Unravelling a web of failures at UK outsourcer Carillion
Whitehall has long favoured the largest contractors, on the grounds that this increases simplicity and reduces risk. That assumption should be binned. So, too, should the identification of lowest price with lowest cost. Keeping suppliers on the lowest possible margins is a big long-term risk.
financialtimes  Carillion  government  transformation  finance  budget  contractors  outsourcing 
12 weeks ago
Marissa Mayer Is Still Here - The New York Times
I’m proud of what we achieved at Yahoo. That said, we had a quickly decaying legacy business. All we really managed to do was offset the declines.
marissamayer  google  yahoo  leadership 
april 2018
Opinion | How to Level the College Playing Field - The New York Times
Harold O. Levy, a former chancellor of the New York City public schools and education technology investor on how to make colleges more equal.
ual  technology  college  newyork 
april 2018
Minister forced to change his own app after data-mining complaints | World news | The Guardian
The culture secretary, Matt Hancock, has been forced to change the settings on his own app after complaints that it was harvesting the data and photos of users.
march 2018
Netflix data: 70 percent of viewing happens on TVs - Recode
"Netflix says 70 percent of its streams end up on connected TVs instead of phones, tablets or PCs."
netflix  statistics  tv  media 
march 2018
WPP squeezed by advertisers and digital disruption
The maker of Gillette razors and Pampers nappies has slashed the number of agencies it works with by 60 per cent and cut agency and production costs by $750m.
advertising  wpp  martinsorrell 
march 2018
John McDonnell interview: is Britain ready for a socialist chancellor?
"McDonnell tries to spend at least one weekend a month in Norfolk. He recently bought a boat, only discovering afterwards that it was called “The Morning Star” (also the name of the socialist newspaper). “I didn’t know the name of the boat when I bought it . . . I thought, no one will believe me.”"
johnMcDonnell  politics  labour 
march 2018
Michael Heseltine: how green spaces transform inner cities
"What is missing is a coherent people-centric and co-ordinated sense of purpose." root of all government problems ever
michaelHeseltine  people  users  property  planning  garden  land  government 
february 2018
Dr Simon Eccles to NHS Digital: 'don't get distracted by shiny things'
"He added that the lure of new innovations threatened to divert resources away from more critical projects." NO INNOVATION UNTIL EVERYTHING WORKS
nhs  government  digital 
february 2018
The Passport Office - A Personal Supply Chain Experience - Spend Matters UK/Europe Spend Matters UK/Europe
"very well done to HM Passport Office and thanks for one of the best experiences I have ever had form a public service."
homeoffice  digital  government  gds 
february 2018
Design’s Lost Generation – Mike Monteiro – Medium
Two companies, knowingly designing software with the express purposes of deceiving regulating bodies.
MikeMonteiro  design  ethics  career 
february 2018
Liam Gallagher: ‘The German police pulled my teeth out with pliers’ | Music | The Guardian
"It’s the selfie thing. Even though I don’t mind doing it. That generation, it’s like a fucking disease. No one comes up and fucking asks for autographs any more, not that that was any better."
liamgallagher  selfies  2018  music  funny 
february 2018
Cisco: cash machine
"Flush with cash after the Republican tax cuts, Cisco announced on Wednesday that it was building gleaming factories across the US, employing hundreds of thousands of workers to make the latest cutting-edge routers.

Sorry, of course not. The money is going back to shareholders."
cisco  technology  trump  ta  business  ft  2018  funny 
february 2018
DCMS wants GDS lock, stock and barrel - Manzoni fighting to retain control
"Wind back a few years and GDS was seen as a force to be reckoned with within Whitehall, a department with innovative ideas and the gusto to get things done. Fast forward to today and it’s being perceived as a lame duck that is underperforming to the point where people think it might do better under the control of DCMS – a department with no track record of delivery."
gds  government  technology  johnmanzoni 
february 2018
Justin Trudeau's Davos address in full | World Economic Forum
"Think about it: The pace of change has never been this fast, yet it will never be this slow again."
canada  technology  government  justintrudeau  quotes  2018 
january 2018
Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan join forces to shake up healthcare
“The three companies, which bring their scale and complementary expertise to this long-term effort, will pursue this objective through an independent company that is free from profitmaking incentives and constraints,” they said in a statement. 
amazon  BerkshireHathaway  JPMorgan  pharmacy  health  healthcare  warrenbuffet 
january 2018
Beyoncé samples Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's call to feminism | Books | The Guardian
Definition of feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie = "a person who believes in the social, economic and political equality of the sexes". From the Beyonce song Flawless
ChimamandaNgoziAdichie  Chimamanda  Ngozi  Adichie  beyonce  quotes  feminism  feminist 
january 2018
Codename Revolution: The Nintendo Wii Platform - Steven E. Jones, George K. Thiruvathukal - Google Books
Yoshio Sakamoto warioware "microgames from Nintendo employees, who wrote about a thousand such ideas on yellow sticky notes"
Yoshio  Sakamoto  warioware  microgames  Nintendo 
january 2018
The Decade of Display That Wasn’t 2007 – 2017 – Jonathan Mendez
"So here we are. The end of 2017. Best estimates (eMarketer) place U.S. Display spending at ~ $150B the past 10 years. $150 Billion in display advertising. Can anyone remember a single display campaign the last decade besides “punch the monkey?”"
advertising  digital 
january 2018
Neo Bankside: how Richard Rogers's new 'non-dom accom' cut out the poor | Art and design | The Guardian
"Public space? … The development is garnished with the usual meagre concession to public amenities – a small area closed to the public at 8pm."
richardrogers  architecture  southwark  planning 
january 2018
Richard Rogers: ‘I would never dream of doing the Pompidou now’ | Art and design | The Guardian
"He devotes too much energy to bemoaning the lack of vision of the supposed enemies of modern architecture, and not enough to addressing the matter of his own regrets (though when I ask him about this, he says: “I don’t know that I do regret a major piece of my professional life.”)"
richardrogers  book  review  2018 
january 2018
Being a British Citizen – Alexandra D-S – Medium
"Thursday nights are for a drink in the pub with work friends, well probably more than one. Fridays are spent hungover because being British, you know that Fridays are a fraud. Nothing of any real importance happens on a Friday."
alexds  britain  writing  2018 
january 2018
The foco (Phil Gyford’s website)
I don’t know much about how to effect change in a large organisation but I know people who have done it (or tried to do it). Hello, agile digital change agents! When I read this book review I thought of you.
digital  transformation  government 
january 2018
Kenny Dalglish: ‘As long as we’re living we won’t have closure on Hillsborough’ | Football | The Guardian
“I played for Celtic and Liverpool with all those great players and managers. But they were very humble and kind. It seemed not a bad idea to follow their lead.”
leadership  football  management  kennyDalglish  liverpool 
november 2017
Tim O'Reilly: The Oracle of Silicon Valley | Inc.com
"Money is like gasoline during a road trip," he says. "You don't want to run out of gas on your trip, but you're not doing a tour of gas stations. You have to pay attention to money, but it shouldn't be about the money."
TimOReilly  wisdom  quote  education  advice  money  tech 
november 2017
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