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Let OfferZen's podcast host, Jomiro, keep you up-to-date with our latest tech insights, career hacks, and hiring tips all in audio-form! :D
With concrete advice, rooted in data and real-life personal experiences, you'll walk away from every episode with new lessons you can share with your team, your manager, your colleague, or even your rubberduck! ;D 

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If you love our blog, but don't have time to read - we'll read it for you! :D


Let OfferZen's podcast host, Jomiro, keep you up-to-date with our latest tech insights, career hacks, and hiring tips all in audio-form! :D
With concrete advice, rooted in data and real-life personal experiences, you'll walk away from every episode with new lessons you can share with your team, your manager, your colleague, or even your rubberduck! ;D 

Listen moar  |  If you enjoy this show, make sure you listen to our other show, OfferZen Audioblogs! :D
Read moar  |  All of our audio content can be found as awesome blog posts too! Woot!
Network moar  |  Community is critical - especially in tech. Check out our events page for meetups and conferences happening in your area! 
Discover moar  |  Whether you're looking for your dream tech job, or want to hire a world-class tech team, give our website a squizz!

    How We’re Setting Our Team Up with Reliable Internet Access for Remote Work

    How We’re Setting Our Team Up with Reliable Internet Access for Remote Work

    By Louise Bailey Tait
    At OfferZen, we’ve been doing remote days once a week for about a year now. Now that remote is likely going to be the new norm, it’s becoming particularly important to help set us up to work productively from home. In the South African context, having reliable access to the internet during load shedding is particularly important. Here are a few things we’ve done to help our team stay online.
    Read the blog post here! (http://bit.ly/2TU9srT)

    • 4 min
    How We’re Briefing Our Team to Be Fully Remote

    How We’re Briefing Our Team to Be Fully Remote

    By Louise Bailey Tait
    As of Tuesday, 17 March 2020, the OfferZen team is going fully remote. Whilst we have tested optional remote days once a week for about a year now, full-time remote work will now indefinitely become the new norm. Because we don’t know how long the situation is going to last, we are making sure our team is well set up.
    Here’s what that looks like.
    Read the blog post here! (http://bit.ly/33mt772)
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    Resources and links mentioned the episode:
    Slack: Team communication and visibility toolMiro: Screen-share alternative and project management toolFocusMate: Accountability and productivity toolBambooHR: Team organisation and contact detailsZoom: Video conferencing tool with cool interactive featuresHelpful articles on our blog about remote workArticle by Andreas Klinger about setting yourself up to win in 'the new normal'Article by Hot Jar about productivity while working remotely

    • 6 min
    How We're Preparing Our Team and Office for COVID-19

    How We're Preparing Our Team and Office for COVID-19

    By Philip Joubert

    The outbreak of COVID-19 and its global economic effects have reached South Africa. Only a few patients have been diagnosed so far, but it’s likely only a matter of time before we see significantly more cases.
    While the impact of COVID-19 may be limited at the moment, we’ve decided to get ahead of the virus and take precautionary steps before they’re required. Our priority is to keep our team safe and ensure that OfferZen doesn’t contribute to the spread of the virus.
    Here’s what we’ve put in place so far.
    Read the blog post here! (http://bit.ly/2W6M8J6)

    • 6 min
    Common Problems During Scrum Adoption And How to Overcome Them

    Common Problems During Scrum Adoption And How to Overcome Them

    By Ridewaan Hanslo
    Scrum and Scrum variants make up for about 70% of today’s Agile methods and practices globally. At the same time, there are still many problems and failures during its adoption and implementation. In this article, I will discuss how to identify and categorise the different problems arising during Scrum adoption according to who they affect and how to overcome them.
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    Resources
    Here are resources Ridewaan suggests to help teams, individuals and organisations overcome these problems:
    Scrum guide: This is the go-to guide for Scrum introduction as it is a vital resource for entry-level Scrum certifications. This document is written by the “founding fathers” of the Scrum Agile Methodology, namely; Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland.Scrum - A pocket guide: A good short book to read for anyone who wants to get a basic understanding of Scrum. It’s written as concise and complete as possible.The state of Agile annual report: The largest and longest running survey on Agile, in the world! View the latest 12th annual report, which discusses the benefits of Agile adoption, Agile methods and practices, Top 5 Agile techniques, Agile project management tools, to name just a few.Other sources that you can take advantage of include joining local communities like SUGSA (Scrum User Group South Africa), and keeping up-to-date with the annual Agile Africa Conference proceedings which attract industry experts to speak about their experiences.

    Read the blog post here!

    • 14 min
    Using Cloud Native to Reduce Complexity

    Using Cloud Native to Reduce Complexity

    DigsConnect is a small tech startup that helps students find affordable student accommodation with minimum mindshare. This means they work with sensitive personal data, from students to institutions, and need quick experimentation to accommodate each customer’s specific issues and needs as they arise. Brendan Ardagh, DigsConnect’s CTO and co-founder, says that rapid-prototyping on cloud native gave his team the ability to handle data securely, and run experimentation quickly and safely.

    Read the blog post here!

    • 10 min
    How I Maximised Efficiency to Avoid Working Overtime

    How I Maximised Efficiency to Avoid Working Overtime

    By Shalina Naicker
    It has become common practice for IT professionals to work long hours in order to meet demanding deadlines. As my own workload increased, I found that 8 hours was just not enough time to complete all of my tasks and soon working overtime became the norm for me. In an effort to avoid this, and to work more efficiently, I started to reflect on my days to figure out what I could improve. In this article, I will share some of the challenges that reduced my efficiency and the methods that I applied to overcome them.
    Read the blog post here!
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    Resources mentioned in the podcast:
    Trello helped me organize my goals and create checklists for each of them.Reddit offers plenty of funny cat/dog memes to aid with your daily dopamine release.I tried out a few of these techniques from Aubrey Marcus to overcome fatigue.Dr Matthew Walker talks about the impact of sleep on human health and disease in this podcast.Dr Rhonda Patrick and Chris Kresser are my go-to resources for nutrition and health.Music Shalina recommends to help with focus:
    Super Intelligence: Memory Music, Improve Memory and Concentration, Binaural Beats Focus MusicAssassin’s Creed Origins (Full Soundtrack) - Sarah SchachnerMan of Steel Soundtrack Deluxe Edition

    • 12 min

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