Insights

Off-the-shelf products or bespoke development – which would you choose?

Scrum Master Andy Roberts discusses why you don’t need to pit bespoke development against off-the-shelf tools when you’re choosing software.

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HeadTalks - Optimising delivery for pandemic and post-pandemic teams

HeadTalks – Dave Longman: How can we optimise delivery for a pandemic and post-pandemic world?

The pandemic forced many of our hands when it came to homebased working and many companies are drifting back or coming up with hybrids. But what effect do these changes have on delivery, and what considerations should we all be making?

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Orienting for Outcome: strategies for behaviour-driven development

Mike Fosker chats through the highlights from his recent “Orienting for Outcome” talk from this year’s Agile on the Beach.

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Case study: transformation through data at Cornwall Council

Councils have vast amounts of data with untapped potential. Our work with Cornwall Council focuses on unlocking that potential and increasing data literacy across its workforce.

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The role of business analysts in Agile development

Business Analyst Kath Moore explains her role as the connector between clients and devs, and how she helps facilitate good communication and great software.

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The evolution of IT development for councils: introducing Agile

To achieve ambitious digital goals, council IT teams need to move away from slow traditional development practices and embrace Agile.

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How to tell an accurate, detailed, and compelling story with your data

Data analyst Méabh Murphy shares seven principles for effective data storytelling, from digging deep in the data to tailoring presentations to your audience.

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That ‘quality’ thing: how do Agile teams create high-quality software?

Software QA Leader Przemek Furtak explores the challenge of building high-quality software – and the complexity of defining ‘quality’ in the first place.

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Predicting the future: how long will a story take?

In the second of our four-part forecasting series, scrum master Dave Longman discusses his approach to estimating how long it takes to complete a story.

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Predicting the future: estimates, forecasts, and the value of knowing what’s coming next

In the first of a four-part series, Account Director Dave Longman explores whether estimates are a useful tool – and how to forecast project progress effectively.

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Q&A: How we find and nurture talent – and why it’s vital for great code

Headforwards co-founder Craig Girvan reflects on our hiring process, how we choose the right talent, and the work we put in to help them thrive in their roles.

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Microservices and containers: the perfect toolset for Agile teams

See how microservices and containers fit into the Agile toolset – and how they’re helping organisations enable continuous delivery.

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The pros and cons of user-created apps

With low-code tools growing in popularity, is citizen development a worthy investment for organisations – or could it cause more problems than it solves?

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The 24-hour proof of concept: how to solve business challenges with hackathons

Software dev Barney Nicholls reflects on how 24-hour development challenges can help organisations encourage creative thinking – and overcome real obstacles.

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How can councils improve digital literacy – for employees and citizens?

As councils adopt new software and processes to improve operations, digital literacy and change management are becoming vital for success.

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Agile at a distance: adjusting to working from home and the future of work

Headforwards founders Toby Parkins and Craig Girvan discuss the transition to working from home – and how to preserve an agile culture over video chat.

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Balancing risk and reward: considerations for AI implementation

We explore some of the misconceptions and risks around AI – and how to overcome them for a successful implementation.

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Onshoring vs offshoring: what’s the difference, and why does it matter?

What’s the difference between onshoring and offshoring – and does it really matter in modern software development?

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Why outsourced software development works

Outsourcing can be the secret to software development that delivers long-term value for organisations across all verticals – if you choose the right provider

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Secrets of a Scrum Master | Part Three

We asked three of our own to talk about their focal points when practising the art of Scrum. Andy Roberts talks about his take on the role

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Secrets of a Scrum Master | Part Two

We asked three of our own to talk about their focal points when practising the art of Scrum.

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