Switching off the internet


Internet Switch by Netmonkey (http://www.flickr.com/photos/netmonkey/)

Last night I had a cull of Facebook friends. And you know what? It felt good!

But why? Over the last few weeks I’ve realised that I dip into the Facebook/Twitter app, read the usual stuff from the same people and dip out again. Which is fine, and that lure back to the app is what drives the success of these services; but I’ve started thinking more about relevancy. Continue reading

Advice for Product Managers: Don’t be a control freak!

If I took my car into the garage to have a cam belt changed (note to self, must schedule that in) I wouldn’t consider standing around telling a mechanic which tools he should be using or how to go about removing each bolt. He is the expert, and already knows the best approach to take. So why do so many product owners/managers fall into this trap where they dictate to their development team how something should be done? Continue reading

A different approach to prototyping

Whilst there are many types of Prototyping software available (HotGloo, Axure or LovelyCharts for example) I’ve always found it very difficult to jump straight to these types of computer software when at the very beginning of an idea for a new website, homepage redesign or app.  I would rather sketch out on paper first and then iterate from there. Continue reading

Empower your Product Owner (Not design by committee)

I’ve always tried to surround myself with people I trust in terms of dealing with workloads, making the right decisions and generally trying to empower those people as much as possible.

As any scrum related book or training course will tell you, the most important aspect of being a Product Owner is being empowered to make decisions (they might not always be the right ones!) and confidently being able to say “No!” where required.

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Cheesy Running Tunes

I put together a list of the worst songs to listen to generally, but the ones that are also fantastic to run to (well, I think so).Cheesy Running Music

Check out my Cheesy Running Music tracks in Spotify Playlist format at ShareMyPlaylists.com


What a pain in the soleus

Leg muscles

Leg muscles

OK, so the running has stopped.  After a weekend with a hectic schedule, I couldn’t find that hidden hour in the day to run.

Then it turns out that resting was what I hadn’t done enough of.  Why?  Because that slight pain in the soleus that I always had in my right leg from the Heritage Coastal run really took grip.  I mean REALLY.

I’ve been able to run through my aches and pains and never really feel anything from it.  But allowing the body to stop, and go “Yep, something’s up here, we need to fix this”  means that now, I even limp when I walk.

Things seem to be getting a little better.  Mr Ladley has been offering advice on soleus stretches which I’ve been attempting in the office and at home.

What surprised me the most, was the sheer feeling of disappointment and upset I felt when it slowly dawned on me that I wasn’t going to take part in the 5 mile Great Bentley race.  I still went along to watch my wife run.  (She did very well!)  But I was saddened to not to be able to run.

So, I’ve learnt the lesson of running the hard way.  Never again will I make the following errors (which I am sure contributed to my injury):

  • Shitty old trainers (if they looked knackered, get a new pair)
  • If you feel a pain – take note.  Resting early will ensure you recover quickly
  • Increase steadily in distance (I jumped from doing 5 miles to 8/9 miles way too quickly.  Don’t do it.)

Of course, I’m not attributing science to any of the above.  Its common sense and its from my experience.

What next?  Well, tomorrow see’s my first appointment with a physio.  I’ve not been before; but I will be sure to take all advice onboard, and continue to rest.  The annoying thing being that so many race offers have come my way, and I don’t want to decline them all.  I want to be back out there running!