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Planning UX can become a balancing act between getting the correct amount of user input within the constraints of a project.

As with most projects, a fundamental is to establish the best use of your time. Also crucial, is to optimise results, within a budget.

If you are interested in choosing the right mix of tools, to optimise UX, within a tight budget, this event might be of interest…

This event will offer a solid introduction to UX, and offer a practical guide / approach to implementing UX; “On a Shoestring”.

One of the perks of working at Morgan McKinley is that we can access regular training; online and classroom. When I received an invite for this week’s training, I couldn’t seem to work it into my schedule. I turned to my colleague and remarked, ‘I’m up to my eyeballs, no time for training’. The training topic was ‘time management’. After recognising the irony in my statement, I went back to my calendar and accepted the invitation!

The training was based around Steven Covey’s book; “’The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People’ (read it!).

One challenge in my job is that I can get distracted with various tasks that require my attention. If you are like I was, you may not feel content to leave the office until you respond to all queries. For me, there’s nothing worse then getting home, putting the feet up and suddenly remembering that you have forgotten to respond to a key client or candidate.

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot”

Michael Altshuler
Time management matrix
Covey proposes a Time Management Matrix. He suggests that it is an illusion to think that, if you were to complete all of your duties, you would have a better peace of mind. The logic here is, you will never get everything done, so direct your attention at the most important things.

Covey suggests breaking tasks in to four quadrants:

  • Quadrant 1 – Urgent and important
  • Quadrant 2 – Not urgent but important
  • Quadrant 3 – Not important but urgent
  • Quadrant 4 – Not important and not urgent
Don’t be the “busy fool” of your office
The highest performing person in a team may not be the person who is ‘first in, last out’. I look around my office, I can see that all of my colleagues are busy. I also notice that the best consultants make strong use of their time. They have goals; are able to prioritise; they know what the most important tasks are; and they give a lot of effort.
Time management for job seekers
I speak with hiring managers every day and help them draw up job specifications. Almost every job specification I have seen includes the words ‘time management’. As such, the responsibility falls on you to adequately demonstrate time management on your CV, in your interview and in your every day life.
Effective time management sets apart those who do good work and those who really excel. It also plays a hand in how much you enjoy your work; feel fulfilled and keep yourself motivated. This applies right across the board, no matter who you are or what sector you work in.
Four steps to improved time management:
  • Brainstorm – What are your goals? What are you trying to achieve with your time and with your life?
  • Write down a “to do” list and enter them into the matrix
  • Focus your attention on Quadrant One and Two
  • Watch the below video:

 

 

Are you an Engineer or Tester involved in a Development project? Maybe you are a Project/Development/Process/Delivery Manager or a Business Analyst eager to improve project efficiency and deliverables? Perhaps you are a Business exec whom has an IT project on the horizon? This will help…

Morgan McKinley are working with clients of all shapes and sizes, working on all manner of IT projects. Our clients include the best high tech start ups, progressive SME’s and Multinationals across every Industry.

IT Projects

When it comes to IT projects in general, irrespective of the size of the company, they will be faced with unique challenges. Whilst larger companies may have larger budgets and boast more expertise, its size may also hinder as they often find themselves more rigid towards defined processes and change. Yet, sometimes smaller more nimble operations manage to punch well above their weight.

The reasons are many, too many to discuss, but it is a fact that IT projects in general have a high failure rate. You will find countless academic and commercial papers on the topic. Development programmes are far from exempt from failure.

When our Clients announce a development project, its often not just developers they will need. These days, enterprise projects are so complex that they will need Programme/Project Managers, Architects, Tech Analysts, Developers, Testers, the list goes on…

Methodologies

Due to the strategic importance of such projects, companies are keen to deliver successful results. In a bid to succeed, they often seek out methodologies; to follow a set of processes, standards, policies and techniques.

Throughout the years, a number of system/software development life cycle (SDLC) models have been tried and tested, for example: waterfall, fountain, spiral, build and fix, incremental, rapid prototyping, synchronize and stabilize.

After mixed results, companies today are looking towards methodologies which will adapt to their specific environment…

Introducing Agile…

Agile methods derive much of their agility by relying on the tacit knowledge embodied in the team, rather than writing the knowledge down in plans.”

                                                              ~ Barry Boehm

Agile methodologies call for a creative process that realises the importance of flexibility. Unlike others (including Waterfall), it is not heavily document driven. Those whom use Agile will seek to apply a level of pragmatism into the delivery of the project. For development projects, Agile practitioners aim to keep code simple, test often, and will deliver segments as soon as they are ready.

Probably the most significant change between Agile methodologies and others (most notably Waterfall) is that Agile does not adopt distinct project phases (gateways / checkpoints), upon which deliverables must be met, in order to proceed. Instead, Agile uses small teams to work in iterations, the output of which will be operational code which can be utilized to evaluate and answer always changing user requirements.

Popular Agile Methodologies include; Scrum, XP, RAD and RUP.

Free Event

If this has peeked your interest, I would highly recommend attending the upcoming event; Agile Environments Management Talk in Dublin with SoftTest Ireland, this Thursday (19/07/12), from 18:30 – 20:00. Organised by the Irish Computer Society, and delivered by Subhendu Mohapatra, Senior Consultant at Bearingpoint, it is set to be an excellent event.

Why Should you Attend?

  • Because Agile is not solely for small co-located teams. It is not just for green-field projects. Multinational companies across the world are championing Agile.
  • Don’t be scared off by talk of transformational change. Instead, think; how can you apply agile principles to what is done already, so as to work more efficiently. After all, Agile can be viewed as a philosophy; Think and act Agile.
  • Agile can deliver excellent results, where other methodologies have failed. Failed IT projects are very costly.
  • Besides the quality content, and the free tea and biscuits, ICS events are well frequented and offer an opportunity to extend your network. Don’t forget your business cards.

For any IT Recruitment queries, please don’t hesitate in contacting me on T: +353(0)1 432 1555 or E: dboland@morganmckinley.ie

Like many Industries, the global recruitment industry, has witnessed a mix of fortunes over the last decade. The Global economic crisis led to a general decline in demand for recruitment services.

In Ireland, agencies such as; Morgan McKinley are under increasing pressure to perform well in order to keep up with customer demands. The bargaining power of clients has risen significantly. They will not and should not settle for anything less than the highest calibre candidate.

In response, agencies reacted by offering improved service. Such an improved service may include e.g; higher ratio of candidate hires/candidate submittals and a more consultative approach to recruitment.

Especially in light of poor economic conditions, clients may now place additional emphasis on making the right hiring decisions. The recruitment process is becoming more focused, with agencies now adding value through; sourcing, vetting and interviewing.

Against this economic backdrop and despite wide spread recruitment freezes and significant job shedding, Morgan McKinley still achieves exceptional growth rates. They (we :)) are rising to the challenge, by providing clients with a high-quality service based on strong, deep and trusted relationships. This is proof that the company is a highly entrepreneurial one, with strong growth instincts even in the harshest of markets.

The Recruitment Industry is especially competitive. This said, it appears that post-celtic tiger, the number of recruitment agencies in Ireland has decreased significantly. According to the National Recruitment Federation (NRF), in 2008 there were approximately 650, where as in 2011 there exists 340 registered recruitment businesses here.

There are many likely reasons for this. The most obvious is that of companies hiring procedures; a general decline in new jobs. As vacancies fell, the pressure on agencies increased as they competed for the same jobs. Additional pressure was exerted on fees also.

The result was the gradual weeding out of recruitment agencies. It appears that of those whom fell by the wayside where the more opportunistic high-volume agencies.

I believe the fact that Morgan McKinley (IT Division) is segmented into multiple verticles, allows them (us) to operate as a sector specialist. This plays a major part in its continued growth. Furthermore, it is a specialist in a very attractive area; IT / Computers.

IT, of course, has the added benefit of being one of the few areas where there is job creation in this country. Ireland, for instance, has prospered in ICT markets. A simple indication of this can be seen in the Foreign Direct Investment by companies such as Paypal, Ebay, Google, Facebook, Zynga and LinkedIn. This sector alone employs over 70,000 people in Ireland.

Furthermore, according to Enterprise Ireland, the Irish software sector is rapidly expanding, growing by almost 10% in the last year alone. They say; to sustain this growth and meet demand, more than 600 companies in Ireland are currently hiring. This is mirrored in business activity in Ireland. In the first half of this year, Morgan McKinley successfully placed over 250 IT professionals in jobs across Ireland. Silicon Republic reported a 172% increase in IT Jobs, in Ireland, over the last 12 months.

The fact that Morgan McKinley (IT Division) is segmented into multiple verticals, allows them (us) to operate as a sector specialist. I believe this plays a major part in its continued growth. Furthermore, it is a specialist in a very attractive area; IT / Computers.

However, despite Irelands success at growing a knowledge and skills based economy there still exists many difficulties in hiring skilled workers in certain niche IT / Computer divisions.

The direct result of the lack of specialised technological expertise amongst our workforce was noted in last weeks Newspapers. A County Monaghan based technology company which develops software for Microsoft was unable to fill fifty new positions because of the lack of relevant skill sets amongst applicants. As a result these jobs are going to be outsourced. Although in a period of high unemployment and economic demise; Ireland don’t have an abundance of  the “right people” to fill these much needed vacancies.

There exists a large number of professionals whom remain out of work, adding to the pool of candidates for available positions,  yet this doesn’t necessarily make the recruitment process any easier. Even where the market is flooded with candidates, a company and even a Morgan McKinley Consultant may struggle to present a panel of excellent candidates. In reality, many of the people that most clients want to hire are still in employment and it is harder now than previously to tempt them away from their current positions, especially for non-permanent positions.

Sector specialists like Morgan McKinley’s IT Division hold a distinct advantage over their multi-sector counterparts. I feel it is the very traits of Morgan McKinley, their  deep client relationships and specialist knowledge, that have contributed to high levels of service, that in turn have driven growth.

I believe that the more a particular agency know of a market, the more they are able to add value to that market. This would go hand-in-hand with a search methodology that includes short listing, candidate profiling, and in-depth market research, performed by excellent staff.

By specialising in the .Net market, whilst remaining particularly knowledgeable across all IT sectors, I will excel in finding the right candidate for the right client, and vica versa.

If you are a company interested in hiring .NET specialist, or an individual open to exciting opportunities feel free to contact Dara @ dboland@premiergp.com or +353 (0) 1 4321 555