Scrum Master Continues to Be a Hot Job

I am often asked why we train people on Agile and Scrum. There are a number of reasons, not the least being this is what I know and the one thing I am qualified to teach (and this probably includes the year I spent teaching high school English). However, this answer alone is unsatisfying. The other reason we choose to train people on Agile and Scrum is the market needs people who understand and can implement Agile. Training already qualified individuals on this allows them to quickly “upskill” and find employment (as our placement numbers are starting to show). Since…

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The Job Hackers Featured on Agile FM Podcast

On February 13, Larry Apke sat down with Jochen (Joe) Krebs to record his most recent installment of the Agile FM podcast. The interview lasts nearly 20 minutes and Joe does a skillful job of asking questions. We at The Job Hackers have always enjoyed Joe’s interviewing style so it was a great pleasure to have our President on the podcast. We encourage you to check out the Agile FM podcast in general and the one featuring Larry in particular. Our thanks to Joe for doing such a great job!

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Job Hackers on the Radio

At The Job Hackers we are always looking for new ways to get exposure to reach possible participants, partners and donors. We recently came across a really nice deal on radio advertising so we took the leap. Our radio ad will be heard multiple times on iHeart radio over the next few weeks. The first ad has already run and we saw a noticeable increase in visitors to our website. It is too soon to know for sure if it will be our best marketing vehicle, but it is exciting nonetheless. A big thanks to Brian Craig for recording the…

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Job Hackers Meetup January 24

The Job Hackers will be having a meetup on January 24 from 5:30-8:00 PM at 680 Folsom in San Francisco at the new Microsoft Reactor. This meetup is a chance for alumni, current participants, partners and friends of The Job Hackers to meet and mingle. Though networking and helping find work is the number one agenda item, there will also be a short presentation by Larry Apke, President and CEO of The Job Hackers, called “10 Things Your CIO Probably Doesn’t Know (But Should).” This talk examines the sub-optimal decisions that are made by people in positions of authority in…

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Restart Your Career With Path Forward

I had the good fortune of speaking with Barbara Golub of Path Forward last week. Path Forward helps people to restart their careers after time spent focused on caregiving. Since our missions are similar, it is my hope that The Job Hackers will be able to help Path Forward participants interested in Agile Software Development find meaning work. Barb sent me an email with some information and ways to help their wonderful organization and its mission. Below is some information on how you can be served by Path Forward and how your organization can help further their mission. For “Returnees”…

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More Reasons To Give Thanks

As President and CEO of The Job Hackers, I am happy to announce that I have recently setup a personal GoFundMe page to capture donations to help us to further our cause. I am even more thrilled by the response it has received so far with donations from a number of friends and former participants. It is through the generosity that we are able to provide better services to our participants, including a limited distance learning pilot for our next class in January. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. This year, in addition to all the other wonderful things I have…

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The Job Hackers is Live!

After many years of thinking, planning and working, the website you see now is live. It is the culmination of a dream I have had for almost a decade – helping people who are looking for work to find meaningful work. The fact we choose to do so with Agile software development is almost secondary. Of course, we all do those things we know well. I do Agile, Scrum and software development because I have become something of an expert over the years. Fortunately increasing people’s knowledge of Agile, Scrum and software development is something that companies, especially the companies…

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