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.

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 “A different approach to prototyping”

Empower your Product Owner (Not design by committee)

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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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What a pain in the soleus

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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!

Music to run to. What are your best running songs?

Recently I’ve been looking at lots of running blogs and forums to get some ideas of what people are listening to whilst out running.

It seems however, that the jury is still out on whether “true” runners should even be listening to music whilst pounding the pavement (or sidewalk).

I think this is complete nonsense.  Surely you do whatever you must to allow you to have a good run.   For me, that means having some encouraging tunes on my iPod Shuffle!

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What I'm using - iPod Shuffle

Trying to find inspiration for what to listen to is difficult as it is really down to the individual.  I know people who listen to (very) heavy metal, and some that listen to classical music.  Each to their own I say!  Different speeds require different BPM’s.

But if you found this post, looking for inspiration; here are some of the songs I am listening to whilst running (with Spotify links).  I find they help me through difficult runs and more often, they seem to be the same ones.

That’s just a few for now.  Please leave your recommendations below in the comments box.  A link to Spotify would be helpful too so we can all enjoy it easily!