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How do we get our people back into the office?

After so long in lock-down, many companies are slowly going back to normal, and management teams are beginning to encourage their employees to return to their offices. But will they want to? Will employees try to hold on to working from home? There is a lot to say in favour of working at home: avoiding traffic jams, productivity and a better work-life balance. And are these advantages more important than face-to-face conversations? We've made an enormous transition: working from home, online meetings, digital signatures and approvals at a distance, in a couple of weeks it all became [...]

Trading risk against budget in IT security

Paul Bennington, Associate at The Bayard Partnership, a mechanical engineer with over 25 years’ experience in automotive production, takes a fresh look at a familiar topic.  Have you ever been in a situation where you don’t know what product to choose?  There is either too much choice, or in most cases, you don’t have the money to buy the best, so you must make a compromise.  We must make trade-offs to get the best possible deal from the resources that we have.  We start doing this as children, with limited pocket money, we go to buy sweets or toys and [...]

Seeing something familiar for the first time

In my house hangs a painting that I have known all my life. It was painted around the time I was born. The artist was a friend of my parents. Considered to be very avant-garde in his day, to me its form is so familiar that I sometimes forget that it is considered by many to be an abstract. When we are familiar with even the most complex things in life, they become obvious to us in such a way that they can easily be taken for granted.  It’s as if the moment we recognize an object, our brains shut [...]

Another new discovery?

I was a bit shocked yesterday to read the news that scientists have discovered a previously undetected human organ (apparently to be called the interstitium) just under the skin. It seems incredible that it wasn’t known before? Upon reading a number of articles this morning and speaking with a knowledgeable person on the topic, it appears that this revolutionary new discovery is not so new after all. (Although it does already have its own Instertitium/Wikkipedia page). I like discovering new knowledge, in fact my brain is constantly on the lookout for it.  But more often than not, when I sit [...]

Chagwa

There was a big feeling of pride when I received my personal copy of a new book where my name is mentioned in the credits. It’s not like I feel the book would not have been there without me, but I’m very grateful that my name can go as a permanent endorsement for the content. I’m referring to Chagwa V1.0, the book from Jürgen Van Gorp about “Allowing Change, Agile and Waterfall Projects in the Organisation”. It explains how to combine different methodologies and shows that in the project-world, there is no one-size-fits-all. In my own career, I have already [...]