WORD TO THE WISE

Digital transformation insights and tech blogs by WORTHIES.

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Scrum & Agile

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The perfect agile team

29.05.2020

“The perfect team is an agile team; built for speed, small at just four or five people, confident and empowered to make decisions. If it comes to it they will roll the dice.”

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Meet the Worthies

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Security Specialist Jorge

22.04.2020

Here's an interview with Jorge Luis Martínez, one of our Security Specialists based in the Hague, the Netherlands.

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Technology

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“I’m not technical” is a self-fulfilling prophecy

16.04.2020

There is a costly gap between the world of business and the world of technology. This article is about when human beings involved in software development say the words: "I'm not technical."

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Testing, Technology

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Test Automation with CodeceptJS

21.02.2020

Most people are lazy, and testers are no exception. It’s one of the main reasons automated end-to-end and regression tests exist. But there are dozens of different automation tools in every thinkable programming language (however… I would pay to see someone port Selenium to Fortran), so which one do you pick? In this blog I will make a case for CodeceptJS and offer a short introduction.

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Equality, Women in Tech

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Making fairness and equality a personal objective

13.02.2020

Being a woman in the male dominated tech world has its perks. I have been part of predominantly male groups like this for most of my life and I am totally ok with that. Actually… I still am a woman amongst men in most areas of my life: at home and at work.

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Meet the Worthies

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Recruiter Marie José

05.02.2020

Here's an interview with Marie José van der Meij, one of our Recruiters based in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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Software Engineer César

08.01.2020

Here's an interview with César Hernandez, one of our Software Engineers based in The Hague, NL.

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Technology

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Is there room for personal development in IT projects?

12.12.2019

I like nuance. It leaves room for discussion. I recently read an article criticising Go’s (the programming language) take on simplicity. It states that Go’s maker, Rob Pike, does not trust the average developer with the full expressive power of a complex language. And that’s the reason Go is such a simple language. The author takes issue with this, because they see this as insulting to developers.

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Meet the Worthies

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QA Engineer Roxana

27.11.2019

Here’s an interview with Roxana Pîslaru, one of our QA Engineers based in The Hague, NL.

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Liferay, Technology

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A worthwhile partnership

12.11.2019

In this post, we're having a chat with Frontend Developer Chris Johnson, to get his thoughts on working with Liferay.

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Meet the Worthies

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Implementation Consultant Annemiek

01.11.2019

Here’s an interview with Annemiek Bonnie, our Implementation Consultant based in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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Office Assistant Paul

21.10.2019

Here's an interview with Paul Mathijssen, our one and only Office Assistant based in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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Frontend Developer Chris

04.10.2019

Here's an interview with Chris Johnson, one of our Frontend Developers based in The Hague, NL.

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Software Engineer Kieran

24.09.2019

Here's an interview with Kieran Hester, one of our Software Engineers based in Reading, UK.

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Security, Security Champions, Technology

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Security Champions Guild: Tips for fun and interactive workshops

16.09.2019

Enabling and scaling security processes into agile teams was the biggest challenge for the Security Team. The way we approached this was by starting a Security Champions Guild. In this article, the Security Team will take you on this journey.

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Meet the Worthies

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Head of Business Development Tom

04.09.2019

Here's an interview with Tom White, our one and only Head of Business Development based in The Hague, the Netherlands.

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Technology

The importance of including a social perspective in technology

08.08.2019

Prior to starting my new job at as a Tech Lead at Worth, I had a couple of weeks of free time. During that time, it was a perfect moment to reflect on a couple of things. One of these things being the various projects that I have worked on. While reflecting on these projects, I became curious about what I liked about the ones that were a success, and what I disliked about the ones that turned out to be a failure.

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Technology

GraphQL - What? Why? And How?

25.07.2019

According to Stack Overflow, GraphQL is part of the ‘hottest stack’ in the tech scene . It has continued to be adopted by many companies for the benefits it brings. It was developed by Facebook in 2012 to drive their large, complex social systems of billions of users. In this piece, we’ll discover what GraphQL is, the reasons to adopt it and how to implement it.

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Technology, Code

I code therefore I am

11.07.2019

"Scribo Algorismus Ergo Sum". Who says such a thing? I guess I do. It is an addiction that has been part of me since I was a teenager. The real question is: how come writing code is still so much fun? I don't know, but it is!

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Traineeship

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Traineeship part II: The Experiences

14.06.2019

In February this year, trainees Amy, Polina and Hakan marked the start of their adventure as trainees at WORTH. Following 'Traineeship blog Part I: The Expectations' , we now learn about the experiences of our trainees during and after the traineeship. Keep on reading to find out about all the things the trainees learned, how they experienced the traineeship overall, and what they enjoy most about working at WORTH.

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Traineeship

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Traineeship Part I: The Expectations

04.06.2019

Last year, WORTH introduced the start of a 12 week, full-stack, guided training program developed in-house by our technical coaches. It introduces junior software engineers/frontend developers to the technologies and methodologies that we use inside the company. These also happen to be some of the most successful techniques in the industry.

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The Hague, Multicultural Environment

Top 5 reasons why you want to work in The Hague

16.05.2019

Thinking about working abroad? Or about working in another city in the Netherlands? Or maybe you're thinking of moving your business elsewhere? Then I have one more question for you: Have you thought about The Hague? The Dutch WORTH office has been in The Hague for over 15 years. Here are 5 reasons why we are happy we work in The Hague!

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Design, Game, User Experience

Mutually Destructive Metrics — The Game of Business Ethics

25.04.2019

I wanted to explore how businesses make decisions about the big ideas of our day — AI, privacy, security, bias. I wanted to better understand the ethics of business. I wanted to be a better writer, so I could get it all down in words. But I wasn’t. So I wrote it into a game! A game which you can play and make the decisions for yourself.w text

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Test Automation, QA Testing, Technology

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Get Started With Test Automation

11.04.2019

Here at WORTH, we’re dedicated to producing quality products. To that end, the testers are always trying to improve and learn more. To help them we created a list of resources, online trainings and a few assignments.

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Scrum & Agile

Exploring Agile, Part II

28.03.2019

The first part of this article, 'Exploring Agile Part I', has been an exploration of Agile from different perspectives, concluding that many are doing Agile by focussing on specific frameworks or practices. It also briefly touched upon the holistic perspective on Agile where a shift in mindset is considered the ultimate goal.

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Events

4 reasons why it is WORTH it to attend MWC Barcelona 2020

14.03.2019

There are so many large tech conferences held throughout the year and all around the world, and MWC Barcelona is just one of many. This makes it hard to decide which one to go to this year. Web Summit in Lisbon, VivaTechnology in Paris, London Tech Week, The Next Web in Amsterdam, South by South West in Texas, RISE in Hong Kong, Slush in Helsinki, Collision in Toronto, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona… What conference should you choose?

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Strategy, Vision, Change Management, User Experience

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How to strategically design your vision

07.03.2019

This article provides an overview of what a vision is, the benefits of having a well-informed vision and how to create a vision that can be practically implemented to help drive businesses towards their desired future state.

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DevOps, Technology

3 Ways DevOps Saves Time

21.02.2019

As we previously discussed in Aimar's previous blog post, DevOps aims to improve quality and efficiency, while reducing the risk of failure within software development teams. There are a number of ways we may achieve this by. These include breaking down team-silos, automating processes and continuously quantifying success. To view all this from a slightly more practical angle, this time we'll focus on 'three ways DevOps efforts help save time'.

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Design, User Experience

Under the microscope: user testing mobile menus

08.02.2019

When using a website menu on a mobile device, how exactly does the user get to a landing page? Click on the heading? The chevron icon? Do you need an extra menu item for the landing page? Simple questions, banal even, but as a jobbing designer we have to resolve them one way or another. The best way to trash your projects’ usability is to not consider the little things as you go along.

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Gamification, User Experience, Design

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Engaging people with game elements and mechanics

31.01.2019

As a User Experience Designer, one of my main tasks is to make it easy for users to achieve their goals and perform their tasks using the service we create. We summarise this as “having a good experience” while using the application, the service, and preferably throughout all interactions a person has with a product or service. However, this is not always enough to keep people engaged or motivate them. Gamification can enhance experience to improve motivation and engagement.

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Scrum & Agile

Exploring agile, part I

24.01.2019

Explaining the meaning of Agile or “to be agile” is no easy task. The saying “The more you learn, the less you know”, definitely applies to this topic. In an attempt to demystify its different meanings, this article explores Agile from three different perspectives, concluding with a fourth, holistic perspective. This is the first of two articles, the second part will explore 'the Agile Mindset' and the typical characteristics of Agile organizations.

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Design Sprints, Lightning Decision Jams, User Experience

Product team superpowers

17.01.2019

Here at Worth, we want to help you deliver great products. To help you do that, here's two checklists that we made for Design Sprints and Lightning Decision Jams that we don’t want to keep to ourselves!

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Tech, Women in tech

Food Delivery, Tech, Design and the Smart(er) City

10.01.2019

In this insight, I explore how tech is disrupting the food delivery industry, restaurant typologies, how we eat, live, and so on. Underpinning all of this, is modern life’s greatest woe: our collective lack of time, and our undeniable need to... eat.

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Teaching, Technology

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Lessons from eight months of teaching

03.01.2019

For eight months, I worked as an instructor at a web-development bootcamp. The company that I worked for is a company that welcomes people with little to no programming background, teaches them a very specific stack of technologies, and then helps them to get a job. It involves assessments, and not all students make it to the end. With zero teaching experience to start with, I was bound to learn a lot. Here are the lessons I have learned from eight months of teaching.

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Devops

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So, what exactly is DevOps?

21.12.2018

What is DevOps all about? Following part one of the DevOps blog series, we dive a little further into this mysterious domain, how it emerged, and why it is imperative to have within your company.

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Scrum & Agile

Self Organising Teams

13.12.2018

Oh, hey there! Today I would like to talk a bit about self-organizing teams. Now I know that there are many articles online with different opinions on this topic. Therefore, I will now share mine.

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Events

Day by day: Key takeaways Web Summit 2018

07.12.2018

The annual Lisbon Web Summit was from the 5th to the 8th of November 2018. It is widely known as the largest technology conference in the world, with 24 different tracks ranging from Content Makers to Deeptech, almost 70.000 attendees, and 1200 speakers.

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The Intersection of Music and Tech: Key Takeaways Web Summit 2018

07.12.2018

For me, one of the highlights of the 2018 Lisbon Web Summit was an Electronic Music Masterclass with globally renowned songwriter, producer and performer Jonas Blue. In this masterclass, a demonstration of how the intersection of music and tech are a match made in musical heaven was given.

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Quantum Computing: Key Takeaways Web Summit 2018

07.12.2018

This November, I had the privilege to attend the Web Summit in Lisbon for the first time. The Web Summit is considered the best technology conference on the planet. For me, it was a great experience to gain knowledge, to network and to attend inspirational talks from speakers from all over the world.

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Design , Discovery, User Experience

Sentiment Sketches for Customer Discovery

22.11.2018

How sentiment sketches help clients empathise with their users.

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Technology, PortSwigger, Web Security

5-Step guide to PortSwigger Web Security’s graphical tool Burp

02.11.2018

It can be difficult to find a guide on the basics for effectively using PortSwigger’s Web Security’s Java-based graphical tool, Burp. To that end, I’m going to review how you can simply view requests in Burp Suite and modify them. The Community Edition, which can be downloaded free of charge, is sufficient for this.

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Multicultural Environment

How multiculturalism can help your business

01.11.2018

Agile and adaptable organizations are the ones that thrive in today’s ever-changing, uncertain global business environment. In our company, multiculturalism brings together a diverse bonanza of cultures and ethnic backgrounds on a daily basis.

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Events, Technology

Why it's WORTH it to attend the Web Summit 2018

29.10.2018

From 5 November to 8 November this year, the annual Web Summit in Lisbon is taking place again. With 24 different tracks ranging from Content Makers to Deeptech and 70,000 attendees, this is the largest technology conference of the world.

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DevOps, Technology

Deciphering the roles in a DevOps world

25.10.2018

I recently came across a debate about DevOps job titles: Build Engineer, Release Engineer, DevOps Engineer, Site Reliability Engineer and Cloud Platform Engineer. What do they actually mean in terms of responsibilities and technical skills? How did they come into the picture over the last couple of years?

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Technology, Liferay, Testing

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Liferay QA Automation: tips & tricks

18.10.2018

Since I started working for Worth over a year ago, I’ve been involved in the QA process for multiple Liferay DXP projects. Because Liferay has its own unique challenges for test automation, I wanted to share a few of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

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Technology, Security

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Part II: Security in the Design Phase

09.10.2018

Security is important in every stage of your project. From the Discovery Phase to the Deployment Phase, and everything in between. This post focuses on the second project phase: Design.

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Scrum & Agile

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Scaling agile with 5 action points

04.10.2018

How do you scale agile across an organisation? This question prompted me to take the Scrum@Scale course with Jeff Sutherland, read articles and cases about scaling with scrum, and attend Agile Amsterdam for which the theme was “Agile At Scale”.

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Typescript, React, Javascript, Technology

React & Typescript: The perfect toolbox

20.09.2018

Roughly 5 years ago, two remarkable ideas for web development were born in the JavaScript ecosystem. One was the React Library which was built by Facebook developers, trying to solve many problems that existed with building web user interfaces. The other, was Typescript, a JavaScript transpiler built by Microsoft.

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Meet the Worthies

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Technical Lead Gerald

13.09.2018

Here's an interview with Gerald De Jong, our Technical Lead based in The Hague, NL.

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User Experience, Design Sprints

Integrating Design Sprints into GDS phases

30.08.2018

Ways in which Design Sprints can integrate into the GDS agile delivery phases. Examples are provided of how we have done this here at WORTH.

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Technology, Smart home, IOT

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Smart Home Lessons Learned and the Future of the Internet of Things

27.08.2018

Whilst your smart system is providing value for your family, business or city, integrated additions will provide both the agility to respond to changing technologies and possibilities, as well as a more sustainable smart system for long term benefit.

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Events

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5 Tips For Surviving a Security Conference

13.07.2018

The security team at WORTH recently attended the annual OWASP Appsec Europe event in Europe. When planning to attend this event next year, keep the following tips in mind:

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Design Thinking, User Experience

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Design Thinking for Non-Designers

06.07.2018

Design is more than a department that deals with just aesthetics (how things look). At its core, it is the principle of problem seeking and problem solving, with the intention of a product, service, process or a form of communication, enhancing a person’s experience.

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UI, User Experience

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Scannability: A case for uppercase

29.06.2018

In this article, I pin-point important reasons in favour of using uppercase characters in UI design and describe how these should be applied.

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Security, Compliance, Technology

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PART I: SECURITY IN THE DISCOVERY PHASE

15.06.2018

Security is important in every stage of your project. From the Discovery Phase to the deployment phase, and everything in between. This post will focus on the first project phase: Discovery.

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Security, Agile, Technology

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Introduction: Our Agile Security Journey

31.05.2018

Welcome to: "Our Agile Security Journey". Wouter de Meijer, Ernout van der Waard and Bryan Soman have put together a security blog series to guide you in your decision-making. First up: Our Agile Security Journey.

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Meet the Worthies

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Head of Finance Gerben

20.03.2018

Here's an interview with Gerben, our Head of Finance based in The Hague, NL.

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IT SUPPORT ENGINEER DAVE

13.03.2018

Here's an interview with Dave, our IT Support Engineer based in The Hague, NL.

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Devops, Meet the Worthies

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DEVOPS ENGINEER CRISTIAN

06.03.2018

Here's an interview with Cristian, one of our DevOps Engineers based in The Hague, NL.

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Meet the Worthies, Frontend Development

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Front End Developer Brent

27.02.2018

Here's an interview with Brent de Kok, one of our Front End Developers based in The Hague, NL.

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Meet the Worthies, Testing

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Tester Ramon

20.02.2018

Here's an interview with Ramon Silva, one of our Testers based in The Hague, NL.

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Scrum Master Marian

13.02.2018

Here's an interview with Marian Maas, one of our Scrum Masters based in The Hague, NL.

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Meet the Worthies, Backend Development

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Software Engineer Andrea

05.02.2018

Here's an interview with Andrea María De La Cruz Flores, one of our Software Engineers based in The Hague, NL.

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Meet the Worthies, User Experience

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UX Designer Varun

03.01.2018

Here's an interview with Varun Phull, one of our UX Designers based in Reading, UK.

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design research, User Experience

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Humanising Technology

21.11.2017

Numerous lists of user stories are transformed into long streams of ones and zeros. But there is so much time and effort put in the system, that they forget one little tiny piece of the puzzle...the user.

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Government, Scrum & Agile

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THINK 'AGILE GOVERNMENT PROJECT' IS A PARADOX?

07.11.2017

WORTH Scrum Master Marian Maas dispels all fears in her Liferay Digital Solutions Forum Roundtable.

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Agile Development, Scrum & Agile

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Agile Development Under Fire

02.06.2017

Recently my colleague Nuno shared a talk by Dave Thomas with the tantalizing title “Agile is dead”. My initial response was one of slight annoyance being trolled with another agile bashing click bait video. I watched it all the way through with a sense of deja-vu, then it hit me. I had seen it before!