Depression, death and the software industry

Last year, a colleague of mine, somebody I helped hire and eventually managed at Red Gate, committed suicide. In hindsight, this must have come at the end of a long period of depression and anxiety during which whatever led this person to do this was not ‘fixed’ – possibly not even ‘diagnosed’ so to speak. …

Top 10 tips for getting a design job

Top 10 tips for getting a design jobIts that time of year again. The time when I get to see a lot of CVs. Most of them, well, let’s just say I wouldn’t give them an ‘A for effort’.So I wrote my top ten tips for getting yourself an interview for a design job over …

Death to exit interviews: Why employers and employees should aim to abolish them

I recently had an exit interview. I didn’t leave Red Gate; I just moved to a different part of the company. But my (former) boss thought it would be a good idea to have me do an exit interview anyway in case I wanted to impart some wisdom in confidence before I cruelly abandoned his …

The net effect of not starting is the same as failing

The net effect of not starting is the same as failingSeth makes a bold claim today in his blog that “not starting and failing lead to precisely the same outcome”.I would disagree. From failure you always have the opportunity of learning something. From not starting all you have is regret.

I’ll be writing a (short) book.

The lovely folk at Five Simple Steps have courageously agreed to publish a short book written by me as part of their Pocket Guide series.This is great news (for me anyway) for two reasons.First, I’ve wanted to write some ‘real stuff’ for a while now and this is a great way to start. Their Pocket Guides are short books …

A simple technique for having excellent meetings

I run and attend a lot of meetings in my day to day work. The one common thread to all meetings is that everyone claims to hate them. There’s a lot that can be improved in meetings by applying standard and not so standard facilitation techniques. But that’s often hard and takes a lot of …