The one thing you can’t get wrong when you cost a project

A key risk of many projects is they don’t make sure they have enough staff to deliver what they promise. I’ll tell you why this is, and how you can change your approach to better manage your risks.

Announcing the Cancer Challenge ‘Data Dive’

As part of the £1M Cancer Innovation Challenge, Product Forge is running a three day long open data event to use synthetic data to develop new ways to work with cancer data in Scotland.

Unroll yourself from claims to be a service that helps you manage your email, despite having an app that’s confusing and a faq that’s almost useless. is actually a service that sells insights into your email. Get rid of it.

Four ways you can take part in the Cancer Innovation Challenge

The Cancer Innovation Challenge has £1M of funding to develop new innovative approaches to using data to deliver better cancer treatment outcomes in Scotland. Here are four ways you can take part in the Challenge.

Introducing the Cancer Innovation Challenge

Scotland lags behind much of Europe in outcomes for cancer patients. The Cancer Innovation Challenge has £1M of funding to develop new innovative approaches to using data to deliver better cancer treatment outcomes in Scotland.

20’s plenty – cars, speeding and communities

I think anything that makes streets safer is good – and while Edinburgh’s new 20mph policy isn’t perfect, it’s already changing how people drive in Edinburgh for the better.

How much startup time do you need for research projects? You might need more than you think

In my experience the key thing delaying the start of research projects is staff availability – whether you have access to the people you need or if you need to recruit. Remember: if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. Recruiting staff can be a pretty volatile process, depending on how much experience you have of […]

What high street vacancy rates really mean

While retail vacancy rates in the UK are declining, one in every seven shops is still empty. So is this decline all good news, or is it hiding some potentially bad news?

Welcome to Tech Town

Interesting article on the future of Towns and Cities in the Drum Magazine – and I don’t just say that because I’m quoted in it! A couple of key talking points on future cities: The Future city will look a lot like the current city It will be a lot more efficient – in many […]

Smart Cities interview in ‘Urban Realm’

Part of an interview I did for Urban Realm magazine on Smart Cities following Glasgow’s designation as a ‘Smart City’, covering how UK cities use information, how they’ll change service delivery, and the importance of Smart Citizens.

What would independence mean for Scotland’s cities?

Scotland is an urban country: 70% of Scots live in urban areas. So it follows that the majority of impact of independence will be felt by urban Scots. So what could this impact be? Will anything change? Does anyone care either way?

Into the Future – talking about Smart Cities

I’ll be speaking at the 2012 PPA Digital Publishing Conference on Wednesday 26 September in London. The conference theme is ‘Into the Future’, and I’ll be exploring some of the opportunities surrounding the smart cities initiatives for providers of digital data services.