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Nurturing Talent

Headforwards Founding Director, Toby Parkins shares his thoughts on the progress made so far working with Cornwall College and exciting plans for the year ahead.

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Creating true flexibility in the workplace

Lindsey Nicholls, who heads up our People Operations, discusses joining the team during lockdown, and how we’re striving to provide true work-life balance.

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Lessons in teamwork from the Army and RNLI

Developer Mark Strudwick shares what he’s learned about teamwork from previous lives as a soldier and lifeboat crew member – and how it applies to coding teams.

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Rising salaries in the tech sector – fact or fiction?

Turbulence in the market sparks everyone’s interest; employees wonder what’s going on, and employers want to know more – given how much a situation of this kind can shift the cost base of doing anything. But is it as bad as we think it is?
Headforwards founding director, Toby Parkins shares his thoughts.

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Why data quality is so important – and how you can improve yours

Data Solutions Designer Kanaga Selvi Nachiyar explains how we measure data quality and help organisations improve their data practices.

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Requirements gathering: How we prepare – and use – a requirements document

Product Owner Tom Goldring explains how we turn client needs into a living requirements document that our teams can use to guide software development.

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Predicting the future: How much work is in our backlog?

In the final instalment of our four-part series, Dave Longman discusses how to use averages to estimate the undefined work in your backlog.

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Karmic Programming: Good practice to reduce technical debt

Unlocking the power of Buddha to write perfect code? Unfortunately not. Software dev Peter Conway coins the term ‘karmic programming’ to describe coding with the future in mind.

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3 ways to guarantee effective Agile change management

At its most effective, Agile development is part of widespread organisational change – and that requires an Agile approach to change management.

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Predicting the future: How big is this project – and when will we complete it?

In the third of a four-part series, Dave Longman takes you through a spreadsheet that uses Monte Carlo simulations to forecast project timelines.

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Headforwards Scrum Master Andy Roberts looks at the impact of organisational debt and compares it to technical debt 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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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

Learn more about our work with Cornwall Council, which focuses on unlocking data potential and increasing data literacy across the 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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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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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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Data transformation at a local council

uncils 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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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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