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Peter Pilgrim :: Java Champion :: Digital Developer Architect

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Contractors: Avoid TEST-FIRST software engineering testing platforms

20 July 2016 2 comments

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I recommend experienced contractors avoid software engineering testing platforms especially when the client requests you complete a test before a telephone or face-to-face interview. In other word, avoid TEST-FIRST. Of course, you might exactly know what you are getting into, conduct research and seeing it for yourself. Just know the consequences. I took a Hacker […]

How to hire an elite level international football head coach and what you can’t do bugger about it

19 July 2016 Comments off

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Based the last blog entries: Part 1 and Part 2. This is tongue-in-check, however please read it and the last paragraph. Today, 19th July, I saw somebody had tweeted about Head Coach job specification for Belgium. Discover the desired profile of the new Belgian Red Devils’ head coach. – Experience and results in the currently […]

Why aren’t you getting the best contractors and what can you do about it (Part 2)

18 July 2016 3 comments

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Why aren’t you getting the best contractors and what can you do about it In Part 1, we look into the question of why companies suck at finding great contractors. We covered reviewing the genuine opportunity. We touched on why demand for great contractors outstrips the supply. We saw why TEST-FIRST recruitment is an abject […]

Why aren’t you getting the best contractors and what can you do about it (Part 1)

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Why aren’t you getting the best contractors and what can you do about it Part 1 If you are reading this article, the chances are you are a technical leader, a team manager or service delivery manager, and there is a probability that you are making mistakes finding the best contractors. The end result is […]

#ITMustChange2014

08 January 2014 Comments off

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Instead of moaning, groaning and whining about the frustration of job search in the industry like I did last year and the years before. I am doing something about it this year, #ITMustChange2014 is the start of the awareness campaign. Here is the media, which is Creative Commons Licensed 3.0, Share-A-Like, No-Derivatives and Non-Commercial. So […]

I am an IT contractor

25 June 2013 6 comments

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This is a disturbing post for me, and probably for you.  I am an IT contractor in 2013, at least. It was not always that way, because I worked in long term permanent positions before now. I have said many times before I did not aim to be an IT contractor: it just fell in […]

Devoxx 2012 JUG Leader BOF Videos

21 April 2013 Comments off

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Here are two well overdue video recordings of the Devoxx 2012 JUG Leader and Java Champions BOF from last November. Ooops! Sorry it has taken several months, but that is another story. The important things are the end results. There we go now: Part One   Devoxx 2012 JUG Leaders BOF Part 1 from Peter […]

Your Next PR Disaster is Inevitable When You Provide No Feedback

25 December 2012 Comments off

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This is a warning to the reader; your might feel at the end of this entry that it is all Dickens’s Christmas Carol and “Bah! Humbug!”. You would be rightfully semi-accurate in your analysis, of course. Quite simply, I hate when I go to an interview that is either face-to-face with a potential employer, or […]

Emancipated

19 October 2012 Comments off

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By the beginning of September 2012, my consultancy contract, ended after 10 months. In a lot of ways, it was an interesting experience, a game of two halves. The first half was in-house and learned Spring Integration, Enterprise Application Integration, properly. Whereas in the past, I only touched on the periphery of these ideas, using […]

Code Anything At Will

25 August 2012 2 comments

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In this entry, I am handing over the natural keyboard to you. Don’t be afraid. Don’t fret. There is absolutely nothing to be worried about. Just take it and code something wonderful. Code something beautiful, mega-gorgeous, substantial. How about something profound, something that inspires you? Completely tear it up whilst you are in the zone, […]

Poke Life And Something Will Pop Out: Steve Jobs

05 November 2011 Comments off

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I have been going through my photographs from my October 2011 California trip. It is time to share and poke life. (See below for Dennis Ritchie)   Here’s a guy that revolutionised the computer industry, the music industry, the motion picture industry, the telephone industry. There’s four, and maybe more. That’s impact. Robert Cringely   […]

Benefits of Good Communication

17 May 2011 Comments off

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This article is sponsored by TLC Powertalk and written by Peter Pilgrim   Presentation Courses, 121 Communication Training, Personal Impact, Speaker, NLP Skills Visit http://www.tlcpowertalk.com/   If you have one member in a SCRUM team that is not an effective communicator than your team is performing sub optimally. The benefits of good communication are important […]

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