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  • Handoffs considered expensive

    Bruce Durling Mar 15, 2015

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a team of coders in possession of dependencies must be in trouble. Much of agile at scale is about reducing or eliminating the dependencies between teams, usually by making multiskilled teams (see devops et al). Since working at Mastodon C though I’ve noticed that I’ve not suffered this […]

  • Finding technology innovators using big data

    Fran Bennett Feb 10, 2015

    We just finished a piece of work for Nesta, looking at how to spot innovative software developers and firms using publicly available data. It was an intriguing exercise – and if you’re a developer, you might want to have a look and see if you can spot anyone you know (we certainly did!). Longer explanation is here if you […]

  • Useful air quality data library

    Fran Bennett Feb 3, 2015

    We just published a new how-to to the Digital Catapult’s Open Health Data Platform, walking through how to get and use UK air quality data at scale. The explanation and example code might be useful to you if you’re thinking of adding air quality data into your analysis.

  • We’re on the Today Programme!

    Fran Bennett Jan 27, 2015

    We were on national radio recently, talking about being a disruptive UK technology company. Just before @fhr and I were on air, we sneaked a photo from backstage of John & Justin @BBCr4today — Jessica Bland (@pesska) January 6, 2015 You can hear the whole thing at from 2:55

  • Reflections on an internship

    Fran Bennett Sep 6, 2014

    Our latest superstar intern, Max, has just left us to go back to his last year of university at Queen Mary University of London. Trying to extend this day as much as possible because it's our intern @maxdrooghayes 's last day at @MastodonC and we hate goodbyes. — Anna Pawlicka (@AnnaPawlicka) August 29, 2014 He’s […]

  • Open Health Data platform is launched

    Fran Bennett May 2, 2014

    We had the big launch this week for the Open Health Data Platform, at Shoreditch Village Hall. It seemed like the audience agreed with us that there was plenty of good stuff to be done with open health data: Pretty conclusive result from the audience vote #OHDP says @krishgm — Mary McKenna (@MMaryMcKenna) April 30, 2014 We’ve […]

  • Network analysis to find ‘innovators’

    Fran Bennett Jan 15, 2014

    We’re midway through some work with Nesta to systematically find ‘innovators’ in the UK technology scene. It’s been a really interesting project so far, and we’re looking forward to launching the work more widely in 2014. The system we’re building is collecting and joining together data from multiple sources about software developers and what they work on, […]

  • What and why is

    Fran Bennett Sep 3, 2013

    We use an agile approach in all the work we do here at Mastodon C. Part of our agile technology development is breaking work up into short, set-length iterations, with clear deadlines at the end of each, which helps us to clarify what we’re doing right now, to plan effectively, and also to have a […]

  • The end of summer. the end of internship. the end of awesome.

    Fran Bennett Aug 27, 2013

    Our superstar intern @AnnaPawlicka finished her time with us last Friday sniffles. Here’s her look back on the experience, cross-posted from her blog . If we can keep hiring people like her and making them happy, we’ll know we’re doing something right.  This has been a whirlwind of a summer, and I can’t believe it’s come to an end. […]

  • Open Health Data – alpha launch happy dance

    Fran Bennett Aug 9, 2013

    [cross posted from] We just launched the alpha of the CDEC Open Health Data Platform. It’s been an exciting process developing the platform so far, and we’re really pleased with the way the alpha site looks and the reactions it’s had. The platform in general is a really fun project: it’s motivated by the fact that there’s […]

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