January 2020

Mental Health in the Modern Age – How can we keep positive in 2020? | SPP #84

As we make our way through the new decade, we are already being bombarded with new tragedies and challenges, as well as ever-increasing questions. Should we be trying harder or less? Are things getting worse? Or are we actually doing pretty good and we just don’t know it? In this rather philosophical episode of the productivity podcast, Phil talks through what can cause long periods of melancholy and how it’s… Read More »Mental Health in the Modern Age – How can we keep positive in 2020? | SPP #84

Checklist for an optimised business

Are you doing everything you can to grow your business? Or, if you are an entrepreneur thinking of beginning a start-up, have you considered these essential elements to implement for peak performance? The SwiftCase Productivity Podcast brings you this checklist, with advice devised by Dr Adam Sykes, to question whether your business structure is as productive and effective as it can be. The three main sections of this video: 00:12… Read More »Checklist for an optimised business

Free or cheaper alternatives to Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop | SPP #82

*The brilliant Affinity Publisher is now available in full for a one time purchase of £48.99 – https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/publisher/ Instead of the usual Friday group podcast, here is a compiled list of the best creative apps for graphic designers, publishers and artists that will pump up your productivity without punishing your bank account. Check out these high quality, and affordable program – most of which can match up to or even… Read More »Free or cheaper alternatives to Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop | SPP #82

Gold plating in project management – Are you overdoing it? | SPP #81

Gold plating means intentionally adding extra features or functions to a product or projects you are developing which were not included in the scope statement. Usually, gold plating is performed by either the project team or the project manager with no additional cost to the client, possibly even beyond what is practical or reasonable for the effort. Is doing this worth it? If you like what you’ve heard and want… Read More »Gold plating in project management – Are you overdoing it? | SPP #81

The Modern Monopoly – Facebook and Amazon Takeover | SPP #80

As of last year, Amazon Web Services controlled roughly 40 percent of the cloud market, running the backend for Netflix, Pinterest, Slack and dozens of other services with no visible connection to the company. – The Verge, 2018 https://www.theverge.com/2018/7/28/17622792/plugin-use-the-internet-without-the-amazon-cloud That’s nearly half of the all servers that make up the internet. A monopoly is when a single individual or company is the sole supplier of a particular product and receives… Read More »The Modern Monopoly – Facebook and Amazon Takeover | SPP #80

Silicon Valley’s “Tethics” (Tech Ethics) | SPP #79

The SwiftCase Productivity Podcast team, joined by the new permanent member, Alkis, expand on the concept of “Tethics” – tech ethics – formulated by the HBO show Silicon Valley character Gavin Belson. We discuss it as a real system, which doesn’t even seem too far fetched considering the strides technology is making across all industries. If you like what you’ve heard and want to catch all the latest weekly episodes,… Read More »Silicon Valley’s “Tethics” (Tech Ethics) | SPP #79

What would you ban from the business world? – Best of Room 404 | SPP #78

As the new year rolls along, so will new problems as well as new solutions. Here is a nod to those incoming issues, or essentially a compilation of the team continuously complaining about the worst problems they’ve encountered in the business world, taken from every episode of Room 404 in 2019 . We are looking forward to (more whining) dealing with more dilemmas head on and doing our best to… Read More »What would you ban from the business world? – Best of Room 404 | SPP #78

Saying Goodbye is the hardest part | SPP #77

As we bid farewell to 2019, there’s one more very special goodbye we have to say to a very important part of the SwiftCase crew. Craig McCarthy, who has been with us since the start is leaving us to progress to the next level of his life, starting a new job with a video game company. An amazing member of the team, he leaves a massive hole to fill. If… Read More »Saying Goodbye is the hardest part | SPP #77

Predictions for the new decade Part 2 | SPP #76

Welcome back to the future! We get back to talking about what to look forward to in the new decade, what we might not be looking forward to and some of our hopes. If you like what you’ve heard and want to catch all the latest weekly episodes, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.