I love the practical use of technology, where I enjoy combining my technical expertise with business, analytical, and agile delivery skills (Scrum, Kanban, DevOps).
I work alongside our clients and agile practitioners to build & run modern software applications.
At home, I’m a geeky husband 🤓 who enjoys 📈 project management, ✅ personal productivity, 📱 technology, the 🏞️ natural world, 🦸♂️ graphic novels & 🎮 video games.
Armed with 25+ years of experience with Microsoft technologies, I am a results-oriented Agile Delivery Lead & IT Project Manager with progressive experience in software development & digital transformation projects.
Scrum, Kanban & DevOps in Software Development and Solution Implementation
IT Project Management
Team Leadership with strong communication & teamwork skills
The concept of kanban is poorly understood by many. In most cases, the level of understanding between two experts discussing kanban will vary, even if they both gain something of value from the conversation. So, what exactly is Kanban – a card, a board, a system or a method? The short answer is – all… Continue reading What is Kanban?
By adding just two items to your meeting agenda, a (1) Desired Outcome and (2) the Topics & Activities, you can supercharge your next meeting into a productive powerhouse! Find more details with examples and three bonus tips in this article.
I believe almost everybody can be a project manager! In this article, I share how you can quickly assess your personality type and map it to project management competencies to find your strengths as a project manager.
Please don’t type “Hi” or “Hello” in chat and press Enter When we use modern chat tools, such as Microsoft Teams, we should do so in a way that saves us time and allows for an efficient, real-time exchange of information. Do not expect an answer if you type “Hi” or “Hello” and press Enter.… Continue reading Vastly improve chat responses with this one simple tip
The stress hormone cortisol can be at its highest when we first wake up, so it’s not unusual to feel anxious in the morning. If you are anxious in the morning, with a racing heart or upset stomach, you’re not the only one. Many people feel anxious when they wake up because their cortisol levels… Continue reading How I reduce morning anxiety with a morning routine
“Success by Design” helps project teams benefit from Microsoft’s collective experience of implementing thousands of real-world customer projects. It does this by providing topic-specific reviews and prescriptive guidance for project teams on using the Power Platform and Dynamics 365 to their fullest potential. A successful implementation means that the project has clear goals, proven methods,… Continue reading How “Success by Design” Can Help Your Project Implementations
Every few months, I write in my journal about the highlights of the previous few months and my plans for the coming months. Maybe you’re in the same boat. Meetings with your boss, where you plan your professional progress for the upcoming quarter, may be one source of your goals. Maybe you’d instead make a… Continue reading 5 Tips to Making Your 2022 Goals Your Best Ever
The Project Management Institute (PMI) has released its 2021 Project Management Salary Survey. I always find these reports fascinating to read, especially when comparing salaries with other countries. Grab your copy of the report here: Project Management Salary Survey—Twelfth Edition | Project Management Institute (pmi.org) As disruptive as COVID-19 has been, project management skills and… Continue reading Earning Power: Project Management Salary Survey—Twelfth Edition (2021)
In today’s global work environment, organizations and their employees must effectively communicate across different locations, time zones, and languages to drive their businesses forward. Microsoft Teams puts everything organizations need—chats, meetings, calling, and Office 365 apps—to make faster, more informed decisions in a single, intelligent hub. With Teams, every type of worker—from the Firstline Worker to the C-suite—is empowered to contribute… Continue reading Quantifying the value of collaboration with Microsoft Teams
This month, Microsoft released new features in Microsoft 365 to help you boost teamwork, save time, and streamline your IT management. Here’s a look at what’s new in March 2019. Collaborate more easily New features and services give you more ways to collaborate with colleagues and LinkedIn connections across platforms. Boost meeting productivity and meet… Continue reading New tools to enable teamwork and enhance security in the workplace
Smart Process Apps (SPAs) are becoming essential for businesses to meet growing customer expectations. This is according to Shaun Dicker, who notes competitive pressure is driving organisations to look at process improvements. Forrester Research coined the term Smart Process Applications, calling them a “new category of application software designed to support business activities that are… Continue reading Smart Process Apps improve customer engagement
With automated Accounts Payable solutions, organisations can expect to see a return on their investment within the first six to twelve months. From that point onwards, the solution starts generating increasing returns for the business. In fact, there are many benefits when automating the processes of receiving invoices, automated reconciliation of invoices against associated statements,… Continue reading Elevating the Finance Function with Automated Accounts Payable solutions
We lose so much emotion in our text messages and emails—the tone of voice, gestures, facial expressions, body language, that quiver of excitement. This poem called Indirect by BABYRUTHBEER caught my attention today: To sigh after a long story,or to gasp when you hear something silly;Two of the wonders you can’t doif online chat is… Continue reading Don’t Hold Back Your Emojis – It’s a text world
There are considerable benefits in investing in one platform for all your devices – the same mobile phone platform, the same platform for your tablet, your work notebook, and your gaming console. I have chosen Microsoft as my platform, and I will tell you why. In a previous life, I had an Android smartphone, an… Continue reading One Experience. On every device. For everything in your life.
I have been looking at the word “Friend” for so long that the spelling is starting to look strange. F.R.I.E.N.D. Weird. I have been doing a clean-up of friends on Facebook – unfriending people that I actually don’t know… and even a few that I don’t want to know anymore too! It’s not to be… Continue reading Facebook Unfriend
A well-crafted Work Breakdown Structure can be invaluable on a project. Follow this short step-by-step guide on how to create a basic Work Breakdown Structure for your next project. I create a WBS as soon as possible, preferably while the sales team is still busy proposing the solution to a client. Using the approach I… Continue reading How to create a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
A South African software developer and solution provider that focuses on the delivery of intranet, portal and business process automation solutions for the enterprise market, has developed a change management methodology for customers undertaking intranet and portal implementations. “In the past, intranets were touted as the next best thing for enhancing organisational efficiencies and driving… Continue reading Develop a change management methodology
A South African software development company, has seen a significant improvement in its development, testing and time to market since implementing Compuware`s solutions for Automated Software Quality (ASQ). The tight integration between Compuware`s DevPartner Studio and QACenter, which provide industry-leading automated software quality capabilities, made it possible for us to start product testing earlier in… Continue reading Automated Software Quality simplifies dev & test process