Over the past 5 years that I’ve been working for myself, I’ve been asked quite a few times – “Why did you set up Geoger?” There are many reasons for that, and I’ll cover some of them here as well as touch on what my vision was for the company. I started Geoger in August … More Why go independent?
At Geoger, I believe that project management should be: Light touch Low effort Effective Collaborative Open and clear With this in mind, I tend to use two main project management systems to keep track of progress when I am contracted to be the PM. One of these is a ‘master spreadsheet’ with a custom built … More Manage that project
Yesterday was a very busy day, but very rewarding. I travelled down to London to attend the Envirocon event which was being hosted by Ambisense at the Crystal in London’s docklands. After a very surreal experience at Canning Town DLR station where about 1000 people were all trying to get on a single train to … More A busy day in London town!
In February 2018 Geoger moved its office location to the Harwell Campus (at least for part of the week). Geoger now has a desk in the Satellite Applications Catapult co-space, and it’s been a brilliant experience so far. This month we are proud to be included in the Harwell Campus Space Cluster brochure. There are … More Harwell Space Cluster
I mentioned in a previous blog post that I have looked at using Trello as a way of generating and managing my task list. Although Trello is great for many things, I just didn’t find it the right fit for managing my day to day tasks (despite there being numerous posts and videos on the … More Software: Trello
In August 2013, I set up Geoger Ltd. as a fully fledged company. I had a rough plan about what I was going to do, how I was going to do it, and I had a single contract for a couple of days work lined up and ready. I’d been in the commercial world since … More Mentoring
This is a (brief) summary of an event I attended last week…. On Thursday (8th Feb 2018) I attended the UKSA (UK Space Agency) networking event in the BEIS Conference Centre in London (just off Parliament Square). It was a half day event designed to get as many players as possible from the space sector, … More Would like to meet….
As an independent consultant I am very aware of the need to be efficient with my use of time. One of the things that I found I was doing inefficiently was tracking the tasks that I needed to do. I used to write down all my tasks in a notebook, and then cross-out those that … More Software: todoist
At Geoger, I get quite a lot of approaches from students and new professionals looking for that first position in the Earth observation (EO) sector – unfortunately the plan for Geoger doesn’t currently involve taking on staff, but this may change. Typically, these approaches come from people with a background in GIS although I also … More Getting that job
One of the things that you need to become good at pretty quickly when you are an independent consultant is networking. For many, particularly for those working in the technology and science arenas, networking is not the most natural of things. Working out how to break into a small group of people that you want … More Networking challenges