SSW Update - The Agile Olympics - it'll be Scrumtacular
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The Agile Olympics - it'll be Scrumtacular

It's no secret that I love Scrum. I'm a certified trainer and delight in teaching courses across the country. We follow Scrum at SSW - not just the developers, but the graphic design, marketing, and multi-media teams as well. I even use it at home with my family and for my kids' soccer team.

David Burela tweets his bemusement
Figure: I think Scrum can be used for more than just software development

That's why I'm so excited about this month's Sydney .NET user group...

The Agile Olympics!

The Agile Olympics
Figure: This will be no ordinary user group!

This fun, interactive session will be led by my fellow trainer, Jesse Houwing, Gerard Beckerleg, and myself. Jesse is from the Netherlands and he is also an ALM MVP, ALM Ranger and one of the best Agile Consultants I know.

Come and learn as you play games that illustrate Scrum principles. Be warned: this involves high audience participation so you might want to take your blood pressure tablets before coming.

The games will include:

Figure: Still not convinced? If this amazing video doesn't do it for you, I don't know what will.

So come along on Wednesday, February 18 at 6pm and join us for free! Learn more about Scrum in a fun way, and then enjoy some pizzas and a chat with your fellow devs at The Oaks.

I'll see you there!

For more information, or to register, head on over to the user group event page.

-Adam Cogan, SSW

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New SSW TV video!

How to market yourself as a developer - John Sonmez

Developers tend to underestimate the impact and importance of marketing themselves. In this video you will learn how to use effective marketing tools to boost your presence and help to better your career.

John Sonmez has quite a remarkable career. He’s the founder of Simple Programmer, a website dedicated to teaching developers how better market themselves. He has published over 50 courses on Pluralsight. John also hosts the Get Up and CODE podcast and is considered to be a ‘life coach’ for software developers.

Check out this interview and learn the importance of blogging and several tips from John including:

  • The importance of blogging to get the best jobs and what you should blog about
  • How to get a name for yourself and improve your career
  • How to attract the best employers
  • The best first step to promote yourself online
  • Finding your niche
  • In-bound marketing and how it relates to developers
  • Why Podcasting is so effective
  • How to leverage social media to promote your profile

Meet the best junior .NET developers on the market

FireBootCamp gala day

When: 9am - 12pm, Friday 20 March
Where: Gateway Court Suite 13, 81-91 Military Rd, Neutral Bay, NSW
Cost: Free

Join us to meet our dedicated candidates who have just completed an intensive 9-week training program where they have built a real world application for a real client using Scrum.

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Become a World Class Developer in just 9 weeks with FireBootCamp!

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Redmond, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, San Francisco

The FireBootCamp program is an intensive, full-time, 9-week program. Participants learn, work and code together for 10-12 hours per day, 5 days a week. Apart from exercise and food breaks, the guys in the program are hands on learning all day every day.

The program focuses on real world skills including Agile software development practices, enterprise architecture, application life cycle, end-to-end testing and user interface design. The technology stack covers .NET MVC, AngularJS, TypeScript, jQuery, Windows Azure and uses Microsoft Visual Studio 2013.

Scheduled Boot Camps:

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Xamarin Mobile Apps 2-day mini course
2nd April - 3rd April 2015
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15th April - 16th April 2015
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20th Apr - 12th Jun 2015
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Webinar: Dev Superpowers - AngularJS with TypeScript

Learn how to harness the power of TypeScript in your AngularJS projects

Cost: No Charge

25th February
4.00 PM - 5.00 PM EST

26th February
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CET

26th February
11.00am - 12.00pm AEDT

Learn how to harness the power of Typescript in your AngularJS projects. Setting up TypeScript with AngularJS for the first time can be challenging but in this session we make using this fantastic duo a piece of cake.

In this session we will discuss how to:

  • Use TypeScript to create AngularJS controllers, modules and factories
  • Communicate with Web API services from TypeScript using AngularJS
  • Use Definitely Typed Definitions for AngularJS objects to get the benefit of code competition
  • And more...

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Xamarin Hack Days around the world

Xamarin Hack Day

Xamarin is a product that allows you to use .NET/C# to create native apps that will run across Android, iOS, and Windows. While there is always a learning curve when using a new product, Xamarin Hack Days make it easy for anyone who wants to learn cross-platform development in a supportive and friendly environment.

There will be something for everyone - experienced Xamarin developers can share ideas with other experienced developers, and if you're a beginner then there's plenty to learn on the day. Best of all, it's totally free.

Upcoming Xamarin Hack Days:

28th Feb 2015
Philadelphia, WA, USA
14th Mar 2015
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
28th Mar 2015
Melbourne, VIC, Australia
30th May 2015
Sydney, NSW, Australia
13th Jun 2015

Sydney .NET User Group

The best place to learn .NET for free in Sydney

User Group

Sydney .NET User Group
Wednesday 18th February 2015
6:00pm - 8:00pm
SSW Office
Gateway Court, Suite 13
81-91 Military Road, Neutral Bay NSW 2089

"The Scrum Olympics" - Jesse Houwing

Jesse, a Trainer, ALM Ranger, and Agile/ALM Consultant, will be leading the fun with Scrum, using interactive games such as

You'll get to play ball, do some mystifying things with chairs, and build a Lego city – all in the name of learning. Through these fun exercises, Jesse will illustrate concepts like Technical Debt, Inspection and Adaption, Retrospectives, and Self-management and self-organization.

Whether you already use Scrum and want to brush up on your skills, or you want to know more about Scrum and how it works, this friendly, interactive session is for everyone. There'll be tonnes of fun, hands-on learning, and absolutely no boring bits!

This is an in demand session. Please register to ensure your seat.

Register Now

About the presenter:

Jesse Houwing

Jesse is an agile addict, loves strong espressos, used to teach people how to create crazy regular expressions and tries to solve other people's LINQ queries in his spare time, they're better than a regular cryptogram, you know?! He works for Avanade as a Microsoft ALM Consultant and trains its development teams to do proper scrum. Adam dubbed him the Agile Dutchman. He's married to his lovely wife Charlotte and lives in the city of Utrecht, smack in the middle of The Netherlands.

He blogs over at

Can't make it to the Sydney .NET User Group?

Watch the Live stream!

Live stream

Tune in from anywhere!

Sydney .NET User Group Live
18th February 2015

The team at SSW TV are now streaming our User Group sessions live. Each session will also be published on the SSW TV site after the event so you can review what was said in the sessions.

Then join us at the NerdDinner

Where nerds meet and eat


NerdDinner - Where geeks eat
Wednesday 21st January 2015
8:10pm - 9:30pm
The Oaks Hotel
118 Military Road, Neutral Bay

SSW and Telerik invite you to join us for pizza at The Oaks. A fantastic opportunity for networking with peers and sharing thoughts after the Sydney .NET User Group presentation.

Sydney .NET User Group and NerdDinner proudly sponsored by:

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Canberra .NET User Group

The best place to learn .NET for free in Canberra

User Group Canberra .NET User Group
Microsoft Canberra Branch
Level 4, 6 National Circuit,
Barton, Australia

There will be no Canberra User Group this month.

If you feel like making the road trip, come on up to Sydney and be in the crowd for special Sydney user group (be sure to get yourself a free ticket before heading out or you risk disappointment!).

Alternatively, you can check out all the action by tuning into the Sydney .NET User Group live stream at 6pm, February 18, 2015.

Canberra .Net User Group proudly sponsored by:

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SSW Update

February 2015


ASP.NET MVC, Software Developer

SSW is looking for an enthusiastic .NET MVC and AngularJS developer to start ASAP.


  • A minimum of 1 year commercial experience with .NET and the Framework
  • 3 years IT experience
  • Excellent communication skills as you will be liaising with your clients
  • Strong skills designing and implementing ASP.NET MVC and Web Forms applications using C#
  • A good understanding of XML, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript
  • An IT degree
  • A working knowledge of agile software development methodologies (preferably Scrum), have good task management skills

Apply Now

Chief Architect
SSW Beijing

The chief architect will be in charge of the company's daily operations, including implementing sales plans, developing marketing plans, and leading project teams.

  • Must be a strong, fluent communicator in both English and Chinese
  • A background in software engineering
  • Enjoy working with a team who has strong technical skills in Microsoft technologies
  • A bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Business Management
  • Strong influencing impact - the applicant should be able to engage on an executive level
  • Must be living in or willing to relocate to Beijing, China

To apply, send your CV directly to

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