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Meetup with Agile Leicester – Improvising with Agile

Xpertise are proud sponsors of Agile Leicester meet ups, and last Thursday we attended, alongside 50 others ‘ Improvisssssing With Agile’ with key speaker and certified Scrum Trainer Paul Goddard.

If you didn’t get chance to attend, or need a quick reminder,  Philip Newby, Recruitment Consultant here at Xpertise talks about the key points he took away from the interactive session..

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Graduate Placements – are they beneficial?

Graduate placements are becoming more and more popular. Many universities give students the option of taking advantage of a year working in a specific industry as part of their degree. Although this may sound like another way of elongating the ‘ student life’, that’s far from the truth.  Completing a graduate placement year can provide invaluable work experience, which will be well noted with future employers and help these individuals stand out from the crowd when applying for permanent job roles after graduation. It can also help in cementing future career paths, and sometimes even secure a permanent role at the end of it.

We spoke to James Whitehead, Xpertise’s graduate placement student to find out why he decided to take a year in industry, what he enjoys and what he thinks he has learnt…

 

 

 

 

 

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Making Agile fun – Welcome to LEGO SCRUM town!

Last week, Phil Brindley came back to the office with 5 boxes of LEGO. Along with finding dream project delivery roles for specialist IT folk at Xpertise, this might just have been a career highlight for him! Read Phil’s write up from the latest Lean Agile Birmingham meetup to find out just how this LEGO was being used.

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What is real time coaching – is this the best way to influence change?

We went along to an Agile Derby meetup last Wednesday where Managing Director of Barefoot Coaching Ltd, Kim Morgan was there to talk about her popular training concept called Real Time Coaching. Kim went into detail about how this can influence change in your teams and with your clients through understanding behavioural psychology and process consulting.

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Remote Agile – can it work?

One of the fundamental success factors of Agile used to be the close environment teams work in. These days, with companies outsourcing projects and offshoring whole departments to cut costs, *Cough cough Brexit*, it’s interesting to find out just how remote Agile can still work, and if it’s something that can become the new Agile if you like. We chatted to one of our Xpertise candidates, Tim who is in the middle of a project working in this new remote agile environment at the moment, interested to find out just how it’s going…

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User stories – not the next Harry Potter

How do you write a good user story? Xpertise project delivery recruitment specialist Joe MacDonald takes the main insights from a recent Lean Agile Birmingham event and adapts them for his environment.

You’re probably thinking that I’ve gone all J K Rowling on you, and I’m about to tell you how to write the next Harry Potter. HOWEVER, I’m actually referring to a different type of story – the type used in Agile project delivery. Typically, user stories are very high-level definitions of a requirement, containing just enough information so that the developers can produce a reasonable estimate of the effort to implement it.

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If I have kids – I’ll be getting them into coding before they can walk

Our Product Delivery recruitment specialist Olivia Healy was driving back from the gym the other night, when she found herself listening to a really interesting radio piece about the personal development aspect of coding. Not to be confused as an article all about technology and kids, Olivia goes into how coding knowledge can actually be good for personal development and understanding the different areas of technology you can go into.

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Women in Tech – Tech Wednesday Birmingham Meetup Review

Women in tech are growing, but we still have a way to go. Let’s take the younger generation, for example, our future leaders if you will: According to a report from Accenture, 77% of girls still believe that the science and technology sector lacks high-profile female role models.

Suki Bains, our software development specialist, was pretty lucky on Wednesday to be able to meet 3 really inspirational women in tech at the Tech Wednesday meetup at Innovation Birmingham Campus. These are monthly meet-ups for the Technology and entrepreneur community within Birmingham.

Instead of talking everyone’s ear off here in the office, Suki would like to share just why he thought each of them were pretty amazing.

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IR35 Public Sector Legislation Update

Hands up; who’s confused by the recent IR35 public sector legislation? Let me try to demystify it…

I thought every supplier in the UK would be chomping at the bit to hear the latest IR35 public sector legislation update from Capita, so was quite surprised to find myself surrounded by only 35 other recruitment agency leaders on Wednesday.

The CL1 framework’s new HMRC IR35 public sector legislation comes into force from 6th April 2017, and we have been closely following updates and looking at plans for our contractors for quite a while now. However, after Wednesday – am I more equipped to advise all of our contractors? I think so…

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Safety is the word – how to create a safe environment at work

No stranger to a tech meetup, .Net recruitment specialist Suki Bains recently went along to Lean Agile Birmingham where Consultant, Agile Coach and Software Engineer John Le Drew was there to talk about safe environments.

Hosted at Delta Financial Systems HQ in Birmingham, the Meetup focused on how creating a safe environment at work is vital in helping build relationships, and encourage idea flow and positivity. John, who runs the consultancy Wise Noodles, led a really interesting interactive session with role play exercises looking at “What is safety? And why is it important anyway?”.

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