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  • From Stubble to Squad Goals: Our Mo-numental Mo-vember Mo-arvel!

    What we got up to….. Everyone at Dt-Squad got together and decided to do something to raise money for Movember. We had some Mo-growers and lots of Mo-supporters! We got matching Movember t-shirts made for everyone involved. Check them out in the photos below. At the beginning of the month of November 2023, all our…

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  • Learning a Foreign Language vs. Learning to Code: What’s the Difference?

    When the Journey Begins I’ve heard it a million times: “I could never learn another language, my brain just isn’t wired up for it.” Hmm… allow me to state the obvious: Once upon a time, you actually didn’t know how to speak English. It took a long time to learn, but you got there in…

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  • Solving complex problems through code – and nature!

    On a misty morning in early October, I left for work in the car. The blowers were on full blast as Greg James’ Radio 1 breakfast show had begun. As I left my estate, the music turned to noise as I began going over yesterday’s lesson with Peter (DT Squad Founder) in my head.  We…

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  • In it together – why employee ownership is right for us

    In it together – why employee ownership is right for us

    A core tenet of the dt-squad philosophy has been to become an employee owned company. This was one of the key founding principles and as we grow and become more successful we are moving closer to making the transition. But why is this a founding principle and why is it such a great idea to…

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  • Old Dogs and New Tricks: The Monte Carlo Forecasting Journey

    Old Dogs and New Tricks: The Monte Carlo Forecasting Journey

    Reflection… In my mind, I’m still that mid 30’s thrusting executive, breaking new ground and contributing to the accelerating pace of corporate transformation. But the mirror doesn’t lie! I’m well into my 60’s, my suits seem to have shrunk over the years and my career is fast disappearing into the distant past. Thus, when my…

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  • Needles and haystacks or…

    Needles and haystacks or…

    Locating critical information in a corporate knowledge repository If you’re reading this document, there’s a pretty high chance you’ve gained the painful experience of trying to urgently find something in the organisational knowledge repository (or hub etc) when it seems to defy all logic of searching by keywords or taxonomy (the way things are organised…

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  • The Case of Rev. Bayes v The Post Office

    The Case of Rev. Bayes v The Post Office

    Like almost everyone that’s seen the story of Mr Bates and the Post Office, I’m horrified that so much harm has been done to so many by so few. The ease with which powerful people believed the stories of other powerful people in the absence of evidence is awful.  But… What systematic methods of thinking…

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  • Lighting a fire – Our first annual review…

    I’m not sure exactly which moment I’d pick as the conception of an idea that I eventually called “dt-squad”…. But as I write this blog in September 2023, just 12 months after Luke Davey and I dragged  dt-squad Ltd out of the ground as a commercial entity, I thought it might be worth reflecting on our “origin…

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  • Helping Mine Detectors learn to use their equipment correctly

    In January 2021, I was talking to some of the people from jHub (a technology and innovation hub run by the MoD) at a webinar on innovation. One conversation led to another and they mentioned a problem that was on their radar. It sounded really interesting and I asked if I could brief some of…

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  • How many?

    If you look at any piece of the night sky through a 1mm diameter hole in a piece of paper held out at arms length, how many galaxies should be visible through that hole? Our five children all  know my answer to this “fun”! question that I’ve raised at many parties over the years (you…

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  • Finding defects with AI and computer vision

    In March 2018 a number of stars aligned in a way that would have a lasting impact.  Firstly, I was looking for a new personal project to help me learn more about artificial intelligence and in particular computer vision. Secondly, one of our global partners asked my business if we could help them solve a…

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  • Portfolio: Rachel – Photo Editing

    In November 2019 I saw a poster advertising the jhub coding scheme, a scheme which encourages service personnel to learn a variety of coding and tech skills. I decided to sign up and have a go at their web development module. Fast forward 4 months and I had completed the required open source course and…

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  • Portfolio: Luke – Hangman

    After 12 fun filled years as an officer in the light infantry I was ready for a change. I had achieved what I set out to do, having travelled and conducted operations all over the world, including a 2-year stint in Pakistan which was the highlight of my military career. I also had the honour…

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  • Portfolio: Will – Gym Machines

    The above quote is one of the most attractive things about learning to code for me. After 6 years in the Parachute regiment being “beasted” and testing my mental and physical limits I’m hoping to take a step in a new direction and become one of these lazy people. The challenges you face in “the…

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