BPDTS Engineering teams need to anticipate the future and plan for it. Changes expected to occur in the next decade are happening now, all at once. What trends are emerging, and what are the downstream consequences for software development?
Surfacing issues, reaching consensus, and collaboration produce better solutions. It's fundamental for individuals to develop the skills they need to disagree productively. Self-reflection, conflict diagnosis, and empathy are effective techniques to help a team get back on track. In today's post, Agile coach, Steve Mounsey, discusses 2 self-reflection models to help teams work better together.
Mentoring is gaining momentum as a professional development approach. The impact and value of mentorship exponentially increase when it becomes one of many tools in your development toolbox. Used in conjunction with other activities including, coaching, shadowing, peer to peer training and formal training, mentoring complements the more comprehensive approach to career mobility and learning and development.
Phil Harle is a Lead DevOps Engineer at BPDTS. For just over 2 years, he's been working with the Department for Work and Pensions, helping to embed DevOps working practices and tooling to enable the transformation of DWP's technology estate. In our On the Spot interview, we get to learn more about Phil.
Senior Test Engineer, Lisa Overall, is passionate about engineering. Engineering is in her DNA, and she is immensely proud to be part of its vibrancy. For Lisa, returning to the North East and taking up the engineering mantle, were like coming home – personally and professionally. In our On the Spot interview, we get an insider's view.
Leading organisations across all sectors are putting mental health and wellness issues on the boardroom agenda. Mental health issues cost UK employers £45 billion, and more needs to be done to tackle the challenge in the workplace. The more conversations we have about mental health the more barriers we can break down – minimising the isolation, shame, and worthlessness too many of us feel when experiencing a mental health problem.
If you’re involved in product design, please leave your assumptions at the door. Regardless of what role you play in the product lifecycle – a designer, front-end developer, or delivery manager, end-user research and experimentation have a role. Hypothesis driven design leads to better solutions – based on what users want, not what you think they need.
Conflict in agile teams is both good and bad. Dispute sparks healthy debate and flushes out valuable insight. However, when left unchecked, conflict can destroy a team, affecting productivity, success, and satisfaction. Agile Coach, Steve Mounsey, helps dysfunctional teams build conflict resolution skills by focussing on 3 areas – self-reflection, conflict diagnosis, and empathy. Please continue reading to learn why it’s critical to manage conflict in the workplace.
Career mobility is directly related to personal satisfaction, job advancement, and career development. Apprenticeships are evolving into a mechanism to boost existing employee skills and promote career mobility. When people are empowered to design and navigate into jobs more suitable to their abilities, goals, and aspirations, job satisfaction soars.
We are delighted to announce Melanie Calver, BPDTS Digital Service Practice Manager received the TechWomen100 Award. As a chronic multitasker, Melanie volunteers at local schools as a mentor for girls, works as a consultant and project manager and provides counsel and safe harbour in Living Leader meetings.
We recapped the 3 solutions hackers created during the BPDTS Hackathon in December in our blog post ‘How to hack your way to the winner’s circle with co-creation’. This post explores why hackathons are becoming an increasingly popular way to instigate changes at the end-user level - in private, public and third sectors.