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Video Blog: System terminal – input: reboot 2020 output: reboot impossible

16 July 2020 Comments off

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2020 And yes it is impossible to reboot the year 2020. On Wednesday, 1st January 2020, I had no idea what COVID-19 meant. It might have been a News Years Day tomorrow off some infection into China, but like for many of you, I was too busy sleeping off the night’s celebrations. Little did we […]

Symptoms of dysfunctional architecture – budgeting software development in digital transformation

18 February 2017 Comments off

17 minutes

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I have been involved in a few projects that are considered digital transformation. The term has a wildly convoluted meaning inside the industry. Some people think that this is about bringing about Agile software practices to laggard organisations, others believe that it is all about converting monolithic systems to micro-service oriented applications and, still, others […]

The end of contracting at GOV.UK for the foreseeable future

28 November 2016 Comments off

4 minutes

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The Government Digital Service was created way back in 2010 based on the ideas and the report from Dame Martha Lane Fox. It was supposed to be Agile, faster and efficient and cost effective for the UK. Whereas previous big projects eventually cost the tax payers scores of millions of British pounds, if not hundreds […]

Contractors: Avoid TEST-FIRST software engineering testing platforms

20 July 2016 2 comments

3 minutes

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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

4 minutes

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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

9 minutes

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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 […]

Fake Jobs List 2016

19 May 2016 Comments off

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Fake Jobs Fake jobs gives a bad name for the information technology contracting industry. It is just a scam to scavenge and harvest CVs from hapless developers, designers and architects and then to source the leads (human network communication) for recruitment agents. It starts for me, at least, with the recruiter refusing to give the […]

The Next Digital Transformation Engagement

27 April 2016 Comments off

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This is just a note to say, get in touch, especially, if you are looking for help with Java modernisation, moving from Java 7 to 8 and beyond and digital transformation of services. I am available for contract hire from May 2016. See my Linked-in Profile (new windows) for more information and how my strong […]

Contracting #20 – How to get good at handling enquiries and telephone calls?

06 July 2015 2 comments

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I still see many contractors making the same mistakes over and over of not protecting their vital assets. Your social and business network is your life. You need to learn how to protect it and only provide suitable access for acquaintances, agents and brokers, when you know the other person reasonably well. Did you work […]

Contracting #29 – Sadly, your Job specification was chucked straight in the Digital Bin

17 June 2015 Comments off

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I chucked another one in the digital waste bin in the sky. Good Morning, I am currently recruiting for a Lead Developer with strong Javascript for a client based in Central London, this is a permanent role and I wanted to establish if this might be of interest to yourself? I have listed details of […]

Coda Hale, Dropwizard and Scala

04 December 2014 Comments off

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I enjoyed working with Scala at my last client. One of the frameworks that we used there was Coda Hale‘s Dropwizard framework. The Dropwizard project, itself, is written against Java, and provided a nice bunch of friendly open source frameworks and applications already integrated together in read-to-run server. The developer just writes configuration, resources and […]

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