PHP South Coast: A promising start

PHP South Coast: A promising start

This year a new PHP conference was born for the developer community.

PHP South Coast was billed as “a community conference by the sea” and this weekend it made its debut at Action Stations in Portsmouth, a venue literally by the sea.

The organisers found a fantastic location and the line-up was just as good.

Here are some of the highlights.

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Empathy: the difference between product ownership and scope creep

Empathy: the difference between product ownership and scope creep

When practicing Agile, the product owner (PO) role is designed to represent the client business in the development team. From a technical standpoint, the product owner lends focus to the team. From the customer standpoint, the product owner adds an increasing degree of accountability to the day-by-day and to the project as a whole. The product owner is more than critical to the outcome of the project.

Here are some guidelines towards empathising with and building a relationship with your product owner.

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5 simple tips for Scrum masters when starting a new Scrum team

5 simple tips for Scrum masters when starting a new Scrum team

As many companies within the IT industry move away from Waterfall/PRINCE 2 and more towards Agile/Scrum, it can be hard for project managers and Scrum teams to know what the best approaches are for a new Scrum team.

There is a lot of information online that provides information about what Scrum is, what tools are available, and what the Scrum process is. I have worked in the digital/ IT industry as project manager/ business analyst since 2005 and have worked with Scrum since joining Inviqa at the start of February 2014. The transition has been a steep learning curve and in this article I will share some of the practices I have learnt to improve Scrum team efficiency.

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Are you guilty of having an Agile “project”?

Are you guilty of having an Agile “project”?

A lot of insightful experiences of Agile were shared at Inviqa's first networking dinner, mainly about the methodology as a project management approach, and the cultural change required to make Agile ‘work’ outside the realm of IT projects.

But one particular point stuck in my mind.

“I wish,” said one of the participants, “that [other parts of the business] would stop referring to what we do as projects. I wish we could agree on short- and long-term KPIs and work continually to achieve them.”

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Don't say the A-word: The cultural challenges of adopting Agile

Don't say the A-word: The cultural challenges of adopting Agile

Can you make Agile successful without fighting your company's culture? 

Last week, a select group of technical, digital, and marketing professionals from the UK’s leading insurance, publishing and telecoms industries met at an invite-only dinner to discuss the challenges faced by organisations attempting to adopt Agile.

Here's a round-up of the discussion.

 

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From Waterfall to Agile: A guide for Project Managers

From Waterfall to Agile: A guide for Project Managers

As the project management industry moves more towards Agile and SCRUM, it’s easy to feel like you are being left behind.

No matter how alien these methodologies may seem, transitioning from a Waterfall/ PRINCE2 approach doesn’t have to be a monumental change.

This guide aims to help project managers bridge the gap between Waterfall and Agile with practical tips from an experienced PM. 

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Inviqa’s Business Analysts’ top tips to refine your backlog

Inviqa’s Business Analysts’ top tips to refine your backlog

A project backlog is a great way of visualising the features that will deliver prioritised value to the business, but needs constant maintenance to ensure existing and any additional user stories will still provide business benefit at the stage it is planned to be delivered.

Clean up your backlog and get back to building software that matters with these tips from our Business Analysis team.

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PHP UK 2015: Superbikes and diversity

PHP UK 2015: Superbikes and diversity

Phew. We’ve only just recovered from the mammoth celebration and stellar conference that was the 10th PHP UK. And what a show it was.

After thoroughly feasting on some of the best food we’ve ever seen at a conference, Yitzchok Willroth kicked off the schedule with an inspirational talk which had half of the audience itching to contribute to more open source projects and the other half searching for their nearest user group.

Here's a quick round up of the rest of the event's highlights.

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iKOS Digital and The Inviqa Group join forces to deliver elite Drupal expertise across Europe

iKOS Digital and The Inviqa Group join forces to deliver elite Drupal expertise across Europe

The Inviqa Group, a European leader in enterprise web application development, is delighted to welcome iKOS, a specialist Drupal agency, to the group to deliver Drupal expertise to a prestigious roster of new and existing clients.

By bringing together the highly-skilled teams of iKOS and SensioLabs UK, home of the Symfony framework, iKOS will offer unparalleled Drupal expertise to enterprises keen to take advantage of the new Drupal 8 release, which is heavily based on Symfony2.

 

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Inviqa finds harmony in Symfony for MyJobMatcher.com

Inviqa finds harmony in Symfony for MyJobMatcher.com

MyJobMatcher.com’s intelligent matching system was already attracting millions of job seekers, but was quickly reaching performance capacity.

MyJobMatcher.com engaged Inviqa to help it break free of its legacy systems and build a scalable platform that could support its continuous and rapid growth.

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