Month: January 2018

Readability and Smart Contracts

Beyond considering the role of contract visualization, Stefania Passera’s doctoral dissertation Beyond the wall of contract text (2017) she also looks at the functions of contract. Her conclusions are critical for contract creators like me who believe that the purpose of a contract is not merely to safeguard rights and

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Mr Men vs Ms Contract Writer

I love the Mr Men books by Roger Hargreaves. Not so much for their stories (bad turns to good) but for the simplicity of the illustrations. As Roger Hargreaves’ wikipedia entry says the books were simple and humorous stories, with brightly coloured, boldly drawn illustrations … part of popular culture

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The Dotted Line: Choose wisely

Let’s not monkey around – Carillion’s collapse, whilst shocking, gives a chance to learn (rather than see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil). Read the full edition here » There are always items which can bounce your project from success to the darkness of failure, like on

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Reviewing the Role of Retention

5 years ago I wrote a post about whether you could trust an employer with your retention. In the light of Carillion’s pending/actual/recent insolvency* (delete according to when you read this), I wanted to clarify the legal position on retention. For simplicity the employer refers to the paying party –

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Lessons from Failure: Check the Technical Data

I would like you to (1) learn from the failures of others (the quickest, cheapest and least painful approach) and (2) embrace the idea that failure is not optional – it is your best friend. Lesson: check the technical data In November 1999, NASA lost a $125m satellite, the Mars

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The Dotted Line: A resolution-free zone

Rather than making resolutions to do meaningless stuff, this tips sheet introduces my top 10 things to stop doing and one key thing to start doing. Read the full edition here » One thing you could start to do in 2018 is to learn to embrace failure… Change is a

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