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Networking, Small Talk and Being Out of Your Comfort Zone

I’m Ally – Head of Talent at 101 Ways – and I have a fear of small talk. That might be surprising to hear considering I get paid to talk for a living and often have to call people I’ve never spoken to before. But when I admit to people that I dread networking events, even with almost a decade’s

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React Native: What are the 5 Key Learnings of the Framework?

React Native is a framework for building cross-platform mobile apps using the JavaScript library, React. It was publicly released by Facebook in 2015 and has become hugely popular since. I’ve been a senior developer for a number of years and working with React Native from late 2015. In that time, I’ve built several apps using the technology and identified a

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Why are we so afraid of change and how can we manage it?

Whether your company is big or small, the change transitional or transformational, change is challenging and although, can lead to great success, getting there may not be easy. The Change Curve designed by Dr Elizabeth Kubler-Ross in her book On Death and Dying, is a good way of understanding the psychology of change both personally and professionally: So why do

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Interning at 101 Ways: On the Code to Success

It’s summer, it’s hot – you’d be forgiven for wanting to spend every waking hour next to a fan / water fountain / igloo. But one young woman, shunned the sun and braved the Northern Line every day just to join us at HQ for a week and find out what it’s really like to be a 101-er. Here she

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Will Low-Code Replace Developers?

Low-code development platforms (LCDPs) – a term first coined by research firm Forrester in 2014 – provide an environment for programmers to create application software through graphical user interfaces and configuration – like drag and drop – over traditional computer programming, which can often require millions of lines of code. The platforms’ capabilities ‘enable rapid delivery of business applications with

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Why Consultants have a Unique Advantage

As someone who believes wholeheartedly in the concept of consulting (I do run a consultancy after all!), I have often found myself wondering what it is that consultants bring to the table. After some reflection, I think there are a number of advantages that can be very impactful when consultants are utilised in the right way, which actually saves time

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WebAssembly, is it really the future?

Recently, I’ve been talking at some events about WebAssembly during which I was a bit hard on JavaScript. I admitted that I’ve never been a fan, and believe that JavaScript is a broken language. The  problems with JavaScript are well-known, but there are only two things you can possibly do about it:  Eliminate those problems from the language; or  Avoid

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How to be a Protagonist and Use Your Leadership Skills to Help Others

At our last Women’s Tech Focus event – WTF is…Leadership? we had the first person outside of 101 Ways take part in our WTF Standup initiative. That brave woman was Aj Wilson – QA Engineer, unicorn and all-round champion of women. Oh, and did we mention she can also deliver babies? Her talk focused on leadership and how you can

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What Peter Andre Taught Me About My Anxiety

I’ve suffered with anxiety throughout most of my life, but it wasn’t until a decade ago that I even knew that’s what it was. And oddly, I have Peter Andre to thank for that. While it would be fair to assume that another chart comeback post-Insania / A Whole New World remake is enough to cause nightmares, it wasn’t that.

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How to break the internet with Shor's Algorithm

Note: Thanks to minutephysics for the primer that allowed me to make this article and for making it a lot easier for me to learn about this. Having started the journey of learning as much as I can about quantum computing, I decided that the next step is to try and gain an understanding of something practical. There has been

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Scrum, Data and the Journey to Awesome

I’m on one of our client sites to meet Sonny Lam: Data Explorer, Scrum Master and lounge wear extraordinaire. While I like my interviewees to feel relaxed, I’ll admit this is the first time I’ve ever questioned someone wearing slippers, and Pokémon ones at that. But whatever gets the job done, right? I had promised to bring custard creams, but

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Management, Anxiety and Feeling Like an Imposter

My mother calls me several times during the day and when I answer it’s usually to tell me about the latest Duchess of Sussex gossip or something silly my brother has done. And yet every time I have to say the same thing: “Mum, I’m at work, I can’t talk now”. I guess it’s funny for our parents to think

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