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Salaries. What a nightmare! Hardly anyone likes talking about money. Technical people don’t like talking about money. Even a lot of sales people don’t like talking about money. When a CTO comes into an organization (even a brand new start-up) one of the first things you need to sort out is the salary quagmire. In this article we look at the strategies and pitfalls of introducing open, capability-based pay levels for a product development team.


A brief introduction to GTD (Getting Things Done)

by Mike Larah

Getting Things Done (GTD) is a workflow designed to increase productivity and decrease stress. In this post, Mike Larah talks about what’s involved with GTD, and what he learned whilst attending a recent course.


So, my time at NDC 2020 has come to an end. But before I make any more general observations, here’s my thoughts on the sessions I saw on day 3. Crash, bang, wallop: miscellaneous lessons from exploring a drum kit On Friday morning, technical interest won out over practical use, and I found myself at […]


Remote working has many benefits. It allows us a huge amount of freedom, especially around managing our personal and professional lives. But alongside these benefits it also brings challenges. When you combine these challenges with certain aspects of mental health it can sometimes be difficult to manage. However, there are also ways in which remote work can enable us to control our environments in a way that would be extremely difficult if working from a conventional office.

We have been a fully remote company now for over two years, and in this post Carmel shares some of her experiences of managing mental health whilst remote working.


So, another packed day at NDC has completed and following on from my day 1 retrospective, here’s a rundown of my day. The State of Vue.js in 2020 I had intended to start the day with Troy Hunt’s “The Internet of pwned things” talk, but changed my mind at the last minute. At endjin, we’re […]


Along with several of my endjin colleagues, I’m attending NDC London this week. Today was day 1, and here’s a run through of the sessions I attended and my thoughts. Hello #ndclondon! pic.twitter.com/m3kO0c7otC — Jonathan George @ #NDCLondon (@jon_george1) January 29, 2020 Keynote The day started with the keynote from Tess Ferrandez-Norlander, titled “We are […]


NDC London day 1 was mainly focused around the responsibility we all face when developing new technology. As developers we cannot absolve ourselves of the consequences of not considering diversity and inclusivity when designing our solutions.


AI for Good Hackathon

by Ian Griffiths

Towards the end of last year, Microsoft invited endjin along to a hackathon session they hosted at the IET in London as part of their AI for Good initiative. I’ve been thinking about the event and the broader work Microsoft is doing here a lot lately, because it gets to the heart of what I love about working in this industry: computers can magnify our power to do to good.


There are many different paths into the tech industry, Carmel has been speaking at some local schools about joining the industry from a scientific background. In this post she discusses the crucial tools which science gives you which can help you succeed in tech!


It’s been an exciting week at endjin! We attended the Computing Rising Star Awards 2019 as both of our current Apprentices were shortlisted; Carmel Eve for Apprentice Engineer of the Year and Ed Freeman as Cloud Apprentice of the Year. They both won! We’re all immensely proud of them and exceptionally happy that they have […]


Here is a blog written by our apprentice Carmel after her second year of the apprenticeship. We think it demonstrates the huge variety of things we get to work on here at endjin, and highlights the best of the blogs that Carmel produced through during the year – of which there were a lot!

If you think an apprenticeship with us is something which might interest you – send a CV through to hello@endjin.com!


Software architecture and Agile project planning are often seen to be at odds. However, here at endjin we think that the way in which they intersect solves a lot of the common issues surrounding architecture. The key to successful architecture is constantly keeping the drivers in mind and having a tight communication loop as the architecture is implemented. These concepts are ones which are key to agile project management, and the combination of these two disciplines can be extremely powerful and successful when applied correctly.


In this post Carmel runs through some of the main principles behind agile estimation and planning. At endjin we use a lot of these techniques in our projects and this is a great post which highlights the reasons behind some of what we do. The key motivation behind good estimation is to be useful for project planning. There is a huge amount of inherent uncertainty surrounding estimates, especially early in the project. So, we shift our aim from 100% precise, or “true”, estimates, and towards providing estimates which are useful and accurate.

Carmel also runs through the steps in an agile delivery and release process. Definitely worth the read if you have an interest in agile and/or project management!


Good Reads in 2018

by Howard van Rooijen

Most people are publishing lists to mark the passing of yet another year. I need a few more weeks to reflect on 2018 @ endjin, but I do have a list of the books (both technical and non-technical) I’ve bought in 2018. The first one is technically a cheat, as I’ve just pre-ordered it. After […]


Last week I attended Microsoft Future Decoded in London. There were a huge range of speakers, and I thoroughly enjoyed being immersed in the world of tech. However, an issue that was at the forefront of my mind as I wandered around the expansive halls of the Excel centre was the ongoing conversation surrounding women […]


I’m very excited that Ian Griffiths has joined endjin as a “Technical Fellow”. This is a new career pathway branch we created especially for Ian, as he didn’t really fit into any of our existing roles; his skills and expertise exemplify a pathway that many software engineers desire, but few have the opportunity to achieve […]


Joining endjin as a Technical Fellow

by Ian Griffiths

I am very excited to announce that after 21 years as a freelance consultant, I am finally settling down: this month, I am joining endjin as a full time employee. I’ve been an endjin associate for over 7 years now, so this isn’t a huge leap, but our trajectories have aligned in such a way […]


I’m back! Hi everyone. It’s been a long while since my last blog. *Bows head in shame* Blogging is one of those things I know I should do more often, but I’m still not in the routine in which one needs to be in order to do it regularly. As a consequence, what usually happens […]


It’s been a pretty big week for me in a lot of ways, I’ve moved halfway across the country, started a “new” job, and used my brain for the first time in about six months. But I am so excited to be able to say that I have started back, on a permanent basis, with […]


Becoming an endjineer – week 1

by Jonathan George

How did I end up here? On 16th April this year I started a new stage in my career by joining endjin. In one way, it’s been a couple of months in the making, but in another it’s been more like 8 years! Back in 2010 myself, Howard van Rooijen (one of endjin’s founders) and […]


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