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
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
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….
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
In September (2017), and in line with the ethos that governs Geoger, I donated a proportion of the previous year’s profits to three of the open source communities that produce or support the software that I use regularly. Donations were made to QGIS, SAGA GIS and NumFocus. In future years I hope to increase the … More Geoger supports open source
Geoger is pleased to announce the award of a new Defra consultancy contract. We are part of a consortium led by Specto Natura Ltd along with APMGeo Ltd which is tasked to operationalise the creation of a set of generic indicator products under the Earth Observation Data Integration Pilot (EODIP) project framework. The project takes the technical specification for an … More A further Defra project win
I was part of a discussion recently about different management styles. As an independent consultant, I currently only have to manage myself, although the desire is to grow the business and a team of likeminded people. The thoughts and arguments that were being presented by those of us having the discussion caught my interest, so I … More How do you manage?