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The secret of any exceptional IT project? Focus on outcomes, not technology.

A combination of business pressures and multiple stakeholders can risk a technology-led approach to development projects. Here’s how to change tack to get the best outcomes instead.

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Angular vs React

Do you use Angular or React for your software development projects? Is it always an easy decision? Full Stack Developers Greg West and Andy Weir debated the pros and cons of both.

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Setting up your cloud journey for success

Headforwards CIO Advisory partner Pete Reed explains how leveraging and using the cloud well, as a part of your digital transformation journey, can provide great business value.

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Keeping it simple: Why the easiest route in software development is often the most effective

While there’s no doubt technology is becoming more complex, Headforwards Full Stack .Net Developer Phil Hargreaves makes the case for going back to basics with software development.

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As Seen from Space

Who’s winning in the space race at the moment? Is it Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos? Right now actually, it feels like Cornwall is. As the UK’s first horizontal satellite launch is set to take place from Cornwall this autumn, Headforwards founding director Toby Parkins shares his thoughts on how the tech sector needs to build on the excitement and take the opportunity to engage the next generation.

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5 Lessons I Learned Supporting a HealthTech Transformation

Nine months ago, Headforwards Full Stack Developer, Andy Weir changed roles. Read about the lessons he learned supporting a HealthTech transformation.

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Digital Transformation: the coexistence challenge

The process of undergoing a Digital Transformation requires organisations to continue to run their business at the same time as transforming. CIO Advisory Partner, Pete Reed says companies must give both the old world and the new world attention, being careful not to let one overtake the other.

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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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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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