Not everyone knows this about me, but when I first left school as a teenager I became a professional musician. I was a singer and bass guitarist, playing covers and gigging five nights a week. It was fun, hard work and gave me more transferable skills than I gave it credit for. I can carry a full band rig of
When I meet David for our interview, he’s extolling the virtues of DIY haircuts to Annie, the office manager. The night before, he’d cut his son’s fringe (“A tangible improvement!”) with the kitchen scissors and was offering to do the same for her in the future, after she’d already spent five of her finest English pounds on getting a trim
On January 2nd, we all bundled back into the office with a smile, a renewed sense of vigour and a lot of coffee. One person walked in with all that and two polo shirts on. That person was our newest recruit – Julian Horwood. A former Google-r (as in ’employed by’, rather than simply ‘user of the search engine like
This past Christmas I decided to stay in London to have some ‘me time’ instead of attempting to travel somewhere with the crowds, the noise, and the hassle. After I finally got bored playing video games and watching Netflix, I decided to do a little research. In typical fashion, instead of learning about something accessible and useful to my everyday
Remember how Beyoncé could help you network? Well according to professional community builder and speaker at our last WTF event Samantha Hepburn, so can the slogans of global sports brands. In terms of excuses, Sam has heard them all, from the clichéd (and mistaken!) ‘I have nothing to offer’ to the more nuanced fears that come with being introverted or anxious.
101 Ways has had an incredible 2018; growing the team to 101 people (and beyond), expanding into The Netherlands and the creation of even more great clubs. As brilliant as it’s been, it’s always worth remembering where it all began. Once upon a time (three years ago to be exact) Kelly Waters met a blue-haired, rock-and-rolling Agile coach called Emma.
The burning question on every CTO’s lips: How do you scale successfully? And who better to answer that question than an expert panel? So at our November CTOZone event we did just that. Leading the charge was Ed Conolly, Group CTO at Ovo Energy, Jon Mullen, Associate Director, Product Engineering Director at Comparethemarket.com and our very own CEO, Kelly Waters. With
Last month we hosted our third and biggest WTF (Women’s Tech Focus) event. Held at the expansive Just Eat head office, we welcomed a whole range of people ready to build confidence, learn how to network and then, actually network. We invited two exceptional speakers to give presentations: Alicia Teagle co-founder of Socially Responsible Recruitment (SR2) and founder of the
The second fantastic member of our Netherlands’ team (and arguably the most smiley), is Sanneke Ringeling. Tasked with managing the 101 Ways brand and communities: IWOMM, WTF, CTOZone and HOP Together, it would be an understatement to say Sanneke has a busy few months ahead of her. Luckily, that also involves at least three Christmas parties for some added Dutch
Networking is one of those buzzwords that doesn’t seem to be losing any traction. And as an activity that has been proven to bolster professional relationships, advance careers and increase job opportunities, that’s probably a good thing. Despite this, it remains about as popular as creepy crawly disposal / annual flu jabs / going to the dentist (sorry to all
A while ago, I collaborated with Allen Holub at the Agile: Principles, Practices and Architecture Workshop during an SDD Deep Dive conference. One thing that arose time and again during our discussions was a shared belief that Agile is both misinterpreted and misused within a lot of companies. It’s something that I continue to see in my role as a
Leadership roles within Product can be quite isolating. Often, you’re expected to have all the answers to every problem thrown at you. Senior product leaders may also find themselves reporting into non-Product-focused people, such as CMOs, CTOs and CEOs So where do senior product leaders go for support? How do they ask for advice when in a situation for the
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