One of the most technically ambitious decisions to recently come out of the European Union (a body I happen to typically have a great deal of empathy for) is the recent decision on Cookies. The decision has various impacts, but at its heart, the idea is that cookie are bad. At least that marketeers using them are bad. I understand the point of view, the development of cookies over the years has gone a great deal further than ensuring that session data remains through a transaction and now allows for all sorts of cross site tracking.

Like most PMs, once I've found a role I'm happy with; where I have challenging, interesting projects and a good team around me, the inevitable calls start from recruiters promising that I can partake in the far greener grass in their clients' meadows. Where they've been hiding whilst I was actively looking for work is never disclosed. One question that are especially are guilty of asking, which is sure to set me off, is if I am an Agile or Prince2 Project Manager?

I was reading an article on Mashable about The Podio Project Management solutionFound at, Podio is a really interesting approach to Project Management. It is part Google Wave, Part Dropbox/, part Jira and part something else entirely.

Whilst this is a new site, I have been running a site for my photography for a number of years. Recently, as part of the build for this site, I decided I should upgrade the core system the photography site runs on to Drupal 7. For various reasons this went wrong. Whilst I had a backup, it was incomplete for several reason. For a time, I felt that I had lost all the content for the site. This was naturally concerning and it made me realise that I had not made any effort for source control.

To use a metaphor that will no doubt annoy any medical practitioner reading this, agreeing risk with a client, with whom you have an ongoing relationship, is a lot like informed consent in a hospital. There is a strong argument that the consent is never fully informed because the person making the choice doesn’t have the depth of knowledge of the practitioner. In many ways, the same holds true for negotiating risk with a client.

I was shortlisted, along with nine others, for the APM Group Project Manager of the Year award, hosted by the British Computer Society and Computing Today. The nomination was in line with my work on the Design Authority at the Royal Mail, ensuring that the quality of applications was maintained. It was a singular honor and the awards evening on the 12th November was enormous fun. A black tie do in Battersea Park with other nominees and their companies.

Unfortunatly, I did not win, but as the Oscar acceptance speaches inevitably go, "it was an honour to even be nominated!"