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Consultancy 101: How to connect a team when you’re not so connected?

November 17 | No Comments on Consultancy 101: How to connect a team when you’re not so connected?

Being a consultancy, we have members of our team that work remotely on client site and some who work within our offices based in London and Wales. This can come with a few complications when it comes to company culture, communication, and team unity, or so you would think. We like to think that we try our […]

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What Agile Delivery 2017 taught me about organising a tech conference

October 27 | 1 Comment on What Agile Delivery 2017 taught me about organising a tech conference

So, having been with a tech company for about a year I was now familiar with what to expect from a tech event, having been to a few myself including Cloud and DevOps World at London’s ExCel centre in June. These type of events are relatively simple to organise, you pay a fee to the organiser […]

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SMEs vs The Big Consultancies: Getting What You Pay For – Lessons From Christopher Ward Watches

October 13 | No Comments on SMEs vs The Big Consultancies: Getting What You Pay For – Lessons From Christopher Ward Watches

I run a consultancy which operates within a niche software domain, we are a team of 30+ working to help some of the biggest brands ship better software faster. We have built a good reputation, we price fairly, we value every client from small to large and do a great job that lasts long after […]

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Habits: Approaching Enterprise Transformation like Personal Transformation

October 13 | No Comments on Habits: Approaching Enterprise Transformation like Personal Transformation

My personal transformation (please note; I’m not about to turn into a butterfly) experience over the past year has highlighted some of the reasons why most enterprise IT / Digital / Business transformation programmes don’t work. The majority of my success is down to small habit changes and 1-2-1 coaching aimed at improving parts of […]

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Agile Delivery 2017: Meet the speakers

September 7 | No Comments on Agile Delivery 2017: Meet the speakers

As we countdown to Agile Delivery 2017, we would like to introduce you to our wonderful speakers and their talks!   Nick Brown – Agile Lead @ PwC Nick has previously operated as a ScrumMaster for teams within PwC and as a ScrumMaster for Royal Mail on their Digital programme. Rather than focusing on a […]

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More names added to this year’s line-up and grab half price tickets!

August 25 | No Comments on More names added to this year’s line-up and grab half price tickets!

As we draw closer to this year’s Agile Delivery Conference, we are pleased to announce a new speaker and sponsor to this year’s line-up! Welcome, Ben Lidgey, Head of Development at Companies House! Ben has over 20 years experience in the delivery of large scale and business critical projects and products with internal, external and […]

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Sometimes there comes a time to divide and conquer…

August 1 | No Comments on Sometimes there comes a time to divide and conquer…

In 2014, MagenTys made the bold move to set up in Perth, supporting one of the original founders Hamish in his desire to move back to Australia. Whilst it wasn’t first on the list of global tech hubs, it turned out to be a smart move. Hamish landed as a lone soldier and rapidly created […]

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Don’t miss ‘Kick-start BDD for your organisation’ webinar!

July 25 | No Comments on Don’t miss ‘Kick-start BDD for your organisation’ webinar!

QASymphony and MagenTys have partnered together to bring you a free webinar on the top tips for starting BDD in your organisation. If you are doing BDD or thinking about starting this growing methodology, you won’t want to miss out on this session. Join us on August 2nd, at 2:00 pm and let Mike Scott of […]

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Join us for our Quickstart Bootcamp!

July 25 | No Comments on Join us for our Quickstart Bootcamp!

Join our expert trainers and mentors for a 3-day intense hands-on boot camp to help you build the foundations for shipping better software, faster. This course is primarily aimed at Testers and Developers who want to get going with BDD (Behaviour Driven Development), Test Automation and JIRA, however, it is also suitable for others such […]

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More speakers & sponsors announced for Agile Delivery 2017!

July 25 | No Comments on More speakers & sponsors announced for Agile Delivery 2017!

MagenTys are excited to announce that we have added some great names to the already solid line-up of speakers for Agile Delivery 2017! Firstly, we welcome Jenny Martin, consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach specialising in agile delivery, quality improvement and innovation games. Jenny believes that great teams are built on collaboration, shared responsibility and by embracing individuality […]

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Update for Agile Delivery 2017

July 19 | No Comments on Update for Agile Delivery 2017

MagenTys are excited to announce that we have our first confirmed speakers and sponsor for Agile Delivery 2017! Having already been thrilled for months at the prospect of our forthcoming event, we are delighted to introduce our confirmed speakers and sponsor. Firstly, we are privileged to welcome Paul Clark, CTO of Tandem Bank. Paul has worked in digital […]

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We’re exhibiting at the Digital Festival in Cardiff

July 11 | No Comments on We’re exhibiting at the Digital Festival in Cardiff

MagenTys are thrilled to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Digital Festival at Tramshed Tech in Cardiff from 18th-19th September 2017. Drop by and find out what we do for companies like M&S, UK Gov, UsTwo, L&G, Dunelm, Aldermore and many more. Digital Festival will bring together the industries leading innovators and investors […]

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Agile Delivery 2017 is coming!

July 4 | No Comments on Agile Delivery 2017 is coming!

In its second year, Agile Delivery is the flagship event of 2017 for the software industry focusing on by example case studies and trending topics in Agile, Automation and DevOps for Retail, Finance, Government and Digital sectors. This one-day conference will take place on October 18th at The Crypt on the Green in Farringdon. Agile […]

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BDD and Agile Workshop with Adventures with Agile

June 29 | No Comments on BDD and Agile Workshop with Adventures with Agile

To kick-off our partnership with Adventures with Agile, we co-delivered a hands-on full day workshop on Agile and BDD at Headspace in Farringdon, London. After an injection of coffee and some pastries to start the day off right, Mike Scott, Principal Consultant at MagenTys, began the first workshop of the day. The main topic for […]

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MagenTys have arrived in Wales

June 28 | No Comments on MagenTys have arrived in Wales

  MagenTys have achieved accelerated growth in head count and revenues over the past 12 months, working on some great projects across BDD, Test Automation and DevOps engineering. This growth is enabling us to invest in new areas and our key strategic initiative for 2017 is our expansion into Cardiff. For the past 2 years […]

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Effective BDD Example Mapping Sessions

June 5 | No Comments on Effective BDD Example Mapping Sessions

  Effective Example Mapping Sessions Example Mapping is an effective technique for achieving a focused discussion around a User Story.  However, holding effective example mapping sessions takes experience to master.  When coaching teams new to example mapping, I have found that they can often struggle in the beginning; leading to discussion wandering and meetings dragging […]

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Special price on Atlassian Assessments!

May 22 | No Comments on Special price on Atlassian Assessments!

Over 50% Off our 3 and 5-day Atlassian Assessments   For a limited time only we are offering our Atlassian assessments at a special price, these include a 1-2-1 consultation by one of our Atlassian experts as well as practical guidance on the Atlassian suite.         Not sure what package is best […]

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Come see us at Cloud & DevOps World and win a free DevOps assessment!

May 18 | No Comments on Come see us at Cloud & DevOps World and win a free DevOps assessment!

Come see us at our stand located right near Networking Bar B, at stand number CL504. Find out how MagenTys can help you and how we helped companies like M&S, UK Gov, UsTwo, L&G, Dunelm, Aldermore and much more. Also, find out how you can win a free DevOps assessment! Part of TechXLR8, London Tech […]

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We’re Exhibiting at TEST Focus Groups 2017!

March 14 | No Comments on We’re Exhibiting at TEST Focus Groups 2017!

MagenTys are delighted to announce that we are exhibiting at TEST Focus Groups 2016 which will take place at Park Inn by Radisson by London Heathrow on 21st March 2017. Come find out what we do for companies like M&S, UK Gov, UsTwo, L&G, Dunelm, Aldermore and much more. The TEST Focus Groups is a […]

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“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.”

March 9 | No Comments on “If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.”

“I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have […]

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Tash’s Atlassian exam success

March 7 | No Comments on Tash’s Atlassian exam success

Congratulations to Sm “Tash” Tahsin for being one of the first people in the world to pass Atlassian’s Agile Development with JIRA Software Exam!   If you have any questions or like to find out how we can help you with Atlassian’s suite of products, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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OKR Framework for goal setting

February 24 | No Comments on OKR Framework for goal setting

Companies have been setting goals for a long time. Even before the management discipline came about, there were various ways organisations put together a strategy to achieve their vision. After Peter Drucker pioneered the Scientific Management, approach to goal setting has evolved along with the market landscapes. While Management by objectives (MBO) has been used […]

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Is it time to improve your ITSM?

February 23 | No Comments on Is it time to improve your ITSM?

Let’s starts with a simple question. Are your IT services really working? You might say, “Yes they’re working great for us! We have a ticketing system that is hooked up to our website, where the customer can raise issues directly!”Perhaps you’re using emails as your main communication channel with clients, and an internal messaging app […]

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JOIN US AT ATLASSIAN APPROACH TO ITSM

February 21 | No Comments on JOIN US AT ATLASSIAN APPROACH TO ITSM

  After the success of our previous Atlassian event back in November 2016, MagenTys are delighted to announce our next FREE event ‘Atlassian Approach to IT service management’ in London on Wednesday 29th March 2017. This event will take place at Headspace event studio in Farringdon and will be a mixture of discussions and a hands-on […]

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The Value of being faster

February 15 | No Comments on The Value of being faster

There is a common ‘wisdom’ these days that software development should move faster. From agile to continuous delivery and DevOps, everything is about the need for speed. But many people struggle to understand the benefits of ‘faster’. At a gut level people believe that the faster they go the more they are able to do. […]

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The value of being faster

February 15 | No Comments on The value of being faster

There is a common ‘wisdom’ these days that software development should move faster. From agile to continuous delivery and DevOps, everything is about the need for speed. But many people struggle to understand the benefits of ‘faster’. At a gut level people believe that the faster they go the more they are able to do. […]

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The Tech dummy diaries: Bug Vs. Defect

February 9 | No Comments on The Tech dummy diaries: Bug Vs. Defect

Let me start off with this, I am a tech dummy, when I hear the word ‘bug’ my first thought is “where?” and “Can I squish it?”. Now I am surrounded by the term and not because I found myself working for a very busy pest control centre. I am a marketing executive for a […]

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We’re sponsoring ProgsCon 2017!

February 7 | No Comments on We’re sponsoring ProgsCon 2017!

MagenTys are delighted to announce that we are sponsoring ProgSCon 2017 which will take place at Skills Matter event space: Code Node in London on Friday, 28 April. Come see us to find out what we do for companies like M&S, UK Gov, UsTwo, L&G, Dunelm, Aldermore and many more. ProgSCon will explore trends such […]

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MagenTys awarded government supplier status

February 3 | No Comments on MagenTys awarded government supplier status

MagenTys have been accepted to retain our status on the Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS), a Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework for suppliers of teams (Outcomes) and individuals (Specialists) for the UK public sector. Digital Outcomes and Specialists is part of the Digital Marketplace, a solution that public sector organisations use to find digital and […]

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BDD Kickstart in Sydney

February 3 | No Comments on BDD Kickstart in Sydney

My name is Anthony and I am a Test Manager. In November 2016 I attended a BDD (Behavior Driven Development) workshop in Sydney because I wanted to get a fresh perspective on how testing can work within an agile project. On the surface, BDD seemed like the answer to a recurring problem that I have […]

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We’re exhibiting at Cloud & DevOps World

January 26 | No Comments on We’re exhibiting at Cloud & DevOps World

MagenTys are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at Cloud & DevOps World at London’s ExCel Centre from 13th-15th June. Come see us to find out what we do for companies like M&S, UK Gov, UsTwo, L&G, Dunelm, Aldermore and many more. Part of TechXLR8, London Tech Week’s Festival of Technology, Cloud & […]

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Managing your time with stretch objectives

January 6 | No Comments on Managing your time with stretch objectives

MagenTys is a fast growing company with ambitions to become the number 1 ‘real’ digital transformation company. However, with this fast organic growth in headcount and revenues plus capability building across our Agile, DevOps (Automation) and Atlassian practices, the management team need to be on the ball with day-to-day operations, goals and values of the […]

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Introducing Infrastructure Mapping

December 21 | No Comments on Introducing Infrastructure Mapping

If it looks like you have seen this article somewhere before, that is not accidental.  They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (or maybe it just lacks imagination). We have been using Example Mapping, developed by Matt Wynne, for some time now to develop our BDD stories and it’s a really effective technique […]

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Submodules in Git

December 14 | No Comments on Submodules in Git

When your project gets complicated, it makes sense to split it up into manageable chunks.  Git supports this process using submodules.   When you create a reference to a submodule within your repository, you actually include a reference to a specific commit.  If the repository you are referencing is updated, those changes aren’t automatically reflected […]

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Docker Windows Internal

December 7 | No Comments on Docker Windows Internal

  In Windows Server 2016, which was released on Oct 12, 2016 Microsoft released the native windows support for Containers. It’s better to be late than never. The installer for Docker for Windows can be found here https://download.docker.com/win/stable/InstallDocker.msi You can start windows container either in Windows Server moder or Hyper-V mode. Images created in one […]

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Why and How To Do Unit Testing?

November 30 | No Comments on Why and How To Do Unit Testing?

If you’re reading this article, you’re most likely a developer, may even be a BDD one. You may find it interesting if your unit tests take a lot of time to execute, or if you’re trying to find out why TDD and BDD are suddenly becoming  hot topics. But in particular, I’m going to talk […]

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Opinionated Devops to build better systems

June 29 | No Comments on Opinionated Devops to build better systems

There is an increasing trend for opinionated tools and APIs.  The designers have a clear idea on the “correct” way to solve a problem, building on established good practice.  They make it easy to follow their guidelines. By design the tools/APIs may be limited in certain areas or make it difficult to stray from the […]

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Mission Pattern: Let’s Create Fluent Automation APIs

May 19 | No Comments on Mission Pattern: Let’s Create Fluent Automation APIs

The Need for Fluent APIs ‘Automation, automation, automation’. It seems to be one of the prevailing mottos of most agile projects I worked for. And rightly so, it makes perfect sense in the era of software and web revolution for us developers to write software that tests software. At the same time, automation brings a […]

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Don’t be a software developer, be a software craftsman!

April 12 | No Comments on Don’t be a software developer, be a software craftsman!

I lied. In my last post, I wrote about how we’re all software developers. Well, that’s a start, for sure. And a good one. If everybody in the team thinks of themselves as part of software development then you’ll be on track to build something efficiently as opposed to building it first and testing it […]

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We’re all software developers

March 29 | No Comments on We’re all software developers

OK, maybe not all of us. My house keeper isn’t a software developer. At least I don’t think she is. And my cat Stewie isn’t. But this post is aimed at Business Analysts and, in particular, Testers. In fact, anyone involved in your team should view themselves this way when they’re working with the team. […]

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