Refreshing Your Scrum

Keith Shakib Agile, Consulting, Design, Dev Methodologies, Soft Skills 3 Comments

Most of us now have some experience with Agile Scrum practices. Many of us have had years of practice on multiple processes. As a consultant, I have the opportunity to see many differences in how organizations implement and practice the most popular development process methodologies.

While the prescription for good practices is well-documented, many of us have lost our “mojo” at least once and seen many of the benefits of using the process decline.

In this blog, I will indicate some key points required to return to optimal agile performance. I will highlight three common pitfalls, some common causes of those problems, and reminders of how to get back to a high-performance Scrum implementation. Let’s dive in.

Performing Technical Interviews For Consulting Clients

Clayton Neff Consulting, Opinion, Soft Skills Leave a Comment

The situation will occasionally arise when we have gained enough respect and confidence from our clients that they will ask us to help them interview new technical people to join the team. As consultants, it’s important for us to be the person that our client needs us to be at the time, so we are definitely willing to help. But, needless to say, this situation must be handled with ‘kid gloves.’

Many managers are uncomfortable performing a technical interview in an area they do not feel competent in. Typically, that is when they will ask for your help in the interview process. As technical consultants, we should be able to provide useful feedback to them about the person’s apparent abilities. When it comes to the ‘soft skills,’ we want to ensure we’re on the same page with the client as to if we should limit the interactions to just the technical topics.

Whether you’re a consultant helping your client, or the client manager looking to fill your employee team, there are a number of topics that must be considered when searching for the right technical person. In this post, I will point out some useful topics to concentrate on while performing a technical interview– and why they are important questions to ask before hiring a new person to the team

Blockchain Breakfast Boost Scheduled – Omaha, Nov. 28th

Lauren Fournier Blockchain, Community, Educational Event, Hyperledger, Keyhole Leave a Comment

We are excited to announce the next free public Keyhole Software educational event in Omaha: Blockchain for the Enterprise in Action.

This Breakfast Boost event is a live learning opportunity that is open to the public. Keyhole presenter David Pitt will walk through how blockchain technology works with a live demonstration of an actual blockchain with a smart contract implemented in Hyperledger Fabric.

This free presentation will be held at 1415 The Meeting Space on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 from 8-10 A.M. Space is limited. To get more information and reserve your free ticket, please visit https://blockchainwithkeyholeinomaha.eventbrite.com.

Keyhole Announces Gold Dev Up 2018 Sponsorship & Speaker

Keyhole Software Community, Company News, Educational Event, GraphQL, Keyhole Leave a Comment

We are pleased to announce that Keyhole Software is a Gold Sponsor of the 2018 St. Louis Developer Conference! This will be the fourth year of Keyhole Sponsoring.

Formerly known as the St. Louis Days of .NET and rebranded as Dev Up during the 2015 conference, the 11th annual edition will bring together regional and national IT experts to share their knowledge for technology.

The Dev Up conference is October 8-10, 2018 at the St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Missouri. Monday, October 8th features all-day hands-on sessions called “Pre-Compilers” which are optional. The main conference takes place on October 9th & 10th and features over 140 technical training sessions geared toward all levels of experience.

Life as a Software Consultant

John Boardman Consulting, Keyhole, Opinion Leave a Comment

I’ve been in the field of programming professionally since 1990. I started out as a corporate employee for 14 years, then as a consultant, back to an employee, and finally settled with consulting. In both positions, I’ve worked with small, medium, large, and huge Fortune 50 corporations. There are many similarities between being an employee and a consultant, but there are also some significant differences.

In this blog, I’ll explore what life has been like in each role and hopefully give some perspective to others who might just be starting out. Keep in mind when I write “employee,” I am specifically targeting programmers.