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New roles in product-based software solutions

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 27th June 2018.5 min read

Investigation

Many software development firms pride themselves in being able to tackle almost any software task. They elicit requirements, or build prototypes, and code databases, business logic, algorithms and user interfaces without any particular market or industry focus. Others productise. Over time they standardise and focus. But what new jobs are needed to make this happen?

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Inaction is costly! Return to Work Plans Are Free

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 9th May 2017.8 min read

Support

It’s not always easy to know what to do when someone goes off sick. How long do you wait until you speak to them? Can you make decisions when they are off sick? Can you contact them? So many questions!

One thing that is certain – the longer you wait to deal with sickness absence , the harder it becomes. Find out what you should do, and when.

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Opportunity favours the prepared manager

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 16th June 2018.6 min read

Lion

Realising strategy is not planning exactly what to do – because beyond a few short sprints, you don’t know. It’s about developing a purpose, a broad strategy, a trajectory, and from this, a plan of the capability to be realised. Then you’re ready for almost anything.

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Teams are overrated

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 10th July 2018.8 min read

Software Team

Many managers talk synonymously about groups and teams. There’s a huge difference in the manager and member energy needed to build and sustain each and so definitions are essential. In reality, few firms need teams. But every manager needs groups. Here, we discuss the benefits of each.

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Do I need to provide a reference for an ex-employee

ArticleWritten by Sue Berry on 10th May 2017.4 min read

Support

There is no statutory or moral requirement upon an employer to provide a reference for a former employee. The exceptions are where the former employer has expressly agreed with the employee that a reference will be given as part of their negotiated exit conditions. Sometimes also there can be an implied contractual term that a reference will be given. The principles also apply where the manager is receiving a reference.

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Achieving the four-day working week

OpinionWritten by John Berry on 20th November 2018.6 min read

andreas-klassen-401337-unsplash Productivity

The issue is not if a four-day week would be beneficial to the nation and to its people. That argument’s been made and there are plenty of examples of how well it works. The issue is that our firms are incapable of reducing the working week because shareholders aren’t in it for the long term. And our employees aren’t prepared to earn less or invest in themselves either. It's impasse - but here's an action plan.

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