I learnt about …

  • Professionalism and the extra mile

    We had been planning to have a large garden summerhouse built for a number of months and we were finally in a position to do so. After a lot of research we decided to engage a local company as we liked the style of building they produced and the price was also competitive. Once things were ready to start, we were told to be ready for the builders to turn up at 7:45 in the morning.

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  • Openness, discussions and success

    I work very closely with two colleagues - and have done so for a number of years. Together we have experienced some serious ups and downs in the company we work for and also personally. We have each reached a point where we were close to leaving; we have each had something happen in our lives where the others have supported us. We used to do this via a WhatsApp group called “Accountabilabuddies” where we would not be afraid to commit to things and call each other out.

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  • AI breaks the game of hide and seek

    This is a really fun video where an AI is given a version of the game of hide and seek and each team has to learn ways to win - either by finding the other team or by not being found. Over time they develop and adapt to each others strategies including having to work as a team to win. They also find ways to break the expected rules including finding actual issues with the modelling of the environment.

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  • The growing power of influencers

    Quite often I will come across long articles and either put off reading them or just skim through their content. This article is well worth taking the time to read as it completely changed my views on where the media industry is heading. My notes here do not do it justice but will hopefully give you enough to encourage you to read it in full. Initially the production of media was expensive and the associated actions such as distribution and marketing were too capital intensive for individual artists.

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  • The loosely held product roadmap

    In a recent article by Ryan Singer, Options, Not Roadmaps, he explains why he doesn’t use roadmaps - he uses options instead. The use of a roadmap implies a set of features that will be developed in order. A decision is made at a point in time about the features to develop, how long they will take and the order they will be done. At the beginning when the roadmap is made there is incomplete information.

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