Services

A couple of weeks ago I learned all about Customer Development, by attending another fantastic Founders Network event. Once again, superbly put together by Tech North. The event was delivered by co-founders of Lyst; Rob Fitzpatrick and Devin Hunt, and Rob kindly gave us a signed copy of his wonderful book ‘The Mom Test‘, which gives some wonderful insight into assessing what …

Starting your own Business and the Law

This week I delved into the legal side of starting your own business, by attending the “Founders Network Masterclass on Legals” event, superbly put together by Tech North. The event was held at the Chimney House, Kelham Island, Sheffield. A cozy little building that I haven’t been to since I wrote a report about the River Don Engine on a school trip …

Managing a Large Website Using Task Based Navigation

During my time in the NHS and Local Government I learned a lot about managing large and complex websites, and I figured I would share my knowledge with those of you that may be in the process of making sense of a big website, and who may be trying to make it more customer focused. Of course you …

A Hackathon in Barnsley

Featured photo by Shaun Bellis. On Saturday 6th July 2013 the company I founded Make Do, held their first ever hackathon at the Barnsley DMC to great acclaim, which incidentally was the first ever event of its kind to be hosted in Barnsley. The ‘Layershift‘ (our event sponsor) hack day brought to the borough a mixture of entrepreneurs, technology …