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June Newsletter:
Volume 1, Issue 3

Hi!  Thanks for taking the time to read this month’s newsletter.  All of us at Checkpoint Technologies sincerely hope you and your loved ones are well and safe.  We’re all dealing with challenges we’ve not encountered before and the fact they’re new to us, that there’s so much unknown, makes them that much more daunting.  But we will get through this!  This month’s newsletter is focused on providing insight and suggestions on being better, more effective, and more efficient during these times.  Don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s any way we can help.  Have a great day and keep smiling!
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Agile is an Active Team Culture
Agile is an active team culture!  It’s therefore important to give priority to hearing and understanding individuals. This, of course, includes work and personal life reconciliation. With this pandemic and working from home, it can be a challenge to achieve this reconciliation.  We can help do so by enhancing our team communications with incredible and positive outcomes.
In Agile, teams are in regular and consistent communication (usually daily).  These communications involve teamwork and problem solving. This is where the use of mediums such as Zoom, GoToMeeting, WebEx, etc. provide great value.  These solutions, when used effectively, come into their own so that people can better communicate, clearly exchange ideas, and share in problem solving.  They also allow chat sessions which enhance the team’s ability to learn, adapt, and improve quality of work. Testers can chat with developers, analysts, stakeholders, and leadership. The highest level of communications, using these or similar solutions, depend upon developing and sustaining a set of attitudes such as respect, collaboration, continuous process improvement, constant self-education, willingness to adapt to change, and delivering value.  Happy communicating!


Make Your Agile Team
Virtual Meetings More Engaging!
Collaboration is key for an effective Agile team.  Collaboration requires engagement.  With so many working remotely, keeping everyone engaged during virtual meetings is a genuine challenge!  Here are a few proven tips.

Keep it relaxed:
•    Use webcams so the team can see each other’s smiling faces!
•    Spend a few minutes keeping it light!  Sincerely ask each person “Hey, how ya’ holding up?”  
•    Occasionally, treat the team with an Uber Eats or Grubhub coupon.  


Ease into getting the team engaged by playing games!
•    Try brainteasers, puzzles, or trivia.  
•    Come up with interesting trivia about team members or have them share a fun fact about themselves.
•    Masks and crazy hats are a blast!
•    Have the team share their favorite memes.


Ease into getting the team engaged by playing games!
•    Try brainteasers, puzzles, or trivia.  
•    Come up with interesting trivia about team members or have them share a fun fact about themselves.
•    Masks and crazy hats are a blast!
•    Have the team share their favorite memes.
Pull them in!
•    Assign team members tasks and have each provide a brief verbal status.
•    Take turns having a team member run a part of the meeting.
•    At the end of the meeting, ask each to verbally rate the meeting on a scale of 1 – 10.

Have a great…and engaging…virtual meeting!


Improving Interviews with Remote Candidates
As more interviews are done remotely, it is important to nail down a process that works for your organization. First and foremost, it is best practice to inform your candidates of the interview process. Will there be more than one interview? Is there a total of 2 interviews or 5 interviews? How many are video and how many are voice interviews. This seems simple, but setting expectations is the key. The better defined the process is the smoother the experience on both sides of the table. 

Timely communications, internally as well as with the candidate, are important to ensure the process moves along. Each step of the process should have gates or thresholds and a scorecard. This provides everyone clarity on whether or not to proceed with that candidate. Ultimately the quicker you can get feedback from the interviewer and the interviewee, the quicker you can determine a match and proceed to final interviews and onboarding.

Good luck!  And contact us if you have any questions.


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A Bit About...

               Ron Kurlinski, VP of
                    Business Development

Ron Kurlinski is a veteran in the recruitment and placement of technical professionals within various industries including healthcare, finance and banking, insurance, marketing, and government. Most recently, Ron led the fastest growing and most profitable division in a Fortune 500 software company. He is passionate about building relationships, solving problems and finding the win-win. With a background in programming, Ron has that technical reference point to understand the complex world of technology.  During off hours, he enjoys being with family, on the water and on the golf course.

Upcoming Events!

  • June 10th-11th: Agile DevOps West Virtual
  • June 30th: Quality as a Team Sport Webinar

Checkpoint Tech Trivia

  1. Registered on March 15, 1985, what was the first domain name on the Internet?
  2. What was the first mobile phone to market with a capacitive touchscreen?
  3. What is the rarest M&M color?

    Answers can be found at the bottom of the newsletter!

Checkpoint Chuckle

 
Me:  Is this birdcage made out of nickel?
Pet store:  Aluminum…I think.
Me:  So there’s no nickel in this cage:
Pet store:  Don’t you dare!
Me:  So, it’ s a nickeless cage.
Pet store:  Get out!
In Honor of Father's Day

People ask me where I get all of my Dad jokes....
                   In a Dad-a-Base
 
Wait... when does a "joke" become a "Dad joke"?
 When it becomes apparent.

Careers

Are you motivated to work for a company that values and recognizes that all positions within the organization are essential to running a well-run company? Then look no further! We never pass up great talent and want to see what you have to offer!

Check out our careers page to see our available positions at our website or email us at careers@checkpointech.com.
Trivia Answers!
  1. Symbolics.com was the first internet domain name, registered on 15 March 1985 - nearly 25 years ago by a computer manufacturer.
  2. LG's KE850/Prada. Announced in December 2006 and shipped in May 2007, LG's KE850/Prada was the first mobile phone to be sold with a capacitive touchscreen, arriving a month before the iPhone.
  3. The Brown M&M!

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