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This is a counterpart to my talk at Rail Girls London 7 and blog post on recruitment from the candidate side. I’m writing the notes down so I don’t forget them next time I’m in the same situation.

Last year I found myself running recruitment for the development team. It was very much a learning process. Having only helped out in a few interviews in the past. My biggest takeaway, even to do an average job requires a good deal of work. I still have a huge amount to learn.

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Building Products With Kent Beck

I went north up to Euston to Facebook London to hear Mike Perrow and Kent Beck talk about building products.

Mike kicked things off, talking about building and shipping Workplace. The most interesting part was using the War room model when they launched.

The main talk was Kent Beck. Talking about 3X: Explore/Expand/Extract. Covering the shifting risk profile of software product development as products mature.

Kent Beck: 3X
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Ada Lovelace Day – Thayer Prime

Entrepreneurs and startups seem to be our new heroes but most of the people you read about are male. This is especially true of CEO’s and other senior managers. Much better informed people than me have written about why this is a problem and how we can go about fixing it.

I thought it would be worth highlighting one of the women in a senior position that have inspired me, Thayer Prime, who beside having just the best name, is currently CEO and founder of Team Prime and Primed.is.

She started in technology as a developer but moved on to running multiple successful startups, helped many well-known company’s and organisations. In addition to all that she has also run a wonderful conference, some very enjoyable christmas parties and mentored people new to the London tech scene. She managed to find the time to ran a marathon.

One of the biggest thing that continues to inspire me, is the way she does business differently, giving to charity via her company, not working all hours, spending time with her family. More people should follow her example