Interview | Sam Boswell

Sam Boswell

Engineering Manager, CTO, IoT, security, geek.

Hi Sam. How are you?

Really well thanks Andy, good to chat to you today!

What are you working on at the mo?

Currently my 9-5 (ish) role is with Device Authority, where we build a platform called KeyScaler – a cyber security platform for IoT (internet of things) I look after the engineering team here as we build out the leading platform for IoT identity, security and management. We work across a ton of different markets, but currently focusing on medical (surgical robots, drug delivery systems), industrial (smart factories, CNC, robots), and automotive (connected vehicles, connected autonomous vehicles)

That sounds interesting. How does it help users?

The biggest issues for IoT security are that traditional models of identity and access control don’t scale with the volume of devices needed. This has led to a bunch of approaches such as default credentials baked into devices that can’t be changed, and this leads to issues such as the Mirai botnets, and leaking of sensitive data. KeyScaler automates the process of building trust to devices, delivering certificates for PKI and setting up ongoing device monitoring, updates and more! By automating this work, we reduce costs for our customers, and remove the ever vulnerable human in the loop!

What aspect of Device Authority are you most proud of?

The team! We’ve got an awesome collection of people with a wide range of specialities – in cryptography, security, embedded software and high level server side development. The team here and across the globe work so well together.

What do you see as the next phase for Device Authority?

A lot of our focus at the moment is building out further integrations to support our customers integrating in lots of different verticals. We allow customers to deploy on-prem, Saas, or in a number of cloud environments such as Azure – and it’s important that we get the benefits from all of these different routes.

What did you do before Device Authority?

Before Device Authority, I’ve worked in the startup world, and bespoke software, helping to grow and lead engineering teams on a number of projects, as well as maintaining my own presence under the Deciphered brand where I can do some consulting and code work to keep my hand in!

This work stuff is great but who are you outside of work?

Outside work I enjoy a fairly wide set of outdoor hobbies, climbing especially. A technology interest keeps me tinkering on the bleeding edge in cybersecurity and AI/ML, a bit of pc gaming thrown in and as an avid reader, my kindle travels everywhere with me.

Thanks for your time Sam. I’ll be following with interest!

Check out Sam’s personal website to see the cool chat feature! I really like it.

More information

Device Authority  

Deciphered 

6prog is a facilitator of freelance contracts and commentator on recruitment in general. For more information reach out hello@6prog.com

6prog partners | Dinghy

Insurtech innovators Dinghy announce partnership with consultancy disruptors 6prog

Insurtech innovators Dinghy announce partnership with consultancy disruptors 6prog

Change is afoot. Employment as we once knew it is on the way out. The worker of today – and tomorrow – is here.

The modern freelancer is agile and adaptive, and they require any companies that support them to be the same.

That’s why we’re delighted to announce our partnership with 6prog. Both companies intuitively understand the needs of the freelance workforce, as well as the need to evolve the mechanisms which support it. 

It’s essential that today’s self-employed are able to quickly access their work, and to have adequate insurance protection whilst they do so – and all in manner which suits them, and reflects the way they work. No one-off annual payments. No huge lump sums. Just cover when and where you need it.

Who are Dinghy?

For freelancers, by freelancers. That’s Dinghy in a nutshell.

Its goal? To make insurance cheaper, faster, and fairer. Dinghy’s ground-breaking approach offers flexible, on-demand insurance cover exclusively to freelancers. By allowing them to reduce premiums when they aren’t working, freelancers only need to pay for the coverage they really need.

6prog CEO Andy Barnes has been a fan of Dinghy for some time: “I’ve used Dinghy myself. They’re breaking new ground in an industry which has traditionally been slow to catch up. Having experienced what they offer first-hand, I can confidently say that their understanding of the freelance workforce is second-to-none. All of us at 6prog are delighted at the partnership.”

Who are 6prog? The New Contract Recruitment Process

What better way to improve something than to know it inside out? A truly multinational venture, 6prog was founded by friends from Brighton and Los Angeles. Having experienced recruiting, been recruited themselves, and worked as a recruitment partner, the brains behind 6prog saw the need for improvement.

It’s an indisputable fact that things work better when they function most effectively. And it’s no different for recruitment. 6prog encourages clear communication between recruiters, project managers and freelancers, alongside ensuring fair payment and fair charges. Their workflow links a PM and a freelancer directly – allowing them to talk business without all the interference.

Dorian Zanker, Dinghy CEO: “I love what 6prog are doing. Breaking down barriers and encouraging efficiency and equality creates a better environment for all involved. The future of work depends on fluidity and instant action, and 6prog are doing exactly that. We’re very pleased to have them on board.”

6prog is a facilitator of freelance contracts and commentator on recruitment in general. For more information reach out hello@6prog.com

Initiative | Be Kind Today

Lee Lam of Lee Lam Consultancy

Today we are talking with Lee from Lee Lam Consultancy who launched an initiative called Be Kind Today UK C.I.C

Lee, why did you start Be Kind Today? 

As someone who works with those struggling with various mental health concerns, as well as someone who suffers from the occasional bout of anxiety, I found that a lot of the information around mental health and various conditions is getting quite complicated and feels too difficult to navigate.  Consequently, people suffering from mental challenges feel anxious about social interaction in case they do or say something wrong, and people who want to support mental health sufferers are also anxious to interact for fear of doing or saying something wrong.  So I wanted to take the conversation back to basics! What started out was my own take on a critical subject has turned into something much bigger than I could have imagined!

You don’t need to know why others need your compassion and empathy for their mental health. You just need to know that they would appreciate it.

Lee Lam
What does Be Kind Today do?

The premise is really simple.  You can get a badge that you can wear either as a mental health sufferer – this helps remind those you interact with to give you some kindness, patience or understanding.  The badge is deliberately a call to action.  As a mental health ally, you can wear the badge to demonstrate your willingness to support others, and your commitment to remembering that to be kind to someone else is to recognise that they matter to you.

Those who are kind feel better about the world and their place in it. Those who receive kindness, even those smallest of gestures, are also given hope. 

Why it is good? 

The feedback we have received has been overwhelming, with mental health sufferers feeling that this is a simple but really effective way for them to go out into the world.  Not everyone wants or needs a full description of whatever condition you have, or you don’t want to have to tell people any details, but they still need to be aware that you would appreciate some sensitivity or kindness.  But it has also taken off in ways we couldn’t have anticipated, and is used to help people coping with grief, or children dealing with bullying.  Most importantly, people wearing the badges are finding that it is a really simple but powerful way of starting a conversation – of opening up about supporting one another and seeing how important it is to feel part of a group of people who want to support you.

Check out this video to see what others say 
How can people get involved?

There are a few ways to get involved with the campaign.  First things first – you can request or buy a badge and show your support that way!  There are also t-shirts that you can purchase which help us provide more badges to those who need them most.  And if you are able to contribute to the campaign, it helps us get more badges out to more people. 

The campaign’s success means that we are desperately trying to fulfil a backlog, so any support that can be given is very gratefully received!  Details of the badges, t-shirts and donations can be found at https://bekindtoday.me/get-badge/

6prog is a facilitator of freelance contracts and commentator on recruitment in general. For more information reach out hello@6prog.com

6prog Partners | Crunch

Today we are talking with Megan at Crunch.

So, who are Crunch?

Glad you asked! We’re an online accounting service that supports freelancers, contractors, and practically anyone who’s self-employed. We understand that the self-employed life isn’t your standard nine-to-five, and we tailor our services to make your life as easy as possible. 

We combine bespoke, online accounting software with actual human beings, so that you’re always able to access your accounts and seek the expert support and guidance you need.

We offer everything you need for peace of mind in your business’s bookkeeping, from as little as £71.50 +VAT a month.

What do I get for my money?

On our Basic or Plus Limited accountancy packages, you’ll get unlimited access to the expertise of our chartered certified accountants whenever you need it. They’ll deal with HMRC on your behalf, remind you of upcoming tax responsibilities and even help you file your Self Assessment. You’ll also gain access to our bespoke online accounting software and a range of informative, expert business guides.

Then there’s our Small Business package, which is ideal if your business has grown to take on employees and needs extra support, and expert insights to free up your time and help your business grow. You’ll get your own dedicated accountant and bookkeeper, our fastest response times, two Accountancy Healthchecks, in-app chat, and payroll for up to 10 employees, to name just a few. 

Wait, so I get access to your experts as well as your software?

Yup! We believe in the personal touch at Crunch – you’ll always have access to our team of expert chartered certified accountants to make sure you have the knowledge and guidance you need to make the right decisions for your business.

Is there anything else I should know about?

Well, there’s also Crunch Chorus – our very own self-employed community! Membership is absolutely free, and as a member, you’ll be able to get your hands on a range of jargon-free free business guides, templates, and tools. 

We also have a dedicated Facebook page, a friendly hub for freelancers and contractors in the UK. You can join our Crunch Chorus Facebook group and share advice, experience, and make new connections with hundreds of people just like you!

Tell me more about Crunch!

Our CEO Darren Fell started Crunch in 2009. The goal was to combine online accounting software and all the benefits of a traditional high-street accountant to create a game-changing online accounting service – and for less than half the price of traditional firms.

These days our service is much more than just accountancy. We can support you with business insurance, financial planning advice, mortgages and much more. We’ve poured millions into our technology, and continue to find new ways to support our clients and make their businesses a success.

That sounds great! Where can I go to find more information?

Come along to our website at Crunch.co.uk and browse through our services and products.

We’d also like to offer you the opportunity to take up a free demo of our Crunch software and take us for a test drive!

You can also book a consultation and talk to one of our friendly experts if you have questions about our service and how we can best help your business.

Consultations are completely free, and there are no hidden costs – just honest advice that’s best for your business. We look forward to hearing from you!

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6prog ambassador | The why and the how

No one wants to be an ambassador. It conjures up Ferro Roche images and the concept of being really spoilt. Or at least it does if you watched that advert enough in the days of TV having only 4 channels.

A 6prog ambassador though? Well that’s a different thing entirely. If you add 6prog to your LinkedIn work history you are saying that you are part of a grass roots cause, a mission, where you feel freelancers should have the ability to speak to managers, have contracts and timesheets managed digitally, and in one place. It shows you like modern technology and that you are not bogged down by ‘what has always been will be the same tomorrow’.

[As I write this it sounds (to my mind) akin to a speech made by Henry V (well, Shakespeare) so I ask you now to comment below (with anticipation of five star reviews).] To be frank, what adding 6prog to your LinkedIn profile really does is tells people you might be available for a contract without declaring your hand of cards. It gives you a bit of your own privacy back. And it means the client can work with you at an industry beating price.

I shall also invite you for a coffee. Can’t beat a good coffee and a chat.

So, who is ready for battle?

Who is ready? Photo by junski here on Unsplash

ABOUT

  • How did 6prog start?6prog was started by friends from Brighton, UK and Los Angeles, USA. We had all experienced recruiting, being recruited and working as a recruitment partner and felt that these tasks would benefit from a single solution. We discussed various propositions with a large number of people in our own networks and summarised the following characteristics with this multi billion dollar industry.

    • Recruiters spend too much time doing paperwork when they should be networking.
    • Freelancers spend time chasing updates which can just be messaged directly.
    • Clients want multiple levels of recruitment expertise but would rather not have multiple suppliers.
    • Project Managers don’t have the time to read through multiple online profiles (the reverse job board service? “no thanks”).
    • Everyone wants clearer communication.
    • Everyone wants fair payment and fair charges.
    So we designed a workflow that allows members to deliver their function most effectively. Recruiters can be anyone with a book of contacts (it’s more valuable to a PM if you can recruit from people via experience or word of mouth). Project Managers and Freelancers can talk to one another. It’s fine – it really is! Recruiters are paid a fixed fee agreed per opportunity. Also margins should not exist (too many reasons to list!) and therefore the software is funded by the low transaction fee. 

    Importantly, our ethos is membership driven. All members are charged in the same way at the same fee. Finally we decided to get a team together in order to build a modern solution for project managers, freelancers and recruiters. We launched in April 2017. 6prog is pushing it’s platform to do even more than it already does today. Become a member and help us on our shared journey to revolutionise how projects, recruiting and on boarding get better.
hello@6prog.com

6prog Partners | IPSE

Contract recruitment made better

Contract recruitment made better

Today we are talking with Peter Thompson who is a Outbound Membership Manager at IPSE

Hi Peter, what is IPSE best known for?

We make sure freelancers, interim managers, consultants and contractors are represented to Government. By producing insightful, hard-hitting research and effective policy campaigns, we fight to create a better environment for the self-employed to run their businesses and ultimately, ensure our economy remains one of the most flexible in the world. 

Ok great how long has IPSE been helping freelancers?

IPSE has been representing the interests of the self-employed since 1999. IPSE was originally formed as the Professional Contractors Group to provide independent contractors and consultants with a representative voice in opposition to the original IR35 proposals. 

Why do freelancers become members of IPSE?

IPSE Plus members receive the following services and benefits

  • IR35 tax and legal helpline for advice
  • Contract templates
  • Tax investigation costs
  • Moneysaving offers and rewards with big high street names
  • Bi monthly magazines Modern Work, My Money, and fortnightly newsletter
  • Events and networking opportunities.
  • IPSE academy – training
  • Government and industry lobbying
  • Guide to being a freelancer
  • Pre-tax investigation costs
  • Up to £10,000 if a client goes bankrupt
  • Up to £5000 for jury service
  • Up to £200 if you are ill or injured
  • Up to £1000 if an agency breaks it contract
  • Up to £500 per day for tax compliance meetings
  • £5000 of life insurance at no cost
Is there a discount for 6prog members?

Yes, £50 off the joining fee if you click click here and write 6prog in as your code.

What is going on at the moment at IPSE HQ?

IR35 is dominating talk though with the new leaders of both the Libdems and the Conservatives we will be lobbying to inform them of the negative impact the legislation will cause

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Why does 6prog have partners?

6prog has built many (many) years of experience industrywide and used most applications and systems. Where we have seen software that hits a number of key markets or has massive benefits to the user we like to partner to give them access to additional markets.

Partner companies are led by innovators who are passionate about delivering exceptional service too.

About

We are IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed. Our name is both an acronym and the Latin word for ‘self’ or ‘by oneself’ – a reference to our chosen way of working.

Let us support you IPSE has dedicated Policy, Press and Research teams who work on behalf of freelancers and the self-employed.  We lobby government departments to ensure that you have a voice in party policies and manifestos.

LINKS

Partners

About

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  • The New Contract Recruitment Process

ABOUT

6prog was started by friends from Brighton, UK and Los Angeles, USA. We had all experienced recruiting, being recruited and working as a recruitment partner and felt that these tasks would benefit from a single solution. We discussed various propositions with a large number of people in our own networks and summarised the following characteristics with this multi billion dollar industry.

• Recruiters spend too much time doing paperwork when they should be networking.
• Freelancers spend time chasing updates which can just be messaged directly.
• Clients want multiple levels of recruitment expertise but would rather not have multiple suppliers.
• Project Managers don’t have the time to read through multiple online profiles (the reverse job board service? “no thanks”).
• Everyone wants clearer communication.
• Everyone wants fair payment and fair charges.

So we designed a workflow that allows members to deliver their function most effectively. Recruiters can be anyone with a book of contacts (it’s more valuable to a PM if you can recruit from people via experience or word of mouth). Project Managers and Freelancers can talk to one another. It’s fine – it really is! Recruiters are paid a fixed fee agreed per opportunity. Also margins should not exist (too many reasons to list!) and therefore the software is funded by the low transaction fee. 

Importantly, our ethos is membership driven. All members are charged in the same way at the same fee. Finally we decided to get a team together in order to build a modern solution for project managers, freelancers and recruiters. We launched in April 2017. 6prog is pushing it’s platform to do even more than it already does today. Become a member and help us on our shared journey to revolutionise how projects, recruiting and on boarding get better.

How can 6prog help what you need to do?
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6prog Partners | Open Orbit

6prog helps freelancers to find clients and clients to onboard freelancers. If you need a recruiter to help, just ask.

Andy talking with Niranjan, the founder of Open Orbit

What is Open Orbit?

At a high level it is software that mimics a consultant. Helping to empower users to solve their day-to-day business process problems rather than relying on external experts.

Ok intriguing. What does it do for me as a user?

It helps empower the user to reduce the analysis and time taken to diagnose their business processes by between 25 – 50% (often more). With our clients taking a matter of days to understand root causes where (historically) it has taken several weeks of analysis. This brings forward the benefit of improvements, whether that be better customer experience, increased timeliness outcomes, driving efficiencies or reducing costs.

How does it do that?

The platform helps guide the user to choose the most relevant metrics, causes and solutions across their business process. This is both on an individual process step level and across the entire process. Open Orbit turns up the knob on all the dimensions of a transformation project by applying Lean Six Sigma to project definition, process modelling, measurement, root cause analysis, solution hypothesis and benefits tracking. 

Some key features of the platform include:

  • an active diagnostic map or happy path of hand-offs that provides a holistic view of your business process.
  • a live and context-sensitive open knowledge database of insights and best practices, and a connected community forum to drive sustained benefits and engagement. 
  • A Fishbone diagraph that results from inputs to the diagnostic map that tells the story of where problems are occurring across your business process. This can be across six different areas including: people, process, technology, environment, measurements and policies.          
  • Baseline vs target report that analyses the data inputted to prioritise where to focus your resources to create the biggest impact.
  • RPA calculator to identify areas of your business process to automate and conduct a cost-benefit analysis.
  • Solution action tracking to implement solutions that have been prompted by the platform and bring through to closure.

Open Orbit therefore becomes the system of record for improvement projects. It enables agile and anytime governance of a project as well as providing accessible organisational memory and standardisation of approach. 

So the platform is based on Lean Six Sigma principles?

Yes – Six Sigma focuses on reducing variation; Open Orbit has digitalised the thinking of an improvement expert and put it in the hands of the business user. This is in the form of an algorithm that prompts the user to choose the most relevant metrics, causes and solutions across their business process to drive down variation in project outcomes. This enables standardisation across the business and re-use of learnings and insights from employees.

Open Orbit is both a methodology and a software tool. Being a fully cloud-hosted solution, it costs nothing to install, whist being simple and intuitive enough to be used without training.

For enterprises, Open Orbit dramatically increases the return on investment for business improvement. 

Who are your clients?

Our clients are worldwide and range from large corporate banks in Australia and investment banks in the US. Our clients also include one of the top five life insurers in Australia. In addition, we help companies across different industrial sectors including but not limited to:  telecommunications, universities, banking and consumer goods.  

More information on specific case studies can be found here.

Is there a discount for 6prog members?

Yes we will run free initial consultancy to review how Open Orbit could save your business time and money and also give a discount on a pilot.

What is going on at the moment for Open Orbit?

It is an exciting time for Open Orbit, from its origins in Sydney we have grown to cover a range of geographical locations. Including operations in London, New York and Mumbai and helping clients drive business outcomes across their processes across four different continents. 

Who can I reach out to for more information?

Click through the partner pages on 6prog. 

Andy in the UK and Julian in Australia are available to cover all time zones. If you have any questions or would be interested in a demo of the platform, please feel free to reach out:

Julian Humphreys 0423799233 Open Orbit

Why does 6prog have partners?

6prog has built many years of experience industrywide and used most applications and systems. Where we have seen software that hits a number of key markets or has massive benefits to the user we like to partner to give them access to additional markets.

Partner companies are led by innovators who are passionate about delivering exceptional service too.

About Open Orbit:

Open Orbit is ‘software that mimics a consultant’ – it empowers business users to think like improvement practitioners and drive better business. It helps business users become part of the solution to the efficiency challenge, rather than just suffer the problems of bad processes. It therefore reduces the lead time and cost of driving business transformation.

Open Orbit is a methodology that aids problem solving and diagnosis in logical steps. The “Happy Path of Hand-offs” artefact (also called the Diagnostic Map) enables users to document the end to end picture, including from a customer’s perspective, and yet allow for diving deep into the symptoms, causes and remedies to be considered at each step in that happy path. Algorithmic guidance generates probing questions across all aspects thus helping create a robust and comprehensive hypothesis for validation. 

The unique approach of augmenting (and not completely eliminating) human judgment means less dependency on access to perfect data, and blend in anecdotal and tacit knowledge sitting with process experts. Open Orbit amplifies the expertise of a human expert. It helps the problem-solver get to the insight faster, and tell the story better. 

Open Orbit drives faster Process Improvements, sharper insights, stronger cases for change, lower project costs and more sustainable change. In short, it is PI 2.0 as it applies the principles of PI to the process of PI itself.

 “With Open Orbit, everyone thinks it is part of their job to improve how things are done, and that’s when you achieve transformative change”.

Ben Tabell, CIO HSBC Australia

LINKS

https://www.6prog.com/account/partners

https://www.6prog.com/home/about

https://www.6prog.com/account/demorequest

  • The New Contract Recruitment Process

ABOUT

6prog was started by friends from Brighton, UK and Los Angeles, USA. We had all experienced recruiting, being recruited and working as a recruitment partner and felt that these tasks would benefit from a single solution. We discussed various propositions with a large number of people in our own networks and summarised the following characteristics with this multi billion dollar industry.

• Recruiters spend too much time doing paperwork when they should be networking.
• Freelancers spend time chasing updates which can just be messaged directly.
• Clients want multiple levels of recruitment expertise but would rather not have multiple suppliers.
• Project Managers don’t have the time to read through multiple online profiles (the reverse job board service? “no thanks”).
• Everyone wants clearer communication.
• Everyone wants fair payment and fair charges.

So we designed a workflow that allows members to deliver their function most effectively. Recruiters can be anyone with a book of contacts (it’s more valuable to a PM if you can recruit from people via experience or word of mouth). Project Managers and Freelancers can talk to one another. It’s fine – it really is! Recruiters are paid a fixed fee agreed per opportunity. Also margins should not exist (too many reasons to list!) and therefore the software is funded by the low transaction fee. 

Importantly, our ethos is membership driven. All members are charged in the same way at the same fee. Finally we decided to get a team together in order to build a modern solution for project managers, freelancers and recruiters. We launched in April 2017. 6prog is pushing it’s platform to do even more than it already does today. Become a member and help us on our shared journey to revolutionise how projects, recruiting and on boarding get better.

6prog Partners | Tide

6prog helps freelancers to find clients and clients to onboard freelancers. If you need a recruiter to help, just ask.

Today we are talking with Shahree who is a partner exec at Tide.

Hi Shahree, what is Tide?

Tide is a smart business account and app designed to save small businesses time and money. 

Ok intriguing. What does it do for me as a user?

Lots! Manage your cards from within the app, set-and-forget your auto-categories, integrate with your accountancy software, then get back to doing what you love – growing your business.

You can get a sort code and account number in as little as 5 minutes.

A modern business current account that gives time back to people who work for themselves.

Is there a discount for 6prog members?

Yes, get 1 year of free transfers. Sign in to 6prog and follow this link from the 6prog partner page – it will display the code: 6PROG and then click ‘open an account’ to start your application.

Who are your clients?

We work with 90000 small businesses from consultants to cupcake makers, coders to coat makers, glass-blowers to graphic designers, Tide is banking for modern businesses.

If you’d like to find out more about our beloved members we feature their stories in our Member Spotlight

What is going on at the moment for Tide?

We have recently published our Small Business Tips series on our blog to help members start and grow a successful small business. We talk about all things starting a business, marketing and growing your business as well as accounting with a lot more to come. So stay tuned.

Who can I reach out to for more information?

Click through the partner pages on 6prog to find a link or click the above logo. https://www.tide.co/partners/6prog/

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About 6prog

6prog interactive demo

ABOUT

6prog was started by friends from Brighton, UK and Los Angeles, USA. We had all experienced recruiting, being recruited and working as a recruitment partner and felt that these tasks would benefit from a single solution. We discussed various propositions with a large number of people in our own networks and summarised the following characteristics with this multi billion dollar industry.

• Recruiters spend too much time doing paperwork when they should be networking.
• Freelancers spend time chasing updates which can just be messaged directly.
• Clients want multiple levels of recruitment expertise but would rather not have multiple suppliers.
• Project Managers don’t have the time to read through multiple online profiles (the reverse job board service? “no thanks”).
• Everyone wants clearer communication.
• Everyone wants fair payment and fair charges.

So we designed a workflow that allows members to deliver their function most effectively. Recruiters can be anyone with a book of contacts (it’s more valuable to a PM if you can recruit from people via experience or word of mouth). Project Managers and Freelancers can talk to one another. It’s fine – it really is! Recruiters are paid a fixed fee agreed per opportunity. Also margins should not exist (too many reasons to list!) and therefore the software is funded by the low transaction fee. 

Importantly, our ethos is membership driven. All members are charged in the same way at the same fee. Finally we decided to get a team together in order to build a modern solution for project managers, freelancers and recruiters. We launched in April 2017. 6prog is pushing it’s platform to do even more than it already does today. Become a member and help us on our shared journey to revolutionise how projects, recruiting and on boarding get better.

6prog Partners | GroupMap

6prog helps freelancers to find clients and clients to onboard freelancers. If you need a recruiter to help, just ask.

Today we are talking with Paul Skrgatic about GroupMap

Hi Paul – what is GroupMap?

Hi Andy, GroupMap is an effective way to plan, brainstorm, discuss and decide.

Ok great -who uses it?

You’ve probably encountered the usual issues of group decision-making in your meetingsworkshops or classrooms… People who dominate the conversation, quiet folks whose ideas never get heard, and of course all those post-it notes you have to write up.

GroupMap solves this by capturing individual thinking first, then revealing the group perspective, all in real-time. Now that’s true collaborative decision making.

Is there a discount for 6prog members?

Yes a free 14 day trial.

How much does it cost for participants to join?

Nothing, zippo, nada, zilch. It’s always free for participants to join a map.

 

What is going on at the moment for you Paul?

I’m currently helping Figura clients to deliver change for Projects in the Transport and Tourism sectors within Edinburgh. With the move to the gig economy we are finding that a lot of entrepreneurs need help to get new projects started and also keep the momentum up. We use GroupMap to help collaborate on project requirements engaging all parts of our client’s organisation. Also available via 6prog.
Get in touch if we can help you with your change or project challenges. paul@figura.associates

links

https://www.6prog.com/account/partners

https://www.6prog.com/home/about

https://www.6prog.com/account/demorequest

ABOUT

6prog was started by friends from Brighton, UK and Los Angeles, USA. We had all experienced recruiting, being recruited and working as a recruitment partner and felt that these tasks would benefit from a single solution. We discussed various propositions with a large number of people in our own networks and summarised the following characteristics with this multi billion dollar industry.

• Recruiters spend too much time doing paperwork when they should be networking.
• Freelancers spend time chasing updates which can just be messaged directly.
• Clients want multiple levels of recruitment expertise but would rather not have multiple suppliers.
• Project Managers don’t have the time to read through multiple online profiles (the reverse job board service? “no thanks”).
• Everyone wants clearer communication.
• Everyone wants fair payment and fair charges.

So we designed a workflow that allows members to deliver their function most effectively. Recruiters can be anyone with a book of contacts (it’s more valuable to a PM if you can recruit from people via experience or word of mouth). Project Managers and Freelancers can talk to one another. It’s fine – it really is! Recruiters are paid a fixed fee agreed per opportunity. Also margins should not exist (too many reasons to list!) and therefore the software is funded by the low transaction fee. 

Importantly, our ethos is membership driven. All members are charged in the same way at the same fee. Finally we decided to get a team together in order to build a modern solution for project managers, freelancers and recruiters. We launched in April 2017. 6prog is pushing it’s platform to do even more than it already does today. Become a member and help us on our shared journey to revolutionise how projects, recruiting and on boarding get better.