CRITICAL Software's Blog

A Year In: Starting Out as a Software Engineer

Posted by Ciara Mulkerrins on 05/09/17 11:58

Whether it’s your first job after studying or you’re simply switching companies, taking that first step into somewhere new can be challenging.

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Topics: Careers

Bee Prepared: 10 Project Management Lessons from the Apiary

Posted by Matt Brake on 08/08/17 09:43


Outside of my work at CRITICAL Software, I have been a beekeeper for many years now. It struck me recently how managing a beehive has some interesting parallels with managing a business project. Of course, most project management challenges do not involve looking after some 50,000 plus bodies, but it was still in
teresting to consider some of the surprising similarities. Here I’ve listed my top ten. 

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Topics: Project Management

Exhibiting at the Smart Meter Update Conference

Posted by Matt Brake on 06/07/17 17:28

Last week, CRITICAL Software attended and exhibited at the Smart Metering Update conference. The intimate event, run by Marketforce, is primarily attended by people from companies and government agencies involved in the smart meter market in the UK. This year, there were also several attendees visiting from other countries to learn more about the UK’s experience to date.

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Topics: Smart Metering

Why is Caring About Culture Critical?

Posted by Ciara Mulkerrins on 20/06/17 11:05

Some companies don’t care much about their internal culture. Others do. If the structure of a business is its body, then its internal culture would be its soul. It’s what makes companies unique and what gives them character. 

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Topics: Careers

One of the Few: What it’s Like Being a Female Software Engineer

Posted by Zinzile Sibanda on 06/06/17 15:00

When most people think ‘software engineer’, an image of a bespectacled man tapping away at his keyboard comes to mind.

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Topics: Careers

Using System Process Assurance to Make Customers (and Companies) Happy

Posted by Pieter Ijzerman on 08/05/17 11:50

“Are you sure this electricity bill is correct?” A common question raised in the energy industry. What can energy companies do to avoid hearing it so often?

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Topics: Energy

Invisible But Important

Posted by Dylan Llewellyn on 03/04/17 12:53

Sitting in economy and travelling at 500 knots at an altitude of 40,000ft while browsing the inflight movie options, most passengers are blissfully unaware of the intricate, beautiful aerial ballet they are a part of.

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Topics: Aerospace

Why Apprentices Are Amazing

Posted by Jennifer Carter on 07/03/17 12:20

National Apprenticeship Week has just begun and people across the country are talking about the wide range of benefits apprenticeships can bring.

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Topics: Careers

Strengthening the Safety Net

Posted by Matt Brake on 06/02/17 11:01

As smart technology continues to develop and the impact of its evolution is felt across the energy sector, people are inevitably considering the potential risks and opportunities of what is to come. It is all too easy to raise the risks without evidence or ideas for mitigation or solution. Avoiding this scenario is important and we must accept that an appropriate level of investment is required to make sure things are done correctly and securely.

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Topics: Internet of Things

Project Management and Raising a Baby 101

Posted by Greg Stopps on 10/01/17 12:33

This summer, my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world, a beautiful boy named Benjamin George Stopps. Along with the joy and excitement that comes with a new child, we also faced inevitable challenges, including sleepless nights and other significant changes to the usual routine.

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Topics: Project Management